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With spectacular trails, dynamic educational programming and special seasonal events, Hamilton Halton Brant’s conservation areas make it easy for new explorers and avid adventurers alike to access the region’s stunning natural landscapes.

Make Hamilton Halton Brant’s conservation areas a part of your family routine with their annual membership promotions and enjoy special savings on year-round access to hundreds of kilometres of trails for hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing as well other great perks!

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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.

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.

Halton Conservation Authority

Halton Conservation Authority

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Phone: 905-336-1158
City: Halton Region

Halton Conservation Authority is the community based environmental agency that protects, restores and manages the natural resources in its watershed. We are recognized for our stewardship of creeks, forests and Niagara Escarpment lands through science based services and sustainable recreation programs. Conservation Halton owns and operates six conservation areas, including Crawford Lake, Mountsberg, Rattlesnake Point, Hilton Falls, Kelso and Mount Nemo. We also operate the Glen Eden Ski and Snowboard Centre.

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.

Glen Eden Conservation Area

Glen Eden Conservation Area

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Phone: 905-878-5011
City: Milton

Glen Eden is buzzing with activity in fall and winter. Glen Eden offers a rental shop, skiing, a fully-equipped terrain park for snowboarders, snow tubing and lessons for all ages and skill-levels. The park has an area of 3.97 square kilometres and contains Lake Kelso, which was built for flood control of Sixteen Mile Creek.


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Binbrook Conservation Area, Hamilton (Binbrook)

OFFERS

Nature Next Door: Grand River Parks Membership

Nature Next Door: Grand River Parks Membership

Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA)

The perfect gift for outdoor enthusiasts! The Grand River Parks Membership allows unlimited entry to all Grand River Parks for a car load of occupants. It comes with vouchers for exclusive rewards and freebies valued at over $90. The GRCA operates 11 parks, offering a wide range of seasonal activities including camping, hiking, boating, swimming, fishing, as well as snowshoeing and cross-country skiing.
(519) 621-2761 or Toll-free: 1-866-900-4722
Recipients will receive a voucher in the mail. Bring this voucher to any park gatehouse, during the operating season, where your membership card will be issued. The Grand River Parks membership card is valid for one year from the date of activation.

Introduction to Rock Climbing

Introduction to Rock Climbing

One Axe Pursuits

Real rocks. Climbing indoors was intended as a training ground for the real rocks outside. Get outside and breathe the fresh air while the sun warms your cheeks. Climb up to 80 feet and enjoy the texture of the limestone on your fingertips. It is such a primal feeling, being outdoors scaling the rock with turkey vultures soaring the sky high above you. At the top, take a deep breath and enjoy the view. You did it. This program is perfect for the complete beginner and indoor gym climbers.
Max group size is 30 (1:6 instruction to participant ratio). Minimum of 4 participants. Introduction to Rock Climbing can be experienced from April to October.
Offer Code: OAP17RO
Expiry: Nov 01, 2017

Explore Hamilton Conservation Authority with a Membership Pass

Explore Hamilton Conservation Authority with a Membership Pass

Hamilton Conservation Authority

Your key to the Great Outdoors... As a member, you and your family can enjoy year-round access to HCA conservation areas for 12 months from the date of purchase, for one great price! The pass will allow you and your vehicle passengers (up to 6 people total) into HCA conservation areas, including: Christie Lake, Crooks Hollow, Devil's Punchbowl, Dundas Valley, Eramosa Karst, Fifty Point, Spencer Gorge / Webster Falls*, Tiffany Falls, and Valens Lake. HCA members also receive free entry into Westfield Heritage Village's public programming, for up to 6 people, including a maximum of 2 adults. Additional exclusive rewards and discounts valued at more than $90 are also included. *Weekends and holidays from May 1 to October 31, membership pass is not valid at Spencer Gorge / Webster Falls. Two walk-ins will be permitted with your pass during this time period. Regular membership $110; Renewal membership $100; Regular two-year membership $200; Senior membership $90; Senior two-year membership $180. All listed prices plus HST.
*Weekends and holidays from May 1 to October 31, membership pass is not valid at Spencer Gorge / Webster Falls. Two walk-ins will be permitted with your pass during this time period.
Offer Code: 1HCA2017
Expiry: Dec 31, 2017