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Mel Swart Lake Gibson Conservation Park

Tourist attraction Park Nature preserve Bird watching area

One of the Best Places To Visits in Thorold


Address

Allanburg, Thorold, ON L0S 1A0, Canada

Rating on Google Maps

4.50 (602 reviews)

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Working Hours

  • Saturday: 8 AM to 11 PM
  • Sunday: 8 AM to 11 PM
  • Monday: 8 AM to 11 PM
  • Tuesday: 8 AM to 11 PM
  • Wednesday: 8 AM to 11 PM
  • Thursday: 8 AM to 11 PM
  • Friday: 8 AM to 11 PM

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Frequently mentioned in reviews: walk (38) park (34) boardwalk (23) nice (23) lake (21) beautiful (19) water (13) Great (13) trails (12) Nice (12)
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  • 4/5 Esther S. 1 year ago on Google
    There’s a small- medium sized parking lot with free parking. Usually this place is not too busy. You can walk a short distance towards a boardwalk along the lake. There is a lookout on the boardwalk. The boardwalk leads to some short trails along the lake. This is a great place to go for a quick stroll and catch up with a friend you haven’t see in a while.
    9 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Malik K. 6 months ago on Google
    Mel Swart Lake Gibson Conservation Park is a nice park to explore and walk the various trails surrounding Lake Gibson. It's a good place to take your dog out on a walk with you. The main attraction of this park has to be the beautiful boardwalk along the lake. There are places you can sit down and relax along your journey. You can also find a large hill in the middle of the park that if you climb it, you can see a nice overview of the area. It's definitely worth the trip to see it.
    4 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Will C. 1 year ago on Google
    A beautiful spot to stop at! The park has several walking trails both through the woods and through the park. It also has a lovely pier and lookout that provides a stunning view of Lake Gibson. You can even fish here!
    4 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Rachelle T. 1 year ago on Google
    Small park with a nice little boardwalk along small part of waters edge with viewing tower. Would be a good spot for children and to walk dogs. Was able to spot Canada Geese and Swans out on the lake. Free parking available.
    4 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Sarah J. 1 year ago on Google
    A beautiful little park with a chance to get some great sunset photos on the boardwalk. The only improvement is to try making it bigger! It’s a pretty short walk for me and my dogs
    4 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Simone D. 1 year ago on Google
    A cute park near the water. There is a circular trail that takes you past the lake. A few areas suitable for picnics. A parking lot on premise.
    3 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Adam W. 4 years ago on Google
    The place is beautiful to take pics at sunset, so relaxing !
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Jacquelynn A. 3 years ago on Google
    Took my kids here for a walk and we had a blast! I love the variety of trails. You can walk along the boardwalk which had a little lookout, then walk into more wooded area and climb some of the big trees and then finally, play on the big hill. Perfect place to bring littles and keep them interested throughout the walk!
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Frank F. 7 months ago on Google
    I lived in the Niagara Region forever and only recently found this amazing place. The walks on the trails are incredibly relaxing. I absolutely love the boardwalk over the lake. Not many people here which leaves natures beauty unspoiled. Decent amount of parking and easy access from the highway.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Gabrielle T. 1 year ago on Google
    Beautiful place for a walk. We spotted a swan family, a large turtle, several birds and maybe even an eagle! Very quiet on a Saturday afternoon.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 4/5 Jessica S. 4 years ago on Google
    First time here and was a nice quiet walk down the boardwalk.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Johanne P. 2 years ago on Google
    Excellent park. Not large for a conservation area. There is a boardwalk which is certainly the highlight. No picnic tables but there are plenty of seats around. Bring a picnic cloth!
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 brandon N. 6 years ago on Google
    I live within walking distance of this place and I always come here for something to do. There's a nice dock for fishing or other things and a large hill which is great for looking over the park. There are some mtn bike trails here, none of them are good, so I mostly just stick to riding on the gravel or the hill.
    2 people found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Christina C. 2 years ago on Google
    Very beautiful place to walk, definitely want to come back again on a nice day! ☺️
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Raphael S. 4 years ago on Google
    Awesome views with a stunning space to hang out.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 aerismel 3 years ago on Google
    Has parking space and benches to sit and enjoy the view. Beautiful view of the lake. Very cute place to visit with family.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Alexander M. 3 years ago on Google
    Small boardwalk along the lake. Great spot to watch the sunset.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Stacy M. 2 years ago on Google
    Never busy and a great place to walk and enjoy the view of the water during sun rise or sun set.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Shauna-gay B. 3 years ago on Google
    Nice park with lots of benches, trails to walk, boardwalk and even a little hill. Great, peaceful place to take a breath.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Gordon N. 2 years ago on Google
    Great little conservation park in the city. Nice boardwalk in the waters to protect sensitive ecosystem and immersing you into nature. 30 minutes is all you need here.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Mandeep M. 3 years ago on Google
    Peaceful and so romantic n moonlight.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Jesse M. 11 months ago on Google
    Great spot for a little stroll, lots of benches to sit on, paths are stroller friendly, Nice big hill for tobogganing in the winter.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Uday M. 6 months ago on Google
    The lake is truly stunning, with its waters reflecting the surrounding natural beauty. It's a serene and tranquil place that offers a sense of peace and connection with nature.
    1 person found this review helpful 👍

