This page was updated February 28, 2014
All trails in all areas are to be used with caution. Most trails have trees across them and more branches may continue to fall. Avoid all trails if there is any wind. Trails are icy. Icy sections may be hidden with snow. Ice grippers are recommended for trail users. Please use the utmost caution in your travels
Visitors to all of our Conservation Areas, Confederation Park , Wild Waterworks and Westfield, should always remember not to leave valuables in their vehicles. HCA experiences very few break-ins to vehicles but we would like to remind all of our customers that break ins can occur while vehicles are left unattended. Purses and articles that include identification, car keys and home keys should not be left in vehicles no matter where you park your vehicle.
- The boardwalk on the Headwaters Trail south of Sulphur Springs Road is closed to horses until repairs can be made. Equestrians are advised to take the Lookout Trail around this section of the Headwaters Trail.
- Please take care on all trails as conditions are icy. All trails are now open.
- The boardwalk section of the Dofasco 2000 Trail is closed due to hazard trees. Click here for more information and closure map.
- The ice in the marina is a minimum 12" thick in the areas we allow fishing. The ice on the pond at both the north handicap fishing platform and the south shore is 10" thick. Fifty Point is open for skating and fishing.
As of February 28, 2014 -
- Valens Reservoir currently has 21-22.5" of hard ice. The lake has about 5-6" feet of snow on top.
- A cross country ski track has not been set lately due to the hard icy snow conditions.
- Trails have a good amount of snow for cross country skiing or snowshoeing. Sections may be icy – please take caution.
- The stairway at Webster's Falls is now closed to the public. Click here for more information on the master plan for the area.
- Please note, no barbeques, fires or sound equipment is permitted at Spencer Gorge/Webster's Falls.
Parking and Use Restrictions – Spencer Gorge/ Webster’s Falls Conservation Area
On weekends and holidays parking will be restricted at the Webster’s Falls parking lot. Overflow traffic will be directed to the Tews Falls area and other parking areas.
Traffic on weekends can traditionally bring large crowds to Webster’s Falls and the volume of traffic can exceed the capacity of neighbouring roads and the parking lots at Webster’s Falls. Please observe “Parking Lot Full” signs.
Visitors are encouraged to visit the nearby Christie Lake or the Dundas Valley Conservation Areas for family picnics and hiking. These areas have far greater capacity and both have modern conveniences and washrooms.
Fencing has been placed to direct visitors from gaining access to the tops of the waterfalls. All visitors are asked to stay away from the escarpment brow, the tops of waterfalls and refrain from entering the water.