Home to Lake Ontario, Cootes Paradise, Christie Lake, Valens Lake, Kelso Lake, Crawford Lake, Pinehurst Lake and the Grand River, Hamilton Halton Brant offers water lovers and anglers a diverse range of options for shoreline exploration and outdoor water sports.
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Confederation Park is a 93-hectare package of fun and adventure located on the shores of Lake Ontario in Hamilton. Do the Works with your family and friends at any of our outdoor attractions - from go-karts, batting cages, mini golf, and Wild Waterworks, to restaurants like Hutch's and Baranga's on the Beach. There's also the Lakeland Centre, featuring a swimming pool, splash pad, volleyball & basketball courts, a concession and banquet hall.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Hamilton Conservation AuthorityYour 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.
Grand River RaftingBring your tenting gear and camp along the shore of the Grand River. The campsites have road access, picnic tables, fire pit and portable washrooms. There are no showers... swim in the river! You can also paddle to your campsites or rent a canoe/kayak for your site.
Grand River RaftingRafting on the Grand River for all ages. Rent a raft with a guide... or take a map and go on your own. Along the way are fresh water springs, swimming and picnic areas. All equipment and shuttle rides included in price... just bring yourselves and lunch. No time limit.
Heritage River Canoe & Kayak CompanyWe offer kayak trips on the Grand River for beginners and the experienced. You can go on your own with a map or hire a guide. One hour lessons are available for first timers. Trips are about 3-4 hours long. We supply everything... Just bring yourselves and your lunch.
Heritage River Canoe and Kayak CompanyExperience a canoe trip on the Grand River for beginners and the experienced. You can go on your own with a map or hire a guide. One hour lessons are available for first timers. Trips are about 3-4 hours long. We supply everything... Just bring yourselves and your lunch.
Grand River Rafting CompanyTravel in a non-tip yak boat for two on the Grand River. Great for couples or parents with children. Trips are about 3-4 hours long with picnic areas along the way plus, swimming spots and cold water springs. We supply everything... Just bring yourselves and your lunch.
Heritage River Canoe & Kayak CompanyWant to try something different? Paddle down the river on a SUP or take a lesson before you start. Out stand up paddleboards (SUP) are extra wide for better stability. This route is 5 km or 13 km. Trips are 2-4 hours long.
Grand River RaftingA great way to float down the river with family and friends. Park your car and shuttle upstream. Then turbo-tube down the Grand River back to your vehicle.
Grand ExperiencesAn unique 2 days and 1 night fully outfitted guided canoe camping trip, experiencing the Grand River’s scenic history and nature that reveal why the Grand is a Canadian Heritage River. Canoeing $149 per person plus HST. Kayaking $169 per person plus HST. Plus camping $38 site fee & $13 reservations fee.
Grand ExperiencesDevelop your whitewater skills on Southern Ontario’s Nith River, safely in the hands of our experienced instructors. This truly exhilarating experience is available for a limited time in April and early May, while water conditions allow. This 5-hour instructional trip will help take your paddling to the next level with the guidance of our experienced and competent instructors. The Nith is an ideal river to learn on, and we have devised a route that sees you through progressively more challenging waters, culminating in a series of mild rapids that will test your skills. This trip is best in early Spring until May 14, and will also be available in later October.
Grand ExperiencesEnjoy this 2 day/1 night adventure in historic Paris, Ontario, one of Canada’s prettiest towns. Paddle, hike and/or bike along the Grand River, a Canadian Heritage River and its trails with rare Carolinian forest, led by experienced Paddle Canada certified guides. Then relax in the evening at the historic Arlington Hotel, in Grand Style.
Grand ExperiencesDiscover the mysterious Nith River, running wild across the heart of south central Ontario on this unbelievable 2 day wilderness style paddling route that almost magically appears in early Spring and late Fall, just 1 hour west of Toronto, 1.5 hours from Niagara and 2.5 hours from Windsor/Detroit. The Nith River provides a unique experience available only while seasonal rain brings the river to life. This rare 2 day guided trip offers a classic wilderness-style paddling adventure along a 50 km stretch of forested route, ranging from serene, gentle stretches to exciting whitewater. Stunning scenery and the opportunities for wildlife sightings never stop.