Wainfleet Wetlands & Quarry- Public Awareness Campaign

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Welcome to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority's online engagement platform, Get Involved NPCA.

Thank you for your interest in the Wainfleet Wetlands & Quarry Conservation Area. The NPCA has owned and managed this popular conservation area since 1978.

In a joint effort with the Township of Wainfleet, the NPCA launched a public survey in February 2021 to gather community perspective on stewardship engagement and future management uses for the conservation area. The participation and feedback received from the community was greatly appreciated and helped to inform decisions for Phase One site enhancements and safety measures.

On this project tile, you will find:

  1. Information relating to Wainfleet Wetlands and Quarry Conservation Area.
  2. Frequently Asked Questions.
  3. Timeline on Phase One site enhancements.
  4. Report on Public Survey results (Survey Report 2021 Document).

We encourage you to "Follow This Project" by clicking on the widget found on the right hand column. This helps ensure you receive notifications as more information and engagement tools are made available for this project.

Available Tools Below:
Q&A: If you have questions that we haven't answered in the list of FAQs, please send us your question using the FAQ-Q&A tool below and we'll do our best to address them in a timely manner.


Welcome to the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority's online engagement platform, Get Involved NPCA.

Thank you for your interest in the Wainfleet Wetlands & Quarry Conservation Area. The NPCA has owned and managed this popular conservation area since 1978.

In a joint effort with the Township of Wainfleet, the NPCA launched a public survey in February 2021 to gather community perspective on stewardship engagement and future management uses for the conservation area. The participation and feedback received from the community was greatly appreciated and helped to inform decisions for Phase One site enhancements and safety measures.

On this project tile, you will find:

  1. Information relating to Wainfleet Wetlands and Quarry Conservation Area.
  2. Frequently Asked Questions.
  3. Timeline on Phase One site enhancements.
  4. Report on Public Survey results (Survey Report 2021 Document).

We encourage you to "Follow This Project" by clicking on the widget found on the right hand column. This helps ensure you receive notifications as more information and engagement tools are made available for this project.

Available Tools Below:
Q&A: If you have questions that we haven't answered in the list of FAQs, please send us your question using the FAQ-Q&A tool below and we'll do our best to address them in a timely manner.


FAQs & more

Please review the below Frequently Asked Questions about the Wainfleet Wetlands & Quarry property! If this information does not answer your question, please use this tool to get in touch with us and we will get back to you as soon as we can with a response. We are always listening. 

Important Note: if you would like to use this tool to send us your contact information to receive future communication regarding this project, please make sure to include this in the body of your email. This platform asks you to enter your name and email to send us a message, however the email is only collected on the back end and does not come through to staff as it is meant to be an anonymous tool. We encourage you to 'subscribe' by entering your email in the widget found on the home page. This means you will automatically receive updates.

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    Please Keep Me informed And I am willing to volunteer if you need assistance.

    Rongits asked 9 months ago

    Hi Rongits, thanks for sending this message over. Unfortunately your email does not come through to us even after you enter it to send this message. Since this is an anonymous tool, the only thing we can see is your name.

    Please send us another message the same way but add you email address within the content. Or you can go to the home page and enter your email directly in the 'subscribe' widget found on the right hand column. This will mean you are subscribed to the project and will receive automatic updates when any information is added to this portal.

    If you wish to sign up as a volunteer, please visit https://npca.ca/conservation/volunteer and complete the form, specifying your interest in projects and initiatives directly related to Wainfleet Wetlands & Quarry Conservation Area. 

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    The population is growing how do you plan on protecting this area from vandalism, and neglect. People drinking there doing drugs its hard for regular people to enjoy such a beautiful place if its not monitored for the saftey of others, please get back to me Thankyou so much

    Lynn whitaker asked 9 months ago

    Hi Lynn, thanks for reaching out. We appreciate you sharing your concerns with us, and we certainly agree that these need to be addressed. At this time, we are still in the preliminary stages, collecting feedback from the community. We encourage you to fill out the survey available on this portal so that your responses are also included in the final results, the survey is open until March 22, 2021.

    Once the NPCA and Township of Wainfleet are able to analyze all of the feedback, these will be used to inform short-term and long-term decisions for this park. This is when we will begin to explore solutions to concerns such as the ones you have shared with us.

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    How does opening this site to the public benefit Wainfleet and its tax payers.

    Ian asked 9 months ago

    Hello Ian, thank you for the question. 

    NPCA Conservation Areas are accessible to all Niagara residents and visitors to the Niagara Peninsula watershed for recreational activities and uses, such as hiking, birdwatching, and nature photography.

    At this time we're only seeking feedback from residents of Wainfleet and surrounding areas, on their visions for the future active uses of the Wainfleet Quarry Conservation Area. Once we analyze all of the results, these will help inform future decisions.

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    What exactly are the Wainfleet Wetlands/Quarry?

