RBG Trails

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The Royal Botanical Gardens is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature. RBG's nature sanctuaries feature more than 27 km of nature trails. There are four main trailheads, as well as two canoe launch sites. A family favourite is Hendrie Valley Sanctuary that can be accessed from the Cherry Hill gate. See our review of hiking at Hendrie Park here While at the RBG also visit the Rock Garden, Laking Garden and the Arboretum.

LaFarge 2000 Trail

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One of the HCA's two Millennium projects, this 22-kilometre trail in Flamborough will link the Dundas Valley, Christie Lake, the provincially significant Beverly Swamp and Valens Conservation Area. It will ultimately link to Cootes Paradise, Hamilton Harbour and the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trails via the Hamilton-to-Brantford Rail Trail. The trail is being developed in partnership with the New City of Hamilton the HCA and the Canada Millennium Partnership Program. 

Access: Middletown Rd, Flamborough

 

 

Dofasco 2000 Trail

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The second Millennium project of the HCA, this 11.5-kilometre trail will links the 1812 Battlefield House Museum, Devil's Punch Bowl Conservation Area, Vinemount South Swamp and Bruce Trail. It will eventually continue on road to link with the Waterfront Trail at the Fifty Point Conservation Area and Marina on Lake Ontario. The trail features a boardwalk section traveling through the Vinemount South Swamp, giving users a unique view of this spectacular natural feature. The trail was developed in partnership with Dofasco Inc., the former City of Stoney Creek, the HCA and the Canada Millennium Partnership Program.

Access: Ridge Rd, Stoney Creek 

 

 

Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail

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The HCA and Grand River Conservation Authority jointly own and operate this 32-kilometre multi-use trail which runs from Ewen Road in west Hamilton through the Dundas Valley Conservation Area to Brantford. It is Canada's first fully developed, multi-use interurban trail system. It's also a part of the Trans Canada Trail network. Links to Paris and Cambridge extend the trail to 80 kilometres

Access: Greenwich St, Brantford, Jerseyville Rd, Ancaster and Dunads Valley Trail Centre, Dundas 

 

 

Hamilton to Caledonia Chippawa Trail

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When completed, this 15-kilometre abandoned rail corridor linking Hamilton with Caledonia will become part of the Niagara branch of the Trans Canada

Trail. It will also be connected to the Caledonia-to-Dunnville rail trail.

Approximately 12 kilometres have been completed and work is proceeding as funding permits. An easement agreement has been signed with Georgia Pacific that will allow the Chippawa Trail to proceed on the outskirts of their land. The Conservation Foundation is spearheading efforts to fund the rail corridor conversion. Individuals and groups may assist in the project by "purchasing" one-metre sections of trail for $30.

Access: McClung Rd/Seneca Park, Caledonia 

 

 

Dundas Valley Trails

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The Dundas Valley Conservation Area is one of the most spectacular and diverse spots along the Niagara Escarpment.

A 40-km multi-use trail network extends through this 1,200-hectare natural area that comes complete with Carolinian forests, fields, cold-water streams, stunning geological structures, and an array of rare plants, birds and wildlife.

The Dundas Valley's 40-kilometre trail system is open to hikers, dog-walkers, cyclists and equestrians. Enjoyment and safety among such a diverse group begins with every individual. Visitors are encouraged to visit the Trail Centre for important tips on trail etiquette. Being cautious and courteous helps ensure a great trail experience for everyone.

The Dundas Valley is part of the Niagara Escarpment which has been designated a World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Access: Dundas Valley Conservation Area, 650 Governors Rd, Dundas, 905-627-1233 

 

 

Christie Lake

& Valens Lake Conservation Area Trails

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Each of these conservation areas have 10-kilometre trail systems.  Trails at Valens Lake are self-set for cross-country skiing in the winter.

Access: Christie Lake Conservation Area, 1000 Hwy 5 W, Dundas, 905-628-3060 

Access: Valens Lake Conservation Area 1691 Waterloo Regional Rd 97, Cambridge, 905-525-2183 

 

 

 

The Bruce Trail

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This continuous footpath follows the Niagara Escarpment through Southern Ontario, from Queenston Heights to Tobermory. The portion through Hamilton-Wentworth is known as the Iroquoia section. It travels largely across parks, private land and HCA conservation areas including Devil's Punch (Stoney Creek) and Spencer Gorge Wilderness Area (Dundas). This trail is a total of 885km long!

Access: There are hundreds of access points to the Bruce Trail along the Niagara Escarpment. 

 

 

The Red Hill Valley Trail

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This seven-kilometre trail connects to both the Waterfront Trail in Confederation Park and the Bruce Trail. It passes through lovely escarpment lands and beautiful natural areas.

Access: Brampton St off the QEW and Pritchard Rd & Upper Mt. Albion

 

 

The Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail

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The Waterfront Trail stretches 325 kilometres along the shore of Lake Ontario. The trail links as many as 177 natural areas, 143 parks and promenades, 80 marinas and yacht clubs, hundreds of historic places, fairs, museums, art galleries and festivals. The goal is to link Niagara-on-the-Lake and Ganonoque, connecting at each with the Seaway Trail in New York State. The trail traverses Hamilton on road and pathway. The paved 3.5-kilometre paved promenade at Confederation Park is part of the trail. The City of Hamilton and its partners are working hard on their proposal to link Hamilton Harbour and Cootes Paradise to the trail.

Access: Dundurn Park York Blvd, Bayfront Park Bay St, Pier 4 Park Leander Dr, Pier 8 Discover Centre, HMCS Haida Catherine St, van Wagner's Beach Rd, Beach Blvd 

 

 

Trans Canada Trail

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Across greater Hamilton, 70 kilometres of pathways and converted rail corridors have been registered as part of the Trans Canada Trail. These include the Hamilton-to-Brantford Rail Trail, the Chippawa Trail, Escarpment Rail Trail and a proposed route through the city. When completed, the TCT will touch all three oceans bordering Canada and become the longest shared-use trail in the world at 16,000 kilometres.

Access: There are 3 main access points in Hamilton, East, North and West. As well as access from the Burlington and Oakville Waterfront. 

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