During three hour lectures and 120 page readings, it is hard to remember life outside the class room. What about if you considered the outdoors your real classroom? Brock is littered with nature sites that really teach you a lot of cool lessons about the world around you – (if you take time to look that is). Here are a few of my favourites:

1. Bruce Trail.

Have you ever heard of Bruce trail? It is Canada’s oldest and longest foot trail. It goes across Southwestern Ontario, and is 885km long. You can identify being on Bruce Trail by it’s typical tree blaze (a white square in the middle). The squares, whether they are stacked directly on top of each other, or to the left or right, determine what direction to take. It is important to stay on the track so you don’t bother any of the natural habitat around you. As Brock students, we are fortunate enough to live near one of it’s trail-heads. The only trail-heads are in Tobermory, and Queenston/Niagara. Bruce Trail is beautiful, and contains so many cool trees/bugs, and all different types of biodiversity. There is a hiking/biking path near Zone 2 parking behind the sunflower garden, that actually is a part of Bruce Trail. Take a second, and adventure.

 

Bruce Trail's markings! This means go to the right.

2. Alphie’s Trough.

You may have heard of this place, located behind Decew residence. There are tons of trails and trees, with a little bonfire pit with logs to sit on. This trough is often where first year students have gatherings, as well as clubs have icebreakers and meetings. It is really just another one of the things Brock has done to take advantage of the great scenery that Brock has been built on.

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3. Quarry reservation.

The quarry residence is actually located right beside a cool. It is a man-made nature path. The trail is often surrounded by ducks and geese, and there is a cool bridge footpath that leads you to a really peaceful bike trail/place to sit and reflect. At the entrance of the trail, there are some history boards about the Niagara escarpment and settlement. See? Nature can be a classroom!

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4. Decew Falls.

If you drive all west up Glenridge, and right on Decew Road, you’ll reach a waterfall utopia. Decew falls is sooooo beautiful. I mean, the way down to the falls is a little sketchy, and you may slip a bit, but just be careful. You can probably find tons of posts of this spot on Instagram under the hashtag #decewfalls, or maybe under the hashtag #dontgochasingwaterfalls. Ha.

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5. The Gorge.

If you REALLY feel adventurous, make the trip to Niagara Falls. If you don’t have a car, take the 19 Brock Rapid from Brock, or cab it. It is AMAZING, and home to the Niagara Gorge, where you can enjoy the rapids and rocks while staring at the US, only a river away. Pretty sweet hike, if you ask me. As a fellow Niagara Falls born and raised, I would say it is worth the trip.

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Brock is honestly located in the heart of a lot of historical events and places, as well as in the middle of one of the largest and most interesting biospheres — the Niagara escarpment. There aren’t a lot of universities that are so close to nature, and you should REALLY go check it out.

Love,
Jam : )