Twelve Mile Creek

A landowner stewardship initiative dedicated to working with community partners to preserve and enhance Niagara’s only significant coldwater stream 

© Ian D. Smith, 01 November 2017

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Healthy Twelve Mile Creek is an initiative of the Niagara Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada with support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and the Friends of Greenbelt Foundation. 


This landowner stewardship program aims to work with private property owners along the headwaters of Twelve Mile Creek and its tributaries to help preserve, protect, and enhance the watershed. The health of the headwaters of Twelve Mile Creek is critical to the quality of water flowing downstream through St. Catharines and into Lake Ontario. With over 80% of the area within the headwaters privately owned, landowners have the potential for major impact on the quality of the watershed. By participating in this restoration work, landowners can help ensure the health of Twelve Mile Creek.

12 Mile Creek

Twelve Mile Creek is the last remaining spring-fed cold water stream in the Niagara Peninsula with a known native population of Brook Trout. 

Brook Trout

Brook Trout are an indicator species for healthy waterways. Once plentiful in Twelve MIle Creek, Brook Trout numbers are dwindling.  



Twelve Mile Creek

If you own land on or adjacent to Twelve Mile Creek, we can help you contribute to the health of your watershed through planting native trees and shrubs for shade, and through reducing inflow and improving erosion control. We will work with you and restoration experts to create and initiate a plan to conserve, protect and restore that portion of the stream that passes through your property. 

A project by the                                                                                                      Sponsored by the Ontario Trillium Foundation