Hilton Falls features:
- A captivating 10-metre waterfall
- Access to the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve
- Access to the Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest and longest footpath
- Stone ruins of a 19th century saw mill
- 33.5 km of trails for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing
- 18 km of tough terrain for mountain biking
- A vast network of wetlands and forest that provide excellent opportunities for birding and wildlife viewing
450 million years in the making, years of erosion from melting glaciers, ancient rivers and lakes led to the formation of Hilton Falls and surrounding area, creating craggy cliffs, rugged slopes and a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve that is now home to a myriad of native plants and wildlife.
Today Hilton Falls welcomes explorers of all ages throughout all seasons to come and discover the geological phenomenon using the park’s 33.5 km trail system. Six distinctive trails wind their way through lush forests and wetlands, allowing visitors to explore the area by foot, bike or cross-country skis. Three trails are designated for hiking and cross-country skiing, and three are for mountain biking only.
The 4-km Hilton Falls Trail takes about 1.25 hours to hike and follows old logging roads and earthen paths through wondrous, widespread forests. It is the only trail in the park that leads to the stunning 10-metre waterfall and mysterious 19th century mill ruins.
The falls area has resting benches and interpretive signs highlighting the historical, natural and cultural side of the falls. Picnic tables are set up nearby and guests are encouraged to enjoy their lunch in the serenity of the park.
Explore More at Hilton Falls
The 3-km Red Oak Trail takes 45 minutes to hike and ascents the escarpment landscape on old logging roads that surround the Hilton Falls Reservoir. For an extended hike, head out on the 9.5-km Beaver Dam Trail. This 2-hour hike takes you along an extensive loop through wetlands and beaver meadows in the northern section of the park, crossing several headwater areas of the Sixteen Mile Creek.
The Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest and longest footpath, meanders through the park, finding its way to the tip of the Hilton Falls Trail, leading hikers to the Hilton Falls Reservoir. Two tributaries of the Sixteen Mile Creek wind their way through the wooded, rocky landscape, flowing into the reservoir and feeding a series of beaver ponds. Anglers love the bounty of large-mouth bass found here.
Mountain bikers can find hours of adrenalin pumping fun on the Bent Rim (5 km), Single Track (7 km) and Wandering Lynx Backcountry (6.5 km) trails. Consisting of mostly rock and dirt surfaces, as well as bridges and loops, