Not far upriver from the Falls, this cluster of islands quiets hurried lives with ten acres of wildlife habitat and recreational opportunity. The four islands, linked by bridges, offer a swimming area, trails and picnicking locales. Incredible views add to the appeal, and bird-watching regularly attracts a good contingent of folks. In addition, catch-and-release fishing draws outdoor enthusiasts who can’t get enough of the Niagara River’s irresistible charms. NB This area is home to the “Winter Festival of Lights” from November to January each year.

Photo  courtesy of The Niagara Parks Commission.