Hamilton Conservation Areas
The Hamilton Area contains many well maintained and conserved areas for the nature lover. Whether you are into hiking, biking, fishing, camping, swimming or boating our conservation areas have it all. Check out the links below for all the details on what our great city and surrounding areas have to offer.
The Nature's Rewards Pass is an annual membership to the Hamilton Conservation Authority that waives the entrance fees to all the parks for 12 months as well as other memberships perks like $6 off camping!
Christie Lake Conservation Area, one of the most beautiful lake settings on the Niagara Escarpment. While visiting, explore 10 kilometres of trails that wind through peaceful meadows and towering pine forests. You will see a wide range of wildlife that make their home in this 336-hectare conservation area. Trails are accessible by foot, snowshoes or cross-country skis, weather permitting. Both swimmers and sunbathers will enjoy Christie Lake's 360-metre sandy beach. In addtion to hiking and swimming you can also fish, picnic or disc golf on the property. Note that the ponds are no longer stocked with fish but the reservoir contains, pike, bass and panfish.
Confederation Park, an 93-hectare package of fun and adventure located along Hamilton's beach shores of Lake Ontario. Full of so many exciting attractions for the family including two great restaurants Hutch's and Baranga's on the Beach that have become a staple for Hamiltonians. Spend that day at Wild Waterworks outdoor waterpark or try the go karts, batting cages and mini golf as well as many others outdoor activities. Lakeland Centre on Beach Blvd features and outdoor a swimming pool, splash pad, volleyball & basketball courts, a concession and banquet hall. This are also features part of the Waterfront Trail that includes 3.5 paved kilometres of paved area to walk, bike and rollerblade by the beach.
Dundas Valley Conservation Area is one of southern Ontario's most spectacular natural treasures. The 1,200-hectare conservation area include lush Carolinian forests, colourful meadows, cold-water streams, stunning geological formations and an array of rare plants, birds and wildlife. This area contains a 40-kilometre trail system developed and maintained by the HCA. The hub of this trail system contains the trail centre which is a replica of a Victorian Train Station. These trails are used for many activities including horseback riding, it is not uncommon to see horses during a visit.The centre has a food concession, interpretive displays, brochures and maps detailing the Dundas Valley. It is also the starting point for numerous guided hikes and nature-oriented workshops. It also contains the Giant's Rib Discovery Centre where you can learn about the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve, examine fossils and make crafts.
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. Eramosa Karst is located in the south western section of Stoney Creek area of Hamilton. A perfect location for hiking, nature appreciation, and education, Eramosa Karst is a one-of-a-kind property in Hamilton's natural inventory.With more than four kilometres of trails, boardwalks and bridges take you through escarpment forests and meadows, unique geological formations and a beautiful natural amphitheatre. Interpretive panels throughout display facts about the area's natural inventory and history. Ideal for those new to hiking or young families as there are options for short trail loops that are fairly flat.
Fifty Point Conservation Area is a magnificent 80-hectare park with superb marina facilities in Stoney Creek. It's the place to be for a swim in Lake Ontario, family camping or a picnic for groups of any size. Fifty Point is particularly proud to have one of the warmest and cleanest beaches on western Lake Ontario. Change rooms are conveniently located at the nearby beach house. Fifty Point's has 70 fully serviced camping sites (sewer, hydro and water), perfectly situated near the south shore of Lake Ontario. Our location allows campers access to the beach and salmon fishing from shore. Anglers will love the variety of fishing opportunities at Fifty Point. Fish for salmon in Lake Ontario or catch rainbow trout and largemouth bass in the conservation area's stocked pond.
Valens Lake Conservation Area is a 300 Hectare outdoor facility that appeals to campers, anglers and nature lovers. It offers year round camp sites with and without electricity and water, a large fishing reservoir, a beach, picnic areas and 10 kilometres of hiking trails.
In addition to the trails there is a 300-metre wetland boardwalk that srrounds the lake. Visitors can also climb the observation tower, offering a stunning view of the surrounding forests and lake. You can also explore the lake by boat in a kayak, canoe or rowboat. All are available for rental for half or full days.
Westfield is a stunning collection of over 30 historical buildings which has made Westfield one of the most interesting historical destinations in Ontario. Carefully restored and staffed with costumed interpreters, the buildings capture the true charm and spirit of early Canadian cultureVisitors may witness living history demonstrations and take part in guided tours of the 130-hectare site which is bordered by beautiful woodlands, meadows and trails.The village hosts many events throughout the year including an ice cream carnival, Telling Tales reading festival, HauntedHalloween and Vintage Christmas. You can also hop aboard a train car at the recreated train station and blow the whistle, a huge hit with the kids.
Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority
With its unique resources, the Niagara Peninsula is one of the most complex watersheds in the Province. It includes lands drained by the Niagara River, Twenty Mile Creek, the Welland River, the Welland Canal, Lake Erie and Lake Ontario. It also includes a favourite in the area the Binbrook Conservation Area.
A day at Binbrook is like a day at the cottage, but close to home. For the family, the swimming beach, spray pad, play area and picnic facilities make for a full day of fun. Explore nature on the trails and from observation platforms and see if you can spot some of the local wildlife. Bring or rent a rowboat, paddle boat, canoe or kayak and experience Binbrook from the water. A paddle along the tranquil shores of one of the few inland lakes in the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s watershed is a rare pleasure. Binbrook Conservation Area is known throughout the area as the hot spot for fishing.