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Dundas Valley Conservation Area, Hamilton

Categories: Valleys, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web
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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  • Have used this trail for thousands of kilometres of walking. Never fails to interest me. Regularly see deer, coyotes, different birds, plants, trees etc. Also see dog poop in bags hanging from trees, ...  read more »
  • This area has to be seen to be believed. It's absolutely amazing. The dep forested area of winding trails so close to Dundas and Hamilton is just stunning. All the trees, plants and little animals and...  read more »
  • nice place. reasonable fee compare to other parks. nice place to hike. i took my dogs her and they love it. 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Tons of good loop trails in the park. We did the main loop and went out to see the Hermitage where some restoration work was happening. We will be back to check out some of the other loops. The main loop has some good elevation changes. The facilities at the small nature center snack bar were nice and clean.
  • One could spend weeks here exploring these beautiful trails. Good any time of year.
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