Mission Statement

Friends of 12 Mile Creek has been established to help provide leadership in promoting environmental stewardship of the area, in partnership and cooperation with the greater Niagara community.
We are committed to the development of a sustainable future for 12 Mile Creek that recognizes its history, economic contributions and its natural settings open to everyone to explore and enjoy.
what people say

The bike racecourse approved by NPCA is an environmental disaster.  SEA has engaged the NPCA to provide all particulars regarding construction permits granted to the CSG on these regulated lands. It has become alarmingly apparent that those lands held in public trust for preservation and conservation have been abandoned in favour of a bike racecourse.

 

St. Catharines Environmental Alliance (SEA)

St. Catharines Environmental Alliance (SEA)

St. Catharines Environmental Alliance (SEA)

I think your group has exactly the right concerns about the construction of a mountain bike trail along the sloped edge of the 12 mile creek valley.  If someone were to approach me to ask if such a proposal would be acceptable to me, I would answer with a resounding ‘no’.  The environmental, financial, and public safety costs grossly outweigh the benefits.

Dr. Doug Larson (ecologist)

Dr. Doug Larson (ecologist)

Emeritus Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph (retired)

The decision to move the mountain bike course for the Games from Brock needs to be investigated further, as this is where it all began. The rapid decision that the NPCA made to approve the construction is historical. The NPCA typically makes environmental assessments before approvals and this process needs to be investigated as well.  New trails were constructed in a sensitive ravine environment, near residential properties, cutting through untouched areas where no paths existed. What a sad legacy for the Games.

Marianna Varpalotai

Marianna Varpalotai

Athletic Therapist, Environmental Activist

I am now following this closely. The Mayor has been a key player in getting this done and the biggest cheerleader in promoting “a new trail system for Niagara”. Like we need more trails!  St. Catharines is no longer “The Garden City”.  Shame on our elected officials.

David Cottrill

David Cottrill

Niagara Resident, Entrepreneur

As an avid outdoor enthusiast and cyclist, I have experienced many of Niagara’s trails. The building of a new permanent trail system within the 12 mile creek area rather than using those previously approved and developed makes little sense. Using the established trails would have prevented these new trails being built and further encroaching on what is now a limited and fragile natural environment. It is very unfortunate when there is a lack of public discourse on something so important.

Rob Fallis

Rob Fallis

Outdoor Enthusiast, MTB Rider

Why must a small group of local citizens be forced take a stand to fight political irresponsible decision making and a total disrespect for our natural heritage and water resource systems? Where are our elected officials?

John Garner

John Garner

Pastor, Concerned Citizen

The NPCA needs to be held accountable for issuing a permit to allow this to happen.  Were they” asleep at the wheel” or is this another example of “political interference” infiltrating Niagara’s environmental protection agency?  

Dawoud Najmudin

Dawoud Najmudin

Student, Concerned Environmentalist

This destruction of 12 Mile Creek woodland, the lack of transparency from the municipal government and agencies involved in this is an outrage and does not serve our communities best interests. There is a trail of information that reveals the disturbing chain of events leading to this wanton destruction. If not for citizen groups like Friends of 12 Mile Creek this would not have come to light. It is time for our community to hold all parties accountable and take action. 

Jennifer A

Jennifer A

Community Activist, Niagara

This group has taken on a big challenge and I fully support their efforts.  Something terribly wrong in how this has been allowed to happen.  Seems like the “Games” has already started.  And the loser is the environment. 

Reza Rastegar

Reza Rastegar

Dental Surgeon, Niagara

I support the work of FO12.  They are exposing the lies and making the broader Niagara community aware of what has happened and continues unabated still.  Once again, our natural environment is being destroyed for reasons that are self-serving and for a select few.  In this case, a group of mountain bike enthusiasts!

Michael Prytula

Michael Prytula

Outdoor Enthusiast, Niagara

“I have enjoyed running, walking, mountain biking, and  x-c skiing the trails of Twelve Mile Creek for over 30 years. Never once have I thought we need more trails!  Thank you Friends of Twelve Mile Creek for raising concerns and working to stop this completely unnecessary NEW trail.”

Lorne Smith

Lorne Smith

Outdoor Enthusiast, Niagara

The ravine is a community asset that should not be turned into a playground for a small group of competitive bikers.  I support attempts to clean up and maintain the existing paths, but not at the expense of cutting new paths into the fragile ravine slopes.  I fully support the efforts of the Friends of 12 Mile Creek.  The ravine is not a racecourse!

Peter Ramm

Peter Ramm

Local Resident, Entrepreneur

Walkers, runners, cyclists, and nature lovers enjoy this ravine for its peace, rich variety of plants and wildlife, and woodland tree canopy. The Twelve Mile Creek valleyland contains many special natural heritage features and contributes to the unique biodiversity of the Niagara Peninsula watershed.  A racecourse here will destroy this sensitive area.

Helen Staal

Helen Staal

Local Resident, Passionate Environmentalist

A resident of Welland, I have hiked trails across Niagara including the original trails along the 12 Mile Creek waterway.  And while sports has been a huge part of my life, I am absolutely shocked at what the Games have done to the upper ravine areas, having now been exposed to what is happening.  Shame on the Games, local politicians and the NPCA for allowing this to happen … and not being truthful along the way. 

