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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Sugarbush Wagon Rides At Terra Cotta Conservation

Terra Cotta Conservation Area

14452 Winston Churchill Boulevard, Halton Hills, ON, L0P 1N0

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‘To Market We Go’ – Brantford & Brant

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Sung Tieu – Civic Floor

Oakville Galleries

Oakville Galleries, 120 Navy Street Oakville, ON L6J 2Z4

Dates & Times: Feb 3rd - Jun 1st, 10:00am to 5:00pm Closed on Sundays +...

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Road to the Ridge: Taste of the Escarpment

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Paris, Ontario

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Ranjni Perera – Futures

1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L6

Exhibition Period: Feb 13th - May 17th

April 21

Downtown Oakville: Wellness Week 2024 – Free Class: Hot Yoga & Pilates

178 Lakeshore Rd E Oakville, ON L6J 1H6

Date & Time: Apr 21st, 8:00am Free Event Pre-registration needed

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Private Date Night Painting for 2

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The Cotton Factory, DyeWorks Building, 9 Landsdowne Avenue, Hamilton

Whenever Date Night is! Event Price: $165.00 + hst per couple.

Now thru December 7

Oakville Museum Guided Tour

Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate

8 Navy Street, Oakville, ON, L6J 2Y5

Tuesday to Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. General admission by donation (Suggested $7 per...

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Harmonious Creation: Art and Sound Therapy Session

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

1086 Burnhamthorpe Rd E, Oakville, ON L6H 7B2

Date & Time: Apr 17th, 6:30pm - 9:00pm Session Price: $50.00

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Datenight Painting for 2 at Studio K2

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The Cotton Factory, DyeWorks Building, 9 Landsdowne Avenue, Hamilton

Date & Time: Third Saturday every month, 7:00pm - 10:00pm Workshop Price: $135/couple +HST includes...

Now thru September 17

Expressive Abstract Painting Party with Studio K2

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The Cotton Factory, DyeWorks Building, 9 Landsdowne Avenue, Hamilton

Date & Time: Third Wednesday each month, 7:00pm - 9:00pm Workshop Price: $50/person +HST

Now thru April 30

Crossing Borders – Coins from Around the World

1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L6

Exhibition Period: May 2nd, 2023 - Apr 30th, 2024

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