The Hamilton Conservation Authority invites you to explore some of the great activities you can do with your family this summer. Just click on an activity below that interests you most to learn more about it…
Enjoy the numerous opportunities for fun on the water at Christie Lake or Valens Lake Conservation Areas. Rent a canoe, kayak or rowboat or bring your own. Canoe rentals can be reserved in advance by calling the office at 905-628-3060. Click here to read more about Christie Lake.
Take the family camping at one of two beautiful destinations in the greater Hamilton area: Valens Lake or Fifty Point Conservation Area. Enjoy natural surroundings and modern facilities. Note: 2 night minimum stay on long weekends at both parks.
Located near Cambridge in the headwaters of Spencer Creek, Valens Lake is a 300-hectare paradise for outdoor lovers. Enjoy a pine and spruce forest with 220 individual camping sites and 10 group sites, conveniently located near modern washrooms and showers. Valens is a family campground and therefore has a complete alcohol ban year-round. For information or to make reservations, call 905-525-2183 or 519-621-6029 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to read more.
Fifty Point Conservation Area
Choose from 46 fully serviced sites at Fifty Point's campground. The modern comfort station includes showers, washrooms and laundry facilities. Docking/camping packages also are available. Fifty Point is located at the Fifty Road/QEW interchange between Stoney Creek and Grimsby. To reserve a campsite, or for more information call 905-525-2187 or 905-643-2103, or e-mail email@example.com. Click here to read more.
Explore the many great trails in the City of Hamilton! These pathways provide important links to natural areas, valley lands, the Niagara Escarpment, Lake Ontario, and neighboring municipalities. They also offer some of the best opportunities for recreation and nature appreciation - key components in the campaign to secure a healthy, sustainable community for future generations.
Confederation Park Promenade
Discover a glorious 3.5-kilometre lakefront promenade, a great destination for those seeking light exercise. Perfect for in-line skates, bicycles and leisurely strolls. The promenade is bordered by Lake Ontario to the north, and beautiful green spaces and wetlands to the south.
The Lafarge 2000 Trail
This 22-kilometre trail in Flamborough links 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.
Dofasco 2000 (Powerline Road) Trail
This 9.5-kilometre trail links the Devil's Punch Bowl Conservation Area, Vinemount Wetlands 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.
Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail
This 32-kilometre multi-use trail 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.
Chippawa Trail - Hamilton to Caledonia
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.
Dundas Valley Trails
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.
Valens Lake & Christie Lake Conservation Area Trails
Each of these conservation areas have 10-kilometre trail systems. Christie Lake also has 5km of single track Mountain Bike Trails. In winter, under suitable conditions, trails are great for cross-country skiing.
Westfield Heritage Village Trails
Westfield offers two beautiful trails, excellent for easy walks every day of the year. The one-kilometre Heritage Trail is a slow meander through time. When you stroll the Heritage you'll see the oldest log church in Ontario, a one-room schoolhouse and the Jerseyville railway station, built in 1896. The Woods Trail meanders through a natural filled with coniferous and deciduous forests, marshland and thick lilac patches. Scattered throughout are farm ruins dating back to the mid-1800s.
This continuous footpath follows the Niagara Escarpment through Southern Ontario, from Queenston Heights to Tobermory. The portion through the City of Hamilton 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). For more information, visit the Bruce Trail Iroquoia web site: www.iroquoia.on.ca.
The Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail
Stretching 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.
Trans Canada Trail
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.
There are great fishing opportunities in the reservoir at Christie Lake Conservation Area, Valens Lake Conservation Area, and Fifty Point Conservation Area. You can fish from a boat, shoreline and docks located around the reservoir. Some native species that you will find in the reservoir include; Northern pike, Largemouth bass and variety of panfish. Fifty Point Conservation Area also has the opportunity to fish for salmon in Lake Ontario or catch rainbow trout and bass in the conservation area's stocked pond. Salmon charters are available at the marina. A fishing license is not required at the pond. Fishing is free with park admission.
Clean and safe swimming options are easy to find at four HCA conservation areas. Look to Christie Lake and Valens for that perfect day at the beach. Enjoy their sandy beaches and lakes, or cool off at Wild Waterworks, home of Canada's largest outdoor wave action pool. Please note that our natural swimming areas are not supervised and do not have lifeguards on duty.
Valens Lake Conservation Area
Any summer day, spread out a towel on the warm, sandy beach at Valens. Please note that Valens is a natural swimming area. Recreational swimming is free with park admission. Click here for more information.
Christie Lake Conservation Area
Christie Lake also offers clean, safe swimming and a 360-metre sandy beach at this beautiful conservation area located just above the Niagara Escarpment. Recreational swimming is free with park admission. Christie Lake is located only minutes away from Hamilton, Burlington and Dundas, on Highway 5 west of Highway 6, east of Highway 8. Click here for more information.
Fifty Point Conservation Area
Enjoy one of the warmest and cleanest beaches on western Lake Ontario. Change rooms are conveniently located at the nearby beach house. It's the place to be for a swim in Lake Ontario!
Confederation Beach Park
The Lakeland Centre features a swimming pool, splash pad, volleyball & basketball courts, a concession and more! Come for a swim at Confederation Beach Park!
Located in Confederation Beach Park, just off Centennial Parkway in Hamilton, Wild Waterworks offers a perfect place to spend a summer day. Toddlers will love Little Squirt Works, a fun wading pool with sprays, mists and fountains. Relax and float around The Eazy River. Cabanas and party rooms available. Ride tube slides like Night Rider, Vertigo and Sidewinder! Surf the waves in one of Canada's largest outdoor wave pools. Over a million gallons of heated water splash down every minute. Enjoy the exciting twists of the Corkscrew and the Kamikaze - the park's six-storey body slides.
Wild Waterworks has one of Canada’s largest outdoor wave pools. Get your heart pounding with our jaw-dropping waterslides or if you prefer a more relaxing ride, grab a tube and float around The Eazy River. Your little ones will love Little Squirt Works our fun wading pool with slides, mists and fountains.
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 culture
Visitors 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.
Confederation Beach Park is 93-hectares of fun and adventure located on the shores of Lake Ontario in Hamilton. Here you’ll find some of the area’s best food and fun throughout the year. 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.
Picnicking: Looking for a great spot for a family or large group picnic? There are four group pavilions and one group picnic area located in Confederation Park for your group to rent and we can accomodate groups of any size. Just call ahead and our staff will be happy to help you plan the perfect day for your group. There’s plenty of park space for sports, games and other activities.
Get your key to the great outdoors! You and your family can enjoy year-round access to HCA conservation areas for 12 months from date of purchase at a great price! Your pass allows access to Valens, Christie Lake, Dundas Valley, Fifty Point, Confederation Beach Park, Westfield Heritage Village and more! Members will also receive a voucher booklet containing one 2-for-1 entry to Wild Waterworks, one general admission ticket to the Christie Antique & Vintage Show, and three one-day complimentary passes to share with friends and family (valid for entry to Dundas Valley, Valens Lake, Fifty Point and Christie Lake). Plus members receive 10% off nightly camping and 15% off boat and pavilion rentals!