Gail Murdoch

Gail Murdoch

Active Sportsperson, Niagara

A watershed moment for Niagara.  Do we care enough about our environment to do something?  Time to walk the talk.  I fully support what this group is doing.  Actions speak louder than words and without action there will be no change”

Dave McDonnell

Dave McDonnell

Niagara Business Leader, Outdoor Enthusiast

I’ve lived here for over 60 years and there have never been any original trails in the upper slopes where the racecourse is being built.  It used to be dense bush and vegetation.  If we can stop them from going any further we can restore it to its natural state. This is a travesty.

David Griffiths, 89 Years Young

David Griffiths, 89 Years Young

Historian, Outdoor Enthusiast, Home Backs on to 12 MC Ravine

I remember travelling up north with my father when I was a teenager and how happy it made me to think there existed some small corners of the earth that had not been modified or engineered by humans.   To experience the silence of the forest and the silence of animals is a privilege we should preserve for future generations.  It is short sighted to allow 12 mile creek to become a private and noisy club for a very small number of mountain bikers.

Dr. David Crandles

Dr. David Crandles

Physics Professor, Cares About the Environment

With all of the established, existing trails across Niagara that could have been used for the Games, what possible explanation is there for constructing more mountain bike trails in an area that was untouched and where no trails existed previously.  Time for this kind of wanton destruction and disregard for our environment to stop.  Why has the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority turned a blind eye to this ?

Raf Fazio

Raf Fazio

Concerned Niagara Resident

The Friends of 12 Mile Creek have made it clear that building a race course in the ravine is not good for the environment, wildlife and neighbourhood.   I am opposed to this being forced upon us by the Niagara Games 2022 and the city of St. Catharines when other options are easily available.

SG

SG

Niagara Business Leader

The Twelve Valley essentially is a large block of forested habitat … OPG developed an arrangement with a cycling group where it was “permitted to make improvements to existing trails to improve safety for cyclists and recreational users.” From seeing a video made by area residents, it is clear that this agreement has been violated, and that new trail construction has been undertaken … which has resulted in the creation of unauthorized trails into blocks of protected wildlife habitat.

Dr. John Bacher (PhD)

Dr. John Bacher (PhD)

Educator and Environmental Activist
A racecourse doesn’t belong in a residential area, especially on the upper steep slopes of 12 mile creek.  Not only is the area prone to erosion and collapse, it is home to numerous wildlife.  The safety of wildlife, passive cyclists and hikers, along with the area residents will be compromised.
Diane

Diane

Local Niagara Resident
“I fully support the Friends of Twelve Mile Creek. The small areas of natural environment in our cities deserve our protection.”
Harry McMaster

Harry McMaster

Former CFL PLayer

It is such a shame that the quiet, narrow foot paths for walkers and bikers are now wide, muddy, racing tracks. No more birdwatching in this area!! 

GN

GN

Local Resident

I’m not in favour of this bike race course for many reasons. My current concern now that the course is largely complete is that the race course will continue to widen and take over more and more of the forest. As this happens the natural regrowth of saplings will not occur and we will lose more of this lovely wooded corridor.

Jessica Thomson

Jessica Thomson

Retired Teacher
I have hiked the route and seen the destruction and unnecessary exploitation of forests and fragile slopes above 12 Mile Creek where the race course is being constructed.  I have hiked Niagara’s wonderful trail systems for decades, and this is the first time I’ve ever seen this degree of destruction and disturbance of the lands.
Dr. Kevin Smith

Dr. Kevin Smith

Outdoor Enthusiast, Niagara

Since the course was already approved for a location near Brock university, it is incredible that the development is occurring in the sensitive greenbelt woods and ravine of 12 Mile Creek.

Friends of Malcolmson EcoPark

Claire Theijsmeijer, FOMEP member

I am 100% behind the work of Friends of 12 Mile Creek and opposed to the racecourse being built along 12 Mile Creek.

Steve Bauer

Steve Bauer

Olympic and Professional Cyclist

As a resident of Niagara, I want to protect our beautiful land and wildlife, as that is what I love most about living here. Building a brand new course on Twelve Mile Creek for the 2022 Canada Summer Games will be devastating for years to come and is something I can’t understand.

Amanda Hermiston

Amanda Hermiston

Niagara Resident

Until I actually walked 12 Mile Creek where the mountain bike racecourse is being built and saw what was happening for myself I could not fully appreciate how the landscape is being destroyed uneccessarily. Hard to believe this was the right way to go.

David Singleton

David Singleton

Life long cyclist, Montreal.

I’m not sure how this situation is going to end, but I suspect that a lot of damage has already been done, only because we could not see a bigger picture and despite well-meaning intentions.
I am obviously pro-mountain-bike, and pro-cycling, but I am also pro-conservation, especially when it comes to the environment.

Kurt Kwisdek

Kurt Kwisdek

Owner, Liberty! Bicycles
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