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Vineland Campus

Vineland Campus

VCC 2006

Slideshow of Vineland Grounds [78,530 kb]

The Vineland Campus, includes approximately 90 hectares of experimental tender fruit and other orchards, vineyards, rotation crop areas, ornamental plantings, greenhouses and a mushroom production unit.

The Vineland Campus is located in the Niagara Peninsula, that portion of Ontario which is between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie. The Niagara Peninsula with its unique location, climate and soils is Canada's most important area for the production of grapes, peaches, pears, plums and cherries. This area has a rich history in the settling of Canada as well as a large number of fruit growers in a highly developed fruit-growing industry.

One of the advantages of the Peninsula for fruit growing, particularly peaches, cherries and grapes, is climate. Lake Ontario has a tremendous moderating effect on spring, summer, fall and winter temperatures. Mid-winter temperatures rarely drop below -18 C in the fruit area

The fruit-growing area is located on the south shore of lake Ontario in a narrow strip varying in width from 1 1/2 to 10 km with Hamilton on the west and the Niagara River on the east, a distance of approximately 65 km. A prominent feature of the fruit-growing area, is the Niagara Escarpment. This out-cropping of rock which was pre-glacial in origin rises 180 to 195 metres above sea level. The flat plain below the escarpment, where much of the fruit is grown, is approximately 75 to 105 metres above sea level.

The campus, at 4890 Victoria Ave North, is located between Grimsby and St. Catharines, adjacent to the North Service Road of the Q.E.W. Exit the Q.E.W. at Victoria Avenue (Regional Road 24).


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