The planted face is maintained by Niagara Parks horticulture staff, while the mechanism is kept in working order by Ontario Hydro, the organization that originally built the clock. The intricate designs on the face of the timepiece are created with up to 16,000 carpet bedding plants. The floral design is changed twice each year - it features violas in the Spring and four cultivars of Alternanthera along with green and grey forms of Santolina Sage during the Summer and Fall. California Golden Privet and Blue Festuca Grass may be used for contrast.
The grounds surrounding the clock feature bedding displays and a Tower at the back of the clock houses Westminster chimes that greet each quarter hour. If the door into the Tower is open, you can take a glimpse at the clock mechanism and enjoy photographs that show the history of every face design all the way back to 1950.
An attractive feature is a 10-foot wide water garden that curves 85 feet around the base of the timepiece - it is a popular place to make a wish!
Featured Cycling in Ontario
Whether you are an avid road cyclist, recreational rail trail fan or adventurous mountain biker, Simcoe County has a large variety of cycling routes and activities to fill first time visits and countless return trips. Centrally located, once you are in Simcoe County many quiet roadways connect smaller communities and larger centers. Simcoe County has a myriad of trails throughout the county, from abandoned rail lines to waterfront meanders, through many provincial parks and conservation areas. Connecting from one trail or road to another is not hard to do, making longer cross county tours from the beaches of Georgian Bay to the shores of Lake Simcoe an attractive possibility. Regardless of route there are plenty of opportunities to learn more about the rich agricultural and cultural heritage of the area, while enjoying the charm and comforts available throughout the County. Mountain bikers will not be disappointed, as there are number of well known and well maintained private trail facilities that host regular events and competitions, plus activities and clinics for beginners.
Peel Region and Greenbelt Areas
Peel Region and Greenbelt areas have a number excellent cycling destinations and off road bicycle trails attracting a variety of cyclists. Quiet rail trails through natural and rural areas, challenging escarpment road riding and a variety of mountain biking trails can easily be found with the detail route planning information resources available for this area.
Exploring the Niagara Region
Niagara is becoming known for cycling almost as much for wine. An incredible selection of bicycle routes and trails make this a popular destination for cyclists. Whether joining a tour or striking it on your own, there are short or multi-day trips to suit all levels. Meander between wineries through farmland, travel along rivers and lakes, or take advantage of acres devoted to mountain biking featuring the Escarpment. Plans for additional bike ways will help ensure that cyclists keep enjoying all Niagara has to offer. There is ample infrastructure to support cyclists, including signed routes, maps, and smartphone apps.