Care about the water quality, wildlife and natural environment of the One Mile Creek watershed in Niagara on the Lake

One Mile Creek Stewardship Guide cover

Landowner Stewardship Guide helps residents

The Landowner Stewardship Guide was developed especially for residents living within the One Mile Creek watershed in Niagara-on-the-Lake.
Guide to Woodland Plants

Guide to woodland plants in Niagara

Plants of southern Ontario forests are not only beautiful, but essential to maintaining the diversity and health of our forests. A new guide available for free download makes it easy to identify native woodland plants of the Niagara Peninsula watershed.

Niagara on the Lake links about conservation

The Friends of One Mile Creek website is happy to provide links to other websites in Niagara on the Lake that may be of interest to people interested in natural conservation.
Pale purple coneflower in a garden. (Garden Making photo)

Native plant list for Niagara on the Lake

Suggestions for plants to be grown on the banks of One Mile Creek. Called a riparian buffer, the plants improve water quality by slowing the flow of water over the land, allowing it to infiltrate into the soil. Buffers also provide habitat, increasing biodiversity. The vegetation removes sediment and pollution, such as fertilizers, pesticides, bacteria and even road salt.
One Mile Creek at Gage St

5 ways to make a difference for the Creek

We have a tradition in Niagara on the Lake of private landowners taking efforts to further natural conservation. If you have a property adjacent to One Mile Creek, there are some simple but effective ways to help improve water quality.
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Neighbourhood community volunteers who came out to dig up the turf and plant Heritage Trail pollinator garden

Neighbourhood stewardship in action

A group of neighbourhood volunteers has created a pollinator garden at the entrance to the Heritage Trail at Paffard and Charlotte Streets, on the upper reaches of One Mile Creek.
Unilever volunteers at King and John on June 8, 2022, with their harvest of weeds.

Unilever volunteers help weed restoration planting

Volunteers from Unilever Canada converged on the Town park at King and John Streets to spend an hour weeding the 2020 plantings.
Plants such as swamp milkweed attract monarch butterflies and other pollinators.

Pollinator garden at King and John flourishing

The pollinator garden at the corner of John and King streets initiated by Friends of One Mile Creek continues to flourish.
FOMC King and John Oct 24 tree planting Rene Bertschi 13

Mulch helps establish trees and shrubs at King and John park

Mulch helps new plantings of native trees and shrubs in the public park at King and John Streets.
Williams Street Park in July 2021 (Photo by Chris Earl)

William Street pollinator garden looking spectacular

The large buffer/pollinator garden at the top of the hill abutting One Mile Creek on the public land at 433 William Street was planted starting in 2012 and is looking spectacular in 2021. The area that today is a public park was the town dump in the 1940s.
Oct 24 2020 tree planting of extended area along One Mile Creek. (Photo by René Bertschi)

Native trees and shrubs help revitalize the One Mile Creek watershed

Volunteers planted 450 native plants and shrubs on Oct. 24, 2020, in the park area at the corner of King and John St. in Old Town in the restoration project organized by Friends of One Mile Creek.