You’d be surprised to see how close the cities and towns of the Halton Region are to authentic nature spots like conservation areas, parks, forests and trails by beautiful bodies of water. These outdoor gems are perfect for a hike against the backdrop of some of Ontario’s best landscapes.
Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area
Hike Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area and watch turkey vultures soar over the escarpment and marvel at the ecological rarity of the thousand-year-old cedars. Go up to the Buffalo Crag look-out point and enjoy the great outdoors from high above.
Address: 7200 Appleby Line, Milton
Kelso Conservation Area
Kelso remains beautiful as the seasons change and shows off the escarpment year-round. The Escarpment and Lime Kiln trails pass by some historical remnants like the historic lime kilns as well as tons of eye-catching nature spots.
Address: 5234 Kelso Rd, Milton
Crawford Lake Conservation Area
The Crawford Lake Conservation Area’s name speaks for itself – its shores and rare meromictic lake are the big draw. Here, you can walk along the surrounding boardwalk and hike through the lush forests on top of the Niagara Escarpment.
Address: 3115 Conservation Rd, Milton
Halton Regional Forest: Britton Tract
The Britton Tract loop is located in the Halton Regional Forest and is a 4.5-kilometre loop near Milton that features a river. The environment here includes wetlands, meadows, and wooded areas.
Address: 10331 – 10601 Sixth Line Nassagaweya, Milton
Robert Edmondson Conservation Area
The Robert Edmondson Conservation Area is the smallest of the Halton Parks that is a quiet place away from busy crowds. Experience landscapes with marsh marigolds, forest, and reflection by the reservoir.
Address: 2259 Milburough Line, Campbellville
Mountsberg Conservation AreaMountsberg is a family-friendly outdoor space for fresh air and tons of activity. On your hike, you pass a birdwatchers’ dream and trails with boardwalks, interpretive lookouts, and a misty lake.
Address: 2259 Milburough Line, Campbellville
Terra Cotta Conservation Area leaves hikers spoiled for choice, with part of the mighty Bruce Trail traveling through the area and many others that give you a taste of the spectacular scenery and run past a variety of landscapes.
Terra Cotta Conservation Area
Address: 14452 Winston Churchill Blvd, Halton Hills
A hike around the Hilton Falls Conservation Area includes a tour of the Hilton Falls, reservoirs and rivers in the area, and the old Mill Ruins. The trails here provide a place to indulge in fresh air, and to recharge with a walk through the forest.
Hilton Falls Conservation Area
Address: 2985 Campbellville Rd, Burlington
Spread across Burlington and Hamilton, the Royal Botanical Gardens is an Ontario staple in the nature scene. This is Canada’s largest botanical garden, with an unbelievable 2400 acres of nature sanctuaries, 2300 plant species, and 181,000 individual plants.
Royal Botanical Gardens
Address: 680 Plains Rd W, Burlington
Mount Nemo is a favorite in the Halton Area, known as a peaceful sanctuary for nature hikes and 360-degree views of the escarpment. Full of biodiversity, plenty of unique animals are there to accompany you on your journey.
Mount Nemo Conservation Area
Address: 5317 Guelph Line, Burlington
Kerncliff Park was where the old Nelson Quarry was located. Now, it features gravel paths and a boardwalk as well as a variety of scenes like a mature woodlot, small creeks, and a quarry.
Kerncliff Park – Ian Reid Side Trail
Address: 2198 Kerns Rd, Burlington
Taplow Creek TrailThe Taplow Creek Trail is part of the Glen Abbey Community, with high-quality upland woodlots and active parks. This trail allows you to hike over bridges, on wooden paved staircases, and past Oakville’s picturesque parks.
Address: 1903 Pilgrims Way, Oakville
Lions Valley Park is home to the Sixteen Mile Creek Loop – a 6.1-kilometre loop trail with a regal creek valley in the midst of the urban area of Oakville.
Lions Valley Park
Address: 2417 Fourth Line, Oakville
Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, Gairloch Gardens was founded by James Gairdner in 1971 to be an art gallery and public park. The garden features beautiful landscaping and gorgeous gardens.
Address: 1306 Lakeshore Road, Oakville
Explore Bronte Creek Ravine or choose from one of the five hiking trails in the park. If you are an avid bird watcher, hike the Maiden’s Blush Trail that will take you through open fields – you might see birds of prey and various species of owls.
Bronte Creek Provincial Park
Address: 1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville
The Bruce Trail is the main trail that runs through the Limehouse Conservation Area, leading hikers past rock fissures and the famous “Hole-in-the-Wall” which you can access on ladders. There is much history that pervades this section of the trail, with the old railway and old mill remains found here.
Limehouse Conservation Area
Address: 12169 5th Line, Limehouse