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. Over the past several years, and even more so in 2020, there has been a significant increase in visitors and pressures on the property.

In a joint effort with the Township of Wainfleet, we are launching this public awareness campaign to gather community perspective on future aspirations, stewardship engagement and future management uses for the conservation area. Your participation and feedback are greatly appreciated.

On this project tile, you will have easy access to the following:

  1. Information relating to Wainfleet Wetlands and Quarry Conservation Area.
  2. Frequently Asked Questions relating to the property.
  3. A survey to seek sentiment from the community as we look into the future.
  4. Feedback tools that will provide you the opportunity to offer more insight, after completing the survey.

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 on this portal.

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.

Survey: Fill out this 10-minute survey and tell us about your past and recent experiences at Wainfleet Wetlands and Quarry Conservation Area. Survey will remain open for 30 days from February 22 until March 22, 2021. If you or someone you know prefers to complete this survey over the telephone, or if an alternative accessible format is required, please contact the Township of Wainfleet at 905-899-3463 ext. 224.


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. Over the past several years, and even more so in 2020, there has been a significant increase in visitors and pressures on the property.

In a joint effort with the Township of Wainfleet, we are launching this public awareness campaign to gather community perspective on future aspirations, stewardship engagement and future management uses for the conservation area. Your participation and feedback are greatly appreciated.

On this project tile, you will have easy access to the following:

  1. Information relating to Wainfleet Wetlands and Quarry Conservation Area.
  2. Frequently Asked Questions relating to the property.
  3. A survey to seek sentiment from the community as we look into the future.
  4. Feedback tools that will provide you the opportunity to offer more insight, after completing the survey.

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 on this portal.

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.

Survey: Fill out this 10-minute survey and tell us about your past and recent experiences at Wainfleet Wetlands and Quarry Conservation Area. Survey will remain open for 30 days from February 22 until March 22, 2021. If you or someone you know prefers to complete this survey over the telephone, or if an alternative accessible format is required, please contact the Township of Wainfleet at 905-899-3463 ext. 224.


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! 

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

    Ian asked 2 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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 days 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