Note that Ontario is currently in the process of re-opening and there are rules and restrictions on capacity and some places require advance reservations. It’s best to call ahead or check websites before visiting to confirm. For more information on health recommendations for the Burlington area visit Halton Region Public Health and/or view and subscribe to the Health and Safety Notices page on the City website.

Hiking

Family looking out at view of escarpment in fall at Kelso Conservation Area

There are so many trails in the Burlington area that you could spend days exploring them all.The main hiking trails (a total of over 130 km) are featured below.

Family looking out at view of escarpment in fall at Kelso Conservation Area

NOTE: This information reflects activities and events offered in Burlington prior to COVID-19 and are meant to inspire you to visit when it is safe to do so. With changes happening rapidly we recommend that you contact businesses directly to make sure services are open to the public and what restrictions are in place.

Hiking Trails

From hiking the majestic Niagara Escarpment cliffs of several Conservation areas to enjoying Lake Ontario views along the Waterfront and Trans Canada Trail or getting back to nature at Royal Botanical Gardens or Bronte Creek Provincial Park there are trails for all level of hikers. There are also multi-use pathways located throughout the city of Burlington that are used by hikers, cyclists, joggers, skateboarders etc.

Safety

There are some risks associated with hiking on trails through natural areas. Many trails follow cliff edges and shorelines of creeks and lakes with no barriers from steep slopes or water.  Trail surfaces can also be slippery when wet or icy. High winds can make hiking unsafe so trails may close during times of high winds. Wearing appropriate footwear, exercising caution in hazardous areas and watching children carefully will help make your hiking adventure safe and enjoyable.

Couple with dog hiking along trail in forest at conservation halton park           Family posing at Mount Nemo on hike

Bruce Trail

The Bruce Trail is a public footpath running from Niagara to Tobermory. It is entirely built and maintained by volunteers for the purpose of protecting the Niagara Escarpment, the most significant landform in southern Ontario.  Burlington is part of the Bruce Trail Iroquoia Section from Grimsby to Milton.

Mount Nemo Hike with view of farmland

This section of the trail begins by the ancient shoreline of Lake Iroquois.  Waterfalls of all sizes are abundant in this section, and include Albion, Tiffany, Sherman, Webster’s, and Tew’s Falls.  The trail passes through Crawford Lake Conservation Area which contains a rare meromictic lake and a reconstructed 15th century Iroquoian Village. They have information about fun families activities you can do on the trails including Fun PlacesGamesSchool of Hard Rocks, and Lost & Found,  The Bruce Trail Conservancy continues to open new Friendship Trails with organizations around the world. Friendship Trails are a mark of friendship and international cooperation between two organizations.

FREE ADMISSION

Iroquoia Trail Hikes:

  • Crawford Lake Conservation Area Trails – 0.75 or 3.2 km (see also below)
  • Mt Nemo Conservation Area loop – 4.6 km (see also below)
  • Kerncliff Park & Ian Reid Side Trail – 1.4 km
  • Ray Lowes Side Trail -4 km

Bronte Creek Provincial Park Trails

Located along the scenic Bronte Creek and valley this provincial park has a number of trails for various hiking abilities.  ADMISSION FEE

Mice, Men and Maiden’s Blush – 1 km (45 minutes) easy, barrier free
This trail travels over paved surface traveling through the historic, previously logged Burkholder woods. The trail winds through areas of pond life, forest regeneration and swamp habitat. This area is home to many bird, plant and tree species. Visitors can also enjoy rollerblading along this trail (novice 1/2 hour).

Half Moon Valley – 2 km (1 hour) easy – not barrier free
This double looped trail takes the visitor down into Bronte Creek valley and through a sensitive wetland habitat. The trail is primarily gravel and boardwalk with staircases at some steep sections. From the lookout platform you can see the creek 80 feet below! Audio Trail Guide available.

Trillium Trail –1km (45 minutes) easy, barrier free
This trail is known for its abundance of spring wildflowers. It is especially spectacular when the Trilliums are in bloom.

Logging Trail – 0.6 km return (15 minutes) easy, barrier free
Passing through a beech/maple woodlot, it is home to many spring and mid-summer wildflowers.

Ravine Trail – 2.7 km (1 hour 30 minutes) easy, barrier free
The longest trail in the park cuts along side the ravine from the north to south end of the park. Take in all of the forest habitats of Bronte while walking through a dense coniferous forest to a scenic ravine lookout point (a must see in the fall).

Leash Free Path – 1 km (30 minutes) easy, barrier free
Let your dog run! Your dog will enjoy running through the tall grass or exploring what is behind the next tree. Enjoy, but remember to stoop and scoop.

Royal Botanical Gardens Trails

Four nature sanctuaries blanket 90% of the Gardens’ 900 hectares of property in a diverse mix of escarpment, forests, fields and wetlands. These wrap around the western tip of Lake Ontario, forming a nodal park in the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. Explore the wilder side of the Gardens on more than 27 kilometres of scenic walking trails. There are four main trailhead locations, Princess Point, the Arboretum, Cherry Hill Gate, and Rock Chapel, as well as two canoe launch sites (Princess Point & Valley Inn). The thirty trails include over 20 lookouts, 7 boardwalks, and 21 stream crossings, and link to multiple other regional trails. ADMISSION FEE

Aerial view of boardwalk at RBG in fall

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Cootes Paradise
The largest and most diverse sanctuary at over 600 hectares and including old growth forest areas. Established in 1927 for its significance as a migratory bird stopover, the area features a 320 hectare river mouth marsh, glacial plateaus, 16 creeks and 25 km of shoreline. Major access points are Princess Point (Longwood Rd.) and the Arboretum (Old Guelph Rd.).

Hendrie Valley
A smaller scale version of Cootes Paradise, the 100 hectare Grindstone Creek Valley stretches to the end of Carroll’s Bay and contains the finest collection of floodplain wetlands on western Lake Ontario. The area features slopes forested with old growth trees, a 60 hectare river mouth marsh complex, and 4 creeks. Major access points are along Plains Rd. and include RBG Centre and Cherry Hill Gate.

Escarpment Properties
The Garden’s 110 hectares of Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve is represented here by several properties forming a 3 km ribbon along the edge. The Gardens’ properties seem larger than 110 hectares as Rock Chapel and Berry Tract are linked with those of the Conservation Authority and Hamilton Naturalist Club. The Bruce Trail is the predominant visitor feature here, and connects to Cootes Paradise through the Ray Lowes Side Trail. The main visitor access is on Rock Chapel Rd.

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