  • 5/5 Sandra D. 4 years ago on Google
    Quiet and just a beautiful scenery

  • 5/5 Redbee 6. 4 years ago on Google
    Best place to chilling in summer love it

  • 5/5 Sourena R. 4 years ago on Google
    Its a beautiful scenery and Great walk. The water doesnt have so much movement and you can easily find the moon bright and big right in the water

  • 4/5 Jose T. 4 years ago on Google
    A good place to see and relax. If you enjoy nature, visit this place.

  • 3/5 Tara B. 2 years ago on Google
    Nice Green park with small board walk section along the lake. Clean

  • 5/5 Janagen R. 4 years ago on Google
    Best place to walk my doggo

  • 5/5 Jeff R. 4 years ago on Google
    A very peaceful place to enjoy a boardwalk and also some colorful birds. A pathway is easy to walk for any age

  • 4/5 Fred D. 4 years ago on Google
    Nature in the city...

  • 5/5 jaiden d. 4 years ago on Google
    Great park, I go there on an almost daily basis!

  • 5/5 Human F. 4 years ago on Google
    The swans were the best

  • 5/5 Jo K. 2 years ago on Google
    Beautiful park near the lake, free parking available, serene views, feels so close to nature

  • 4/5 J G. 3 years ago on Google
    A set of very nice walking trails with a waterfront boardwalk and a bird viewing platform. Trails are packed gravel and terrain is not too challenging. Dogwood trees were flowering nicely and some flowers had come up in the garden. It was a nice walk with the dog on a beautiful day.

  • 5/5 Typhra (. 3 years ago on Google
    A large space with some paths to take. Fairly clean. Boardwalk has a lookout section that's good for birding.

  • 5/5 Nadia Lucía Zechinelli Z. 2 years ago on Google
    Absolutely beautiful views and nice place for walking or sitting and chill.

  • 5/5 Ankit S. 2 years ago on Google
    One of the most beautiful places in Thorold.

  • 4/5 Jeff B. 3 years ago on Google
    Nice place with some great views to go for a short walk. Nice and clean with seating throughout.

  • 4/5 Dinah W. 3 years ago on Google
    Unfortunately the boardwalk was closed still due to Covid-19, the grass is high enough to harbour ticks, and not a lot of treed path areas.

  • 5/5 Victoria N. 1 year ago on Google
    Very nice and peaceful park with beautiful walking trail

  • 4/5 Casey L. 2 years ago on Google
    Smaller than expected and like a 20mins stroll but pretty nice

  • 5/5 Karl G. 1 year ago on Google
    It’s a very relaxing & beautiful place to visit, Families, Sweethearts & Anyone who enjoys the Beauty of Nature!!!

  • 5/5 Dave P. 1 year ago on Google
    Absolutely stunning view of the lake and we got to see the workers completing a statue being put up in the conservation area! So cool. - Dave

  • 5/5 Sharon J. 11 months ago on Google
    Amazing place to walk and relax. Have a quite lunch or coffee under the shade admiring natures beauty. Not too many people around but a nice spot to read a book or ponder over the past week and plan the next week. Looking forward to visiting it again.

  • 5/5 Jade W (. 11 months ago on Google
    Nice place to have a walk. It has a small forest. Although water is not clean.

  • 5/5 Shawn S. 9 months ago on Google
    A small park with an amazing boardwalk. An observation tower makes it a great site for watching migratory birds in season. There is usually a pair of swans in residence.

  • 5/5 Anthony H. 6 months ago on Google
    Mel Swart Lake Gibson Conservation Park is a nice park to explore and walk the various trails surrounding Lake Gibson. It's a good place to take your dog out on a walk with you. The main attraction of this park has to be the beautiful boardwalk along the lake. There are places you can sit down and relax along your journey. You can also find a large hill in the middle of the park that if you climb it, you can see a nice overview of the area. It's definitely worth the trip to see it.

  • 4/5 Aditya T. 8 months ago on Google
    Small, yet beautiful trail. The lake is pretty good and a decent sitting area if you are tired.

  • 5/5 Braidon J. 6 months ago on Google
    Great place for a walk , also can be a nice fishing spot when the tide rolls in.

  • 4/5 Norm F. 4 years ago on Google
    A nice nature walk just outside the city w With a walkway over the shoreline, lots of waterfowl to see

  • 5/5 Jeremiah D. 3 years ago on Google
    Built using the name of an amazing man of the people. When he was still alive Mel Swart pointed out to me how honored he felt to have this gorgeous park bearing his name.

  • 5/5 Sarah P. 3 years ago on Google
    Great place to come and take a nice relaxing walk with the family. You can also feed the ducks

  • 5/5 Dylan P. 4 years ago on Google
    I lived rather close to this park during my University days and it was always a peaceful and gorgeous piece of sanctuary from the hustle bustle of work and studying. It has a nice little variety of paths, an absolutely stunning boardwalk, and periodic sitting space to enjoy across the park. It also is rather popular spot with dogs but the park and maintenance around the park do a good job keeping it clean. While relatively small in the grand scheme of parks I would highly recommend coming here in the early morning to watch the sun rise from the little tower that's on the boardwalk and just hear the world wake up around you.

  • 4/5 Robyn B. 4 years ago on Google
    It's a nice place to walk along the water. However, it's a pretty short walk! I bundled expecting to be able to walk my dogs for an hour or more but the route is about 35 minutes maximum. Ample parking. Though the boardwalks aren't maintained in winter, they were still very useable on the day I went.

  • 5/5 Jeremy B. 4 years ago on Google
    Great place to go for a walk or do some fishing

  • 5/5 Will P. 4 years ago on Google
    Lots of carp. Beauty of a spot.

  • 5/5 Mike Z. 4 years ago on Google
    Beautiful and peaceful

  • 5/5 Larry C. 4 years ago on Google
    Great spot for a stroller walk with kids, or grab a park bench and chill. Or throw a line in the water from the long wooden dock/pathway.

  • 5/5 Stephane B. 4 years ago on Google
    Great for fishing.

  • 4/5 Scott M. 4 years ago on Google
    Nice little park. Small trails a lake with a boardwalk and at least one picnic table.

  • 5/5 Susan Paterson K. 3 years ago on Google
    Nice place to walk the 🐕 dogs and relax.

  • 2/5 Eva H. 4 years ago on Google
    I feel like this place has such good potential to be really beautiful. But you can tell it's neglected, which is so sad. The walkway over the water is so ugly. It's not taken care of. There's grafitti and such all over. Makes me not want to visit and it's such a shame since it's right by my house.

  • 5/5 Jimmy K. 4 years ago on Google
    Nice little park ! Has a bridge going on the water's edge. Really nice !!

  • 3/5 Ken P. 4 years ago on Google
    Fishing hydro dam water reservoir

  • 5/5 Stephen E. 4 years ago on Google
    Nice place for walks

  • 3/5 Hamideh N. 4 years ago on Google
    It was beautiful park but not well-maintained. I found bulk huge garbage in trail, lots of empty bottles and stuff like that that made me sad and unwilling to go there again.

  • 5/5 Helmi J. 4 years ago on Google
    (Translated by Google) Nice place to visit. Calm. (Original) Bel endroit à visiter. Calme.

  • 5/5 Hannah K. 4 years ago on Google
    I love how peaceful it is by the water

  • 5/5 Sarah T. 4 years ago on Google
    Beautiful view

  • 5/5 Peter K. 4 years ago on Google
    Just love the lake for fishing!

  • 5/5 Dwarka P. 4 years ago on Google
    It was a nice place to visit. It has a board walkway over the part of the lake and a lookout area. It also has a pollinator garden and naturalized garden with wild flowers.

  • 5/5 Erin A. 3 years ago on Google
    Love this place. Beautiful place for a walk.

  • 5/5 Pawan S. 3 years ago on Google
    Great area for walking .

  • 5/5 David 5 years ago on Google
    Stopped by here on the way back to the US to grab a few geocachers. This is a nice little park with a great view, especially during the sunset (I got some great photos here). Plenty of parking and a few zigzagging trails available. Along with a wooden walkway that goes over part of the lake. Definitely recommend a stop here!

  • 4/5 Anandhu K. 3 years ago on Google
    Good park but was closed for last few weeks. Good fishing spots nearby.

  • 1/5 Regina Lima P. 3 years ago on Google
    I went today and because of Covid 19 the bridge was closed.

  • 5/5 vibing c. 3 years ago on Google
    Only thing missing was more shade, and one plank replaced in the foreseeable future

  • 4/5 Eric W. 3 years ago on Google
    Popular fishing spot

  • 5/5 Sophia 3 years ago on Google
    I often take my dog's there. Occasionally we get a chance to take them off their leads and let them run free. Unfortunately there is a large tick population there. Otherwise one of our favorite places to go with the puppies. Just make sure you check yourself and your pets for ticks. I also like to take a plastic bag just to try and help keep this area garbage free. The boardwalk is often found to have people fishing. There's also an opportunity to see the swan couple that live on the lake. If you go later in the day towards dusk you might even see some deer.

  • 4/5 Shirley J. 3 years ago on Google
    Great walking trails and saw the beaverdams swans

  • 5/5 Munashe M. 3 years ago on Google
    Beautiful scenery.

  • 3/5 Melissa W. 3 years ago on Google
    Good local park with a pretty board walk. Good for walking the dog or exercising if you live in the area but I wouldn't travel out of my way for it.

  • 5/5 Jessica B. 3 years ago on Google
    The bridge over the water is beautiful The paths are always well maintained and there is some wildlife to enjoy (I've seen lots of birds there and I spotted a muskrat once there)

  • 5/5 Patricia L. 3 years ago on Google
    It is so peaceful! The sun on the water, the walk along the water, the fact that you can know the highway is not far but you can't hear it. Bliss just outside of the city.

  • 5/5 Brad W. 3 years ago on Google
    Beautiful walk for kids

  • 5/5 Nathaly J. 3 years ago on Google
    Beautiful view of local swans❤

  • 5/5 Kim L. 3 years ago on Google
    It looks good keep it up

  • 5/5 hunter b. 3 years ago on Google
    Fun little walk

  • 5/5 Kay T. 3 years ago on Google
    Love this place

  • 5/5 M M. 3 years ago on Google
    For a limited size there is a lot of trail and waterfront packed in. Found this place by chance, would definitely come back

  • 5/5 Liam H. 3 years ago on Google
    Very beautiful park

  • 5/5 David T M. 3 years ago on Google
    For a small conservation area this is wonderful. There’s an excellent boardwalk along the lake.

  • 5/5 Koray K. 3 years ago on Google
    A nice park beside a beautiful lake in Thorold and very close to St Catherines. There are many benches if you wish to take a breath while the kids are running around. Park was pretty clean and there is parking available for probably 30 cars or so which seems sufficient.


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  • Pets
    • ✓️ Dogs allowed
  • Activities
    • ✓️ Hiking
  • Accessibility
    • ✓️ Wheelchair-accessible car park
    • ✓️ Wheelchair-accessible entrance

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