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Dundas Valley Conservation Area, Hamilton

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Dundas Valley Conservation Area is located on the Niagara Escarpment in Dundas, Ontario, a constituent community of Hamilton, Ontario, and is owned and operated by the Hamilton Conservation Authority. Its 40-kilometre trail system provides a connection to the Bruce Trail. The area contains a trailhead of the Hamilton-Brantford-Cambridge Trails, Canada's first fully developed interurban multi-use trail system, which is a part of the Trans Canada Trail.LandformThe origins of the Dundas Valley, the main feature of the area, date back to the pre-glacial times, when the Niagara Escarpment was deeply incised by erosion. The Wisconsin Glaciation furthered the erosion processes and resulted in deposition of glacial and glaciolacustrine sediments, forming the hummocky kame and kettle topography of the present.Cultural heritageSulphur Springs HotelA sulphurous spring found in the area was the site of the Sulphur Springs Hotel built during the late 1880s. As sulphur was believed to possess wondrous curative powers, the hotel's mineral spa was a very popular summertime destination. The hotel closed down in 1910 after it was ravaged by two fires. The spring flows from a fountain first built in 1820 from cast iron. In 1850, it was replaced by a cement fountain. Having crumbled, it was restored in 1972.
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  • This is a huge and magnificent property with an extensive network of trails through varied topography and vegetation. A real treat for repeated visits.  more »
  • On the Bruce Trail. But many more interesting trails too for walking, or casual mountain biking. Nice in winter too. Cross country skiing after a big snow fall.  more »
  • This beautiful city of Hamilton's reserve extending over large areas. Where nature and greenery spread and cover the place.
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  • Extensive network of trails that are great for biking or running, but it doesn't make for a challenging or interesting hike. There are different access points, the main one being from the north, off of Governors Rd (there's a sign and the entrance is clearly visible; $10 per car). Most trails are wide (approx. 8'), with a packed dirt and gravel surface. Some side trails are narrower (I haven't explored all of them). There are no tree roots, obstacles, or narrow sections, but there are many twists and elevation changes on all trails, except the Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail (like the name indicates, it's flat and straight). This makes it perfect for biking, assuming you don't mind the occasional short uphill climbs. It's also great for running, or very easy hiking (if you have young children). But do not go there if you prefer challenging hikes! It's fairly scenic, but the surface is just too wide and flat. There are many hikers, cyclists, runners, and some horse riders. The landscape is nice, large trees, small cliffs, rivers, boulders, etc.
  • You have to pay 10 bucks just to park how many families are going to pay 10 dollars to go for a walk there were people on horses all on trails and horse crap all over is that what we are paying ten dollars for to see horse poo. My 5 and 10 year old sons were so disgusted every 10 feet crap all over trail that cannot be healthy. I didnt see horse trailers so these peoples get to abuse trails for free as we pay 10 dollars to walk in horse crap. What an amazing ontario it is so gross
  • This park is excellent for walking or horseback riding trails. The famous Rail Trail runs through it. There is a historical train station and cars in center, used as a visitor center with a snack bar and educational displays and also usually some local art displayed for sale also. Sometimes a local nature group also sets up a display. Great place to walk your dog as there is a 2 sided dog and people watering post where the Rail Trail and park trails intersect.
  • Beautiful forest. Come her almost everyday in the summertime, whether it be biking or hiking. Trails are kept very clean and others are respectful of the wildlife and plants.
  • Well maintained trails for all activities, and the train station makes a nice stop for a snack when cycling or hiking.