Two people on island in Dufferin IslandsNiagara Parks and the Environment

Most people are not aware that nearly 1/3 of all Niagara Parks’ property consists of natural areas.  Even more unknown is the fact that the Niagara Parks Commission controls more land beneath the river (river bed) then dry land.

NPC has established an enviable record of land stewardship that is reflected in its own Environmental Mission Statement (EMS), which was adopted by the Commission on July 21, 2000.  According to the Statement, it is NPC’s goal to “improve environmental quality and sustainable development throughout the Parks system for the benefit of visitors, employees and associates”.

Properties and Planning staff work closely with governing environmental bodies to ensure proper care and consideration is given to natural areas situated all along the Niagara river corridor, before any development occurs on land or in water.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

  • Question: Can I clear vegetation along the river adjacent to my property so that I have a better view and if not, who can?
    Answer: No one is permitted to clear any type of vegetation on NPC lands.  Residents on the Niagara Parkway who feel the vegetation adjacent to their property is overgrown can contact the Horticulture Department.

NPC staff will assess vegetation along the river bank and will selectively clear invasive (non-native) species from the bank.  It is important to maintain a certain level of vegetation to insure bank stability is not compromised.

  • Question: Is it acceptable to dump grass clippings and other compostable materials on NPC lands?
    Answer: This is not an acceptable practice and we encourage people who witness these actions to report them to the Niagara Parks Police.

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