Natural landscape of Niagara to be boosted with federal grant money

Owen Hughes

The natural landscape of Niagara is a sight to see, and is known for attracting tourists from around the world every year. Therefore, it’s only logical that the government and Parks Canada are determined to protect our beautiful region.

Parks Canada has allocated $970,000 in grants to invest in Niagara’s national historic sites this year. Additionally, the Niagara Community Foundation is contributing $20,500 in grants from the Environmental Legacy Fund.

Together, this financial investment will ensure that the natural landscape of Niagara and the Niagara parks we know and love will remain protected and preserved for the long-term future.


Niagara parks will stay protected

One of the biggest goals is to protect the shoreline along Lake Ontario, which is eroding in some areas. Research will be conducted to determine the best solution to prevent the shoreline from eroding further as well as to protect the environment around the affected areas.

80-100 metres of shoreline will also be designated for emergency protection work, part of which includes removing some trees that have been affected by the erosion. The majority of this work will take place along the shore at Fort Mississauga National Historic Site and the Niagara-on-the-Lake Golf Course.


Niagara ecotourism is rising

Last year’s efforts to bring more tourism to Niagara were highly successful, as 2017 saw a surge in tourism revenue. Now that more visitors are arriving in the area from all over the world, the focus is now shifting to include Niagara ecotourism in the mix. With a focus on the gorgeous Niagara Escarpment and the surrounding areas along the greenbelt, many are realizing the importance of keeping this natural environment preserved.


From the Niagara Escarpment to the West Coast

Across the country, $3 billion dollars is to be invested in Parks Canada locations, and Niagara is fortunate enough to be home to some of these areas. The funding will be distributed over the next 5 years.

If you are thinking of investing in Niagara, you are making an excellent choice. The region has begun to see a rise in developments, tourism revenue, and other economic gains, and the future is very promising.