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Dundas Valley Conservation Area

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Location
Hamilton,  
From You5716.95 Mi
Local TipsCurrent Trail Conditions: For up-to-the-minute trail updates, please call 905-627-1233 or visit our Visitor Alerts page.
Created (yyyy-mm-dd)2014-04-02
Created ByRight Foot Running
Surfaces
  • Soft
Activities
  • Running
  • Hiking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Walking
Features
  • Parking
  • Hills
  • Loop
  • Out And Back
  • Good For Workouts
  • Technical
Street Crossings
  • A Few
Max Distance40-69
Volume of Use
  • Low
DescriptionThe Dundas Valley is one of southern Ontario's most spectacular natural treasures. Highlights of the 1,200-hectare conservation area include lush Carolinian forests, colorful meadows, cold-water streams, stunning geological formations and an array of rare plants, birds and wildlife.

The area is part of a large glacial valley that spreads out into Lake Ontario. It was excavated by a succession of glaciers that disappeared some 10,000 years ago The landscape that emerged has been shaped by glacial melt water and, more recently, by streams flowing through the valley.

The valley's 1,200 hectares of Carolinian forests, fields, cold-water streams and stunning geological formations are home to an array of rare plants, birds and wildlife.

The rich natural environment existing here and along the Niagara Escarpment has been designated a World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The 40-kilometre trail system developed and maintained by the HCA and the world Bruce Trail provides access to almost every part of the Dundas Valley. Organized along three major trails: the Main Loop Trail including several secondary trails branching from it; the Bruce Trail; plus Canada's first inter-urban rail trail - 32-kilometre Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail- which is one of the region's most importan walking, cycling and equestrian routes (it's also part of the Trans Canada Trail). Links to Cambridge and Paris extend this trail another 80 kilometers.
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