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Hiking

What's the difference between a walk and a hike? We like to think it has something to do with the purpose of your journey. Hiking in Hamilton Halton Brant means discovering sights and sounds along the way that make you stop and realize how lucky we are to live so close to some of Canada's most magnificent landscapes. The gentle glide of a Great Blue Heron above the Grand River, the breeze through the Six Nation's Tall Grass Prairie, an ancient fossil in the limestone of the Niagara Escarpment, a Bruce Trail waterfall frozen in time, these delightful distractions make it easy to forget about the desination and just enjoy the journey.

When exploring our region’s trails, waterfalls and conservation areas, please follow posted safety rules, stay on marked trails and do not climb or bypass fencing. Stay at least a body length away from escarpment and gorge edges and always be alert for potential hazards such as falling rocks and slippery rock surfaces.

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Grand River Rafting

Grand River Rafting

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Phone: 519-442-2519
City: Brantford

You name it... we do it! Unique adventures in paddling, hiking, camping, fishing and viewing wildlife give you the best experience of the Grand River Valley. From paddling lessons to family rafting, tasting edible plants to enjoying a team pirate quest and Aboriginal learning experiences, everything is customized to take you the extra mile!

Grand Experiences

Grand Experiences

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Phone: 519-442-3654
Toll Free: 1-888-258-0441
City: Paris

With award winning Outdoor Experiences across the Heart of Ontario provided since 1997, we offer Canadian Heritage River adventures with Paddle Canada certified experts by canoe, kayak, raft, SUP and authentic Voyageur Canoes. We also offer hiking and biking the region's trails, including Waterfall Walking Tours in a World Biosphere. We are nature unexpected at its best.

Hamilton Conservation Authority

Hamilton Conservation Authority

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Phone: 905-525-2181 or 905-648-4427
City: Hamilton

Life is better outdoors. Whether you’re interested in camping, hiking, swimming, cross country skiing or just getting a little closer to nature, Hamilton Conservation Authority has it all. Hamilton Conservation Authority owns and manages about 4400 hectares (10,900 acres) of environmentally significant land. Its recreational lands range from long distance trails and conservation areas that include the Dundas Valley, Eramosa Karst, Spencer Gorge/Webster’s Falls, Christie Lake, Valens Lake, Confederation Park, Fifty Point Conservation Area and Marina.

Dundas Valley Conservation Area

Dundas Valley Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-627-1233
City: Dundas

The Dundas Valley's 40-kilometre trail system is open to hikers, dog-walkers, cyclists and equestrians. It's the starting point for numerous guided hikes and nature-oriented workshops. The trail system is organized around a main loop with five linear trails providing visitors with access to almost every part of the valley. The conservation area is bisected by one of the region's most important walking, cycling and equestrian routes - the West Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail, which stretches 32 kilometres (20 miles).

Eramosa Karst Conservation Area

Eramosa Karst Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-525-2181
City: Stoney Creek

The Eramosa Karst is the Hamilton Conservation Authority's newest conservation area. Filled with underground caves and streams, meadows and forests, this is one of the watershed's unique natural gems. A perfect location for hiking, nature appreciation and education, Eramosa Karst is a one-of-a-kind property in Hamilton's natural inventory.

Fifty Point Conservation Area

Fifty Point Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-525-2187
City: Winona

Fifty Point Conservation Area is a magnificent 80-hectare park with superb marina facilities. It's the place to be for a swim in Lake Ontario, family camping or a picnic for groups of any size. Visitors can also enjoy a fabulous lakefront view by walking our promenade or while relaxing at conveniently located benches and shaded areas.

Spencer Gorge/ Webster's Falls Conservation Area

Spencer Gorge/ Webster's Falls Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-628-3060
City: Greensville

From the escarpment brow, noted for its panoramas, to the forested depths of the gorge below, the Spencer Gorge/Webster's Falls Conservation Area exhibits the physical features which have made the Niagara Escarpment one of Ontario's most spectacular geological formations. This significant natural area contains two beautiful waterfalls: Webster's and Tews Falls, and a nature trail allows access to the Dundas Peak, which provides stunning views of Dundas and Hamilton.

Christie Lake Conservation Area

Christie Lake Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-628-3060
City: Dundas

Christie Lake Conservation Area is one of the most beautiful lake settings on the Niagara Escarpment. While visiting, explore the trails that wind for 10 kilometres through peaceful meadows and towering pine forests - you'll be sure to see a wide range of wildlife that make their home in this 336-hectare conservation area.

Valens Lake Conservation Area

Valens Lake Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-525-2183
City: Flamborough

Valens Lake Conservation Area is a 300-hectare paradise for lovers of the outdoors. Valens Lake takes nature appreciation to new heights with its 10 kilometres of trails and 300-metre wetland boardwalk, sandy beaches, picnicking, and some of the best fishing around.

Grand River Conservation Authority

Grand River Conservation Authority

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Phone: 519-621-2761
Toll Free: 1-866-900-4722
City: Cambridge

The Grand River Conservation Authority operates the oldest and one of the largest networks or conservation areas in the province. There are 11 parks, often called "active conservation areas," offering a wide range of activities, including camping, hiking, paddling, swimming, fishing, picnicking, and winter activities such as skiing and snowshoeing.

Brant Conservation Area

Brant Conservation Area

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Phone: 519-752-2040
City: Brantford

Nestled in a bend of the Grand River amid the historic communities of Brantford and Brant County, and just a few minutes away from the First Nations territories of the Six Nations and Mississaugas of the New Credit, it makes a great home base for campers who want to explore this historic part of Ontario. It is also popular for anglers, hikers, bikers and canoeists.

Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area

Pinehurst Lake Conservation Area

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Phone: 1-877-558-GRCA (4722)
City: Ayr

Pinehurst Lake is a nine-hectare kettle lake formed by a single piece of ice. The lake has a sandy beach and is surrounded by mature Carolinian forest. During the summer months (May-October) Pinehurst Lake is transformed into a summer playground offering camping, swimming, fishing, boating, picnicking and hiking opportunities. In the winter, Pinehurst is transformed into one of the premier snowshoe and ice-fishing facilities in the region.

Crawford Lake Conservation Area

Crawford Lake Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-854-0234
City: Milton

Come visit the 232-hectare park established in 1969 in Milton. Along the Niagara Escarpment, this regionally and environmentally sensitive area offers 19km of hiking and trails connecting to the Bruce Trail. It is a rare meromictic lake and one of the most accurately dated pre-contact archaeological sites in Canada.

Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area

Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-854-0262
City: Milton

Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area has some of the most inspiring scenic viewing found anywhere. Five breathtaking lookouts dot the edge of towering cliffs of Ontario's striking Niagara Escarpment. Visitor’s can enjoy hiking trails, picnicking areas and overnight stays at one of the group campsites. Rattlesnake Point has three designated sites where experienced rock climbers can scale challenging cliffs under a canopy of rich woods and hiking enthusiasts can trek the Bruce Trail through the Nassagaweya Canyon complete with trail connections to Crawford Lake.

Hilton Falls Conservation Area

Hilton Falls Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-854-0262
City: Milton

Exploring the enchanted forests of Hilton Falls is a natural treat with great hiking, biking and cross-country ski trails. The blazing colours of fall are only surpassed by the beauty of fleeting spring wildflowers or the richness of the green summer landscape. The viewing station at the falls lets you drink in the intrinsic beauty of a 10-metre waterfall that cascades over the Niagara Escarpment and the mysterious mill ruins that surround it.

Kelso Conservation Area

Kelso Conservation Area

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Phone:  905-878-5011
City: Milton

Kelso Conservation Area is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Indulge in a swim at a sandy beach, fish for trout in the glistening lake or get energized with some great downhill skiing at Glen Eden. Mountain bikers can test their skills on marked trails on the majestic Niagara Escarpment or hikers can trek the rugged Bruce Trail. You can also rent kayaks, paddle boats and canoes. Hundreds of picnic tables dot the rolling landscape and shelters are available for company and family picnics.

Mountsberg Conservation Area

Mountsberg Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-854-2276
City: Campbellville

Nature surrounds you at this scenic conservation area that has great hiking and cross-country ski trails outfitted with boardwalks, birdfeeders and interpretive lookouts. You can even take in that first taste of spring on a horse drawn wagon ride in the Mountsberg Sugar Bush where maple syrup, pancakes and sweet sugar candy create delightful family memories. The call of the wild awaits you at this exciting conservation area!

Mount Nemo Conservation Area

Mount Nemo Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-854-0262
City: Burlington

If Mount Nemo sounds inviting and worth discovering, its because this conservation area has one of the best cliff ecosystems on the Niagara Escarpment. Rich green ferns blanket limestone boulders scattered among old growth forests that are alive with jewels like birds. Crevice caves and ancient cedars, a thousand years old, can be seen all along the meandering cliff edge trail.

Robert Edmondson Conservation Area

Robert Edmondson Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-854-2276
City: Milton

Robert Edmondson Conservation Area is considered one of Halton’s most exquisite hidden gems. This secluded area is great for finding peace and tranquility.Visitor's can enjoy over 2 kilometres of luscious trails through wetlands blanketed with yellow March Marigolds or protected woods bursting with 27 distinct plant communities.

Cascades & Waterfalls of Hamilton

Cascades & Waterfalls of Hamilton

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Phone: 905-525-2181
City: Hamilton

Hamilton Conservation Authority, located at the western end of Lake Ontario, is the area's largest environment management agency, and is dedicated to the conservation and enjoyment of watershed lands and water resources.

Hamilton Waterfalls

Hamilton Waterfalls

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Phone: (905) 546-2666
Toll Free: 1-800-263-8590
City: Hamilton

The City of Waterfalls! Hamilton boasts over 100 waterfalls identified by Hamilton Conservation Authority, found along the Bruce Trail and the Niagara Escarpment. Experience 10 Waterfall hikes with Tourism Hamilton's new Interactive Waterfall Hikes guide.

Spencer Adventure

Spencer Adventure

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Phone: 905-336-1158
City: Hamilton

The Spencer Adventure is an amazing tour of the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere through one of Canada's most significant Historical areas. Follow the trail from the Dundas Peak along the magnificent Spencer Gorge, cut out by glacial meltwaters more than 10,000 years ago. The Spencer Adventure is a day full of rich experiences, so get out and start your adventure today!


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