Scenic Mount Nemo, located on Guelph Line in Burlington just beyond the urban sprawl, is beautiful year-round and ready to be explored.
The area, which is beloved by locals, offers one of the best examples of a cliff edge ecosystem in Ontario, making it a pretty special place to visit. From hiking to climbing, visitors can explore the limestone cliffs dotted with ancient cedars that appear to grow out of the rock face. The mountain is also home to a rare old growth forest in all of its spectacular glory.
Experience the beauty of Mount Nemo with Burlington Realtor® and host of The Genuine Realtor® Show, Rochelle Edwards above!
“Mount Nemo first opened up to the public in 1971, but the initial 88 acres of land were acquired back in 1959 in an effort to stop the Lowville quarry from expanding their operations,” explains Edwards. “Land continued to be added through the 60s, 70s, and 80s, which eventually led to the approval of the Niagara Escarpment Plan in 1985.”
The quarry operated for just two years from 1958 to 1959, and visitors can still see the ruins throughout the landscape as they wander the trails. They can even access the old quarry from one of the side loops via an access road down into the regrowing quarry pit full of the last of the exposed limestone that was never processed.
In 1990, the Niagara Escarpment became a UNESCO biosphere reserve in recognition of the balance between nature and humans. Visitors can take in the view from the Brock Harris lookout, which sits at 295 meters above sea level, or about half the height of the CN Tower. The lookout, which opened in 1993, is conveniently located at the end of the main trailhead path. Visitors can catch a view out towards Milton, Mississauga, and Toronto from multiple locations, but they are advised to stay away from the cliff's edge as it can be dangerous.
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