In February 1990, the Niagara Escarpment was designated as a United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Biosphere Reserve. Simply put, this means that the region is dedicated to maintaining a sustainable ecosystem within the escarpment and developing solutions to conserve biodiversity. This is one among many things that graduate student Quratulain Shazhad loves about the Niagara region.
Two years ago, Quratulain and her family moved to Niagara after her brother was accepted into Brock University. As soon as she arrived, she fell in love with the campus at Brock and is now completing her Masters in Sustainability Sciences there.
Part of the reason why the Niagara Escarpment is a World Biosphere Reserve is its unique climate and protected ecosystems. Not only is this important for Qurat’s studies, but it also allows her to enjoy stunning natural beauty all year round and gives her access to hiking trails, fresh produce and dozens of beaches during the summertime.
Back in Dubai, Qurat experienced two seasons: hot and hotter. Being in Niagara means being able to experience the four seasons. She distinctly recalls her first snowfall and feeling like she was living in a movie.
Niagara is yours to explore. Why not start today?