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Our Vision

Inspiring people of all ages and all abilities to respect, protect and enjoy the world of nature.

All trails are considered easy and accessible unless marked

A Pin Oak Trail (442m)

B Black Gum Trail (926m)

C OTF Boardwalk Trail (275m)

D Accessible Pollinator Loop (124m)

E OPG Pollinator Trail (540m)

yellow triangle rest area marker Rest Area

Be sure to enjoy these highlights on your visit

1 Nature Center

2 Early Settler’s Cabin

3 CTFS Pavilion

4 Creative Play Centre

5 Storywalk Star

6 OTF Outback Program Area

7 Forest Platforms

8 Tree House

9 Turtle Lookout

10 Coyote and Fox Pavilions

11 Wolf and Bear Pavilions

12 Fish Pond Boardwalk

13 Parkside Washrooms

14 Mario’s Mini Putt

15 Picnic and Play Area

16 Campfire Pit

17 Observation Platform

18 Challenge Course

Since 2003, Heartland Forest has served Niagara Region and Southwestern Ontario through its universal dedication to inspire the lives of people of all ages and abilities to respect, protect and enjoy the world of nature. Programs include wetland and woodland restoration, environmental education and inclusive adventure camps; adaptable fitness and sports activities for children, adults and seniors; work experience and day programs for persons with disabilities; and a unique and accessible wood working shop. We are open to the public year-round – FREE OF CHARGE.

Located in the southwest portion of Niagara Falls, Heartland Forest is situated on over 200 acres that includes 4 kms of easy access trails meandering through grasslands, wetlands and the largest stand of Carolinian Forest in the Niagara Peninsula. The wetland is largely comprised of a swamp forest, also known as a slough forest. In terms of both wetland and Carolinian Forest coverage, this area presents one of the largest remaining ecosystems of its kind in the Niagara Region and is a valuable refuge for many species at risk.

As forests make way for urban growth, properties such as Heartland Forest are becoming more critical to meeting the habitat needs of local wildlife populations. We are committed to conserving this core forest and wetland.  In doing so we are promoting wildlife habitat where it is often needed most: in our urban forests – especially in the rapidly expanding urban fringe areas. Maintaining our connection with nature is a fundamental need. Heartland Forest provides a unique landscape that supports a diversity of flora and fauna and provides an ever-expanding human population with direct access to nature. We passionately believe that the best way to protect natural habitat is to become far more conscious and intentional about restoring, enhancing and maintaining high biodiversity.

Over the years the property has developed to include forest trails and boardwalks, picnic pavilions, mini-putt, one of the largest tree-houses in Canada, fish, frog and turtle ponds with boardwalks and our 14,000 square foot Nature Centre – all accessible. Parents can push a stroller through the woods on the wide, easy-access paths. People who use mobility devices can park close to the entrance to the forest and lose themselves in nature without worrying about encountering roots, rocks, curbs and steps. We are a much-loved community resource, open to the public year-round – free of charge. Donations boxes are located throughout the property and are so appreciated.

In 2021, Heartland Forest received a $47,000 Resilient Fund Grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation to re-imagine the delivery of programs and services to meet the needs of the community. The funding was instrumental in our park-side and trail improvements and gives Niagara Region improved access to green spaces for years to come.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non-profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit to learn more.

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