This enticing, long loop in Brantford follows the Grand River south through Waterworks Park, crosses over at Brant’s Crossing, and then follows the river back upstream. Described as “18k of awesome”, the route has everything — beautiful forest and remnant tall grass prairie, excellent bird watching, and great people watching. It contrasts the buzz of urban hiking with the peace of rural solitude, and features historical sites as well as natural wonders.

Wilkes Dam

Itinerary Highlights

  • Length: 18 kilometres
  • Level of Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length of Time: 4 to 6 hours
  • Points of Interest: Birdwatching, Grand River, Wilkes Dam, Brant prairie, Brant’s Crossing

Download the detailed loop guide to learn more and plan your hike.

Download Loop Guide


Hamilton and Area Hikes Series

The Hamilton region has become known as the “Waterfall Capital of the World”, and hikers have made tracks here only to find that the area provides much more to explore. The waterfalls are just the beginning of what makes Hamilton a haven for hikers, and memorable day hikes in the area can reveal stunning Carolinian forests, abundant wildlife, spectacular vistas, and historic villages.

The Hamilton and Area Hikes series is your “step by step” guide to six different day hikes that explore conservation areas, the Niagara Escarpment, the Bruce Trail and the Grand River. Each loop hike includes a detailed map, precise directions, local lore, information about the flora, fauna, and history you are likely to encounter, and après hike suggestions.

Don’t miss the other loops in the series:

These loops are just the beginning of the scenic walkabouts that await in Hamilton Halton Brant. We’ve got hundreds of miles of paths and trails where you can treat your feet to a few hours of adventure.

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Now thru April 4

Saturday Night Dinner Series with Chez Dine – Grain and Grit

Grain & Grit Beer Co.

11 Ewen Road, Hamilton, ON, L8S 3C3

4:30PM - 6:30PM

Now thru April 13

Winter Exhibit: Wildlife Rescue

Royal Botanical Gardens

680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON

10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; RBG Centre, Included in your General Admission or Membership

May 2 - 3

Doors Open: Whitehern Historic House & Garden

Whitehern Historic House & Garden – National Historic Site

41 Jackson St W, Hamilton, ON L8P 1L3, Canada

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM; For All Ages; This is a free event. No museum...

May 2 - 3

Doors Open: Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology

Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology – National Historic Site

900 Woodward Avenue, Hamilton, ON

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM; This is a free event. No museum admission fees.

Now thru October 15

Grand River Tuscarora Route – Glen Morris to Brant

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

Offered Daily

May 1 - October 15

Mohawk Run

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

Nature Galore!

Now thru January 25

Owl Prowl

Mountsberg Conservation Area and Discovery Centre

2259 Milburough Line, Campbellville ON

January 17th & 24th - 7:00-9:00 pm - ADULTS; January 18th & 25th - 6:30-8:30...

October 1 - November 30

Upper Nith River Experience in Fall

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

Fall Colours!

March 19

Beer Sensory Course

Steel Wheel Brewery

105 Powerline Road, Brantford

7-9 PM - Steel Wheel Brewer, Mitch Tuckey - $30+tax/person (includes the course + beer)

March 12

Sourdough for Beginners

Steel Wheel Brewery

105 Powerline Rd, Brantford, ON N3T 5L8

7-9 PM - April Vande Leygraaf, Little Paris Bread Co. - $30+tax/person (includes the course...

April 24 - October 26

Grand River – Rafting Adventure

Grand Experiences Outdoor Adventure Company

115 Grand River Street North, Paris, ON, N3L 2M4

A Great Canadian Adventure!

May 18

Spring Time on the Farm – Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Bronte Creek Provincial Park

1219 Burloak Drive, Oakville. Spruce Lane Farmhouse - by Parking lot F

10:00 am - 4:00 pm, Price Details: Daily vehicle permit required, most activities included (pony...

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