    10 months ago

    Once covered by a shallow, warm sea 300-450 million years ago, what is now the Wainfleet Wetlands & Quarry Conservation Area was the site of a clay and limestone quarry from the late 19th century until the 1960s. Fossils of the plants and animals that lived in the Paleozoic sea can be seen in the exposed limestone of the Onondaga Formation, in the quarry walls and on rock tableland.

    Today, the quarries and clay pits have naturalized and are home for fish, birds, waterfowl, turtles, snakes and plants. Unique alvar communities of rock-loving plants also thrive in the shallow soils.

    This Conservation Area is a natural area and helps fulfill the NPCA’s objective to further the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources, as it is managed to provide habitat for fish and wildlife and to preserve the geological significance of the site, while providing passive recreational and educational opportunities.

    Learn more at https://npca.ca/parks/wainfleet-wetlands

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    What is the NPCA’s relation to the Wainfleet Wetlands & Quarry Conservation Area?

    10 months ago

    Purchased by the NPCA in 1978, today the quarries and clay pits have naturalized and are home for fish, birds, waterfowl, turtles, snakes and plants. Unique alvar communities of rock-loving plants also thrive in the shallow soils.

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    How is the Wainfleet Wetlands & Quarry property meaningful, and what flora and fauna can be found there?

    10 months ago

    This Conservation Area is a natural area and helps fulfill the NPCA’s objective to further the conservation, restoration, development and management of natural resources, as it is managed to provide habitat for fish and wildlife and to preserve the geological significance of the site, while providing passive recreational and educational opportunities.

    The site contains the best exposed fossil and viewing area of geological formation and fossils (ancient marine lifeforms) in the Niagara Peninsula, highlighting species that lived 380- 450 million years ago in the shallow warm saltwater sea of the Michigan Basin that covered the site. Trilobites, crinoids shellfish and corrals can be seen.

    This important property is home to a variety of unique and significant habitats including: alvars, prairie, cliffs, provincially significant wetlands, upland forest, low shrub areas and open water and streams. It contains terrestrial and aquatic habitat, supporting waterfowl staging areas, and is home to a number of birds (passerine, raptors, waterfowl), mammals, fish, turtles, snakes, frogs, toads, and salamanders. 

    This wetland is unique as it attracts a large variety of bird species, with over 50 different confirmed sightings. Yellow Warblers are the most common, and wading and shorebirds are plentiful as are Great Blue Herons, Egrets, Gulls, Terns, and Sandpipers. Guests may also encounter Bald Eagles, Northern Pintails, Northern Shovelers, Mallards, and more. 

    Wainfleet Wetlands is a Bronze Plaque Award winner for quarry rehabilitation work with the Management of Abandoned Aggregate Properties Program, awarded for efforts to increase wetland development and habitat cover for improved diversity and function in the landscape.

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    What are the current Conservation Area Rules and Regulations for this site?

    10 months ago

    Visitors are asked to follow these guidelines when at NPCA conservation areas: (EN FRANÇAIS)

    • Wear a mandatory face mask or covering in all public enclosed spaces, including washrooms, buildings, and gatehouses 
    • Practice physical distance by staying 2 metres (6 feet) apart from other visitors
    • Do not gather in large groups of more than 10 people
    • All visitors must vacate conservation area by posted park closure time.
    • Stay on trail. Respect wildlife and plant-life.
    • Dispose of trash in designated receptacle or take your trash with you when leaving the property.
    • Littering is prohibited.
    • All pets must remain on leash at all times, and owners must clean up after them. Pets are not permitted on swimming beaches.
    • Alcohol is prohibited at all NPCA Conservation Area day-use areas.
    • Damage to or removal of wildlife, vegetation or natural features is prohibited.
    • Gas-powered watercraft, all-terrain and off-road vehicles are prohibited.
    • All visitors must adhere to provincial and municipal public health guidelines at all times.
    • NPCA reserves the right to restrict access to Conservation Areas at any time due to capacity limits, public health restrictions, and/or health and safety purposes.


    Our Conservation Areas are currently open for passive recreation only, such as winter hiking, nature photography, and bird watching. Non-permitted uses include swimming, off-road/all-terrain vehicle use, and horseback riding among others. 

    Please note that during the winter season, there are no washroom facilities available, trails are not maintained and parking lot and sidewalks will be maintained on an as-required basis in the event of snow. The NPCA cannot guarantee timeframe of snow removal. During the winter months, visitors are using the areas at their own risk and they must comply with CA rules and regulations and opening/closing times.

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    What types of conservation work has been done at this property, and how is it being accomplished?

    10 months ago

    Some conservation projects that have been completed at this site include: 

    • Fish stocking and fish habitat creation
    • Tree planting and wetland creation 
    • Snake hibernacula construction with MAAP
    • Seismic study
    • Turtle basking habitat construction
    • Trail restoration


    Other on-going conservation work that are not one-time projects include:

    • Ecological Land Classification, vegetation monitoring
    • Wetland plants monitoring
    • Amphibian and reptile monitoring
Page last updated: 24 June 2021, 14:33