Soggy ground making Ontario trails treacherous
Officials warn hikers to be careful after 3 injured in falls from Niagara Escarpment
Hitting the trails to take advantage of the warm weather? Officials are reminding hikers to be careful after three people were injured Friday night while walking along the Niagara Escarpment.
A young couple was badly injured after falling some 18 metres from the escarpment near Beamer Falls in the Grimsby area.
The pair got into trouble when they wandered off the trail, according to Sgt. Neil Orlando of the Niagara Regional Police. Both suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries.
“The ground is unstable at this time of year, and the ground gave way and the couple fell down into the lower ravine,” Orlando told CBC News.
Also on Friday night, a 52-year-old woman fell near Tew’s Falls outside of Hamilton. It took firefighters 45 minutes to reach her and more than four hours to get her out safely.
Remarkably, her only injury was a broken ankle. Tew’s Falls is 41 metres high, though it is not known if the woman fell from its highest point.
The ground is saturated with water because of the winter’s heavy snowfall, and might remain wet for longer than usual said Laurian Farrell of the Toronto Conservation Authority.
“Always during the spring months we have to be very careful when we’re walking on natural areas, pathways, near banks because the ground can be very slippery and soft,” Farrell said. “So it's quite easy to lose your footing.”