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 ExperiencesEnjoy a self-guided day trip by canoe or kayak adventure on the Grand River. Perfect for Families, Friends, and Couples, take a leisurely paddle with no portages on a relaxing section of the Grand running from Paris to Brant Conservation Area. Our most popular trip for good reason. Now 20% off with a Christmas Gift Certificate, but only until 5 pm on December 24.
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. Save 20% on a Christmas Gift Certificate for our 20th Anniversary, but only until December 24, 2017 at 5 pm.
Grand ExperiencesThe Grand Experience is a guided Grand River trip paddling a Canadian Heritage River in the heart of Ontario. The Grand, southern Ontario's largest river, flows through rare Carolinian forests. A leisurely paddle through scenic woodland with calm water and occasional swifts adding fun and excitement. Save 20% on Christmas Gift Certificates, but only until 5 pm on December 24.
Grand ExperiencesTreat miles of scenic river as your own awesome back yard on a float down the Grand River with friends and/or family in comfortable 8 or 12 person rafts. Best outdoor gathering ever. A soft adventure with scenic large forest along a beautiful Canadian Heritage River. Located in the heart of southern Ontario, it is virtually in your back yard, just an hour west of Toronto. Save 20% off with a Christmas Gift Certificate, but only until December 24 at 5 pm.
Grand ExperiencesThis stunning near wilderness paddling route takes you along an almost unknown stretch of water in southern Ontario, the Upper Nith River. Spring high waters make this trip an unforgettable experience. Save 20% with the 20th Anniversary Christmas Special, but only until December 24th at 5 pm.
Grand Experiences20th Anniversary Christmas Gift Certificate Sale of 20% Off Grand Experiences Gift Certificates can be purchased on-line for amounts of $50, $100, and $200 -- less 20% sale discount. 20% Discount applies as follows: $200 Gift Certificate charge is $141.59 plus 13% HST = $160. $100 Gift Certificate charge is $70.80 plus 13% HST = $80. $50 Gift Certificate charge is $35.40 plus 13% HST = $40. Other amounts and trips can also be purchased by calling us at 1-888-258-0441. Gift Certificates are good for all trips, lessons and merchandise and never expire. The Christmas Gift Certificate offer applies until December 24, 2017 at 5 pm.
Conservation HaltonCan't decide what to get your special someone? Treat them to a gift card to Conservation Halton or Glen Eden, and let them decide! Gift Cards are available for purchase in denominations of $50 and $100.
Grand River RaftingExcellent Gift... Turbo Tubing the Grand... Something Everyone Can Do! Purchase your gift certificate online... simply choose a gift card or trip from the "select" box... choose how many... then choose "Buy Now" and send. Our system will automatically process the request and instantly send email your gift certificate... and you are good to go! If you have any questions or wish something customized... just call us at 519-442-2519. We also offer canoe, kayak, yaks, rafting and stand up paddleboarding gift certificates. We also have riverside campsites and fishing programs.
Hamilton Conservation AuthorityBecoming a member just became a whole lot easier! Buy your pass now and save $10 off the regular pass price AND receive the remainder of 2017 for FREE! Discount applies to regular pass price only. Makes a great gift! HCA Membership Passes are the perfect gift for the outdoor lover in your life! Not only will they receive 12 months of the great outdoors, but you'll be contributing directly to the important conservation work throughout our watershed.