Trails & Bikeways
Get outdoors and 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.
The Lafarge 2000 Trail
One of the HCA's two Millennium projects, this 22-kilometre trail in Flamborough will link 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. The trail is being developed in partnership with the New City of Hamilton the HCA and the Canada Millennium Partnership Program. The grand opening was held June 16, 2001.
Dofasco 2000 Trail
The second Millennium project of the HCA, this 11.5-kilometre trail will links the 1812 Battlefield House Museum, Devil's Punch Bowl Conservation Area, Vinemount South Swamp 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. The trail features a boardwalk section traveling through the Vinemount South Swamp, giving users a unique view of this spectacular natural feature. The trail was developed in partnership with Dofasco Inc., the former City of Stoney Creek, the HCA and the Canada Millennium Partnership Program.
Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail
The HCA and Grand River Conservation Authority jointly own and operate this 32-kilometre multi-use trail which 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. An easement agreement has been signed with Georgia Pacific that will allow the Chippawa Trail to proceed on the outskirts of their land. The Conservation Foundation is spearheading efforts to fund the rail corridor conversion. Individuals and groups may assist in the project by "purchasing" one-metre sections of trail for $30.
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. Enjoyment and safety among such a diverse group begins with every individual. Visitors are encouraged to visit the Trail Centre for important tips on trail etiquette. Being cautious and courteous helps ensure a great trail experience for everyone.
The Dundas Valley is part of the Niagara Escarpment which has been designated a World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
For current trail conditions, call 905-627-1233 or visit the Dundas Valley web page.
Valens & Christie Lake Conservation Area Trails
Westfield Heritage Village
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.
Discover for yourself Confederation Park's glorious 4.3-kilometre lakefront promenade. Long a favourite destination for those seeking light exercise, it's 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 Bruce Trail
This continuous footpath follows the Niagara Escarpment through Southern Ontario, from Queenston Heights to Tobermory. The portion through Hamilton-Wentworth 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: http://www.iroquoia.on.ca/.
The Red Hill Valley Trail
This seven-kilometre trail connects to both the Waterfront Trail in Confederation Park and the Bruce Trail. It passes through lovely escarpment lands and beautiful natural areas.
The Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail
The Waterfront Trail stretches 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. The goal is to link Niagara-on-the-Lake and Ganonoque, connecting at each with the Seaway Trail in New York State. The trail traverses Hamilton on road and pathway. The paved 3.5-kilometre paved promenade at Confederation Park is part of the trail. The City of Hamilton and its partners are working hard on their proposal to link Hamilton Harbour and Cootes Paradise to the trail. For more information, call 416- 943-8080.
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.