Enjoy the dramatic vista over the Islands from the Mission outlook, then, past the north end of the parking lot, descend a steep slope through Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy reserve and out to the Georgian Bay shore.
The Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy was established to preserve the landscape, ecology and wildlife of the Niagara Escarpment by developing and managing a system of nature reserves on which only ecologically sustainable recreational activities would be permitted.
The Niagara Escarpment has been designated a World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations. It is a continuous series of natural areas, consisting of forests, meadows, marshes, rocky cliffs and shorelines, centered on a spectacular 400 million year old geological formation It is home to the most ancient and least disturbed forest ecosystem east of the Rocky Mountains, with thousand year old cedar trees and a wide diversity of plants and animals.
Threatened or endangered species include Lady's Slipper Orchid, Massasauga Rattlesnake, Hart's Tongue Fern among others.
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