Date: Saturday May 24
Hike Leader: Robert Freeman
Our email states that we are picking up at Yonge and York Mills at 10:00am. The hike start at Niagara Gorge will have to be 12:00 noon.
At the end of the last Ice Age, the glaciers receded back to the north. Freed from the massive weight of the ice, the earth cracked and rebounded creating the Niagara Escarpment. This radically changed the way water flowed from the continent and created the Great Lakes as we know them today. The Niagara River was the only point where lake water flowed over the Escarpment and the Falls were born at the site now known as Queenston. In the thousands of years since, the falls have carved their way back through the Escarpment to their present position. Today we will be hiking where the Falls were 9000 years ago.
On this hike you will see some amazing examples of nature's forces at work. Huge gaping potholes carved in granite by small pebbles driven by the incessant flow of the river. Enormous boulders left by the river as it changed course. Dramatic textures carved into rockfaces over thousands of years. Not to mention the river rapids and the sheer enormity of the gorge itself. If we are lucky, the trilliums will still be blooming and the gorge will be alive with verdant growth. There is something wonderfully primeval about this place that speaks of a time before humankind; like some lost valley in the Himalayas. There are fossils everywhere down here, Trilobites, Scorpions and Sea Lilies. Keep your eyes open. This is a scenic hike, not a marathon. Stop and smell the mosses.
These notes are by Rolf Berger.
From Yonge and York Mills at 10:00am...
Here are the instructions from Google Maps. We have just updated the driving instructions to conform with Google's recommendations.
The hike starts at 12:00 noon.
This is a fairly difficult hike with slippery rocks and a lot of ups and downs. Hiking boots are strongly recommended. The distance is fairly short and the speed will be moderate. The composite photograph below is the whirlpool from on top of one end of the cable car.
After the hike, at approximately 4:00 p.m., for those of you interested, we will check out one or two winerys in the area.
For those of you who wish to head back straight home, we will miss you (maybe next time) or some may wish to head straight into Niagara On The Lake to wander around and/or go for dinner at the Olde Angel Inn in the downtown. Those of us heading to the winery can head to dinner afterwards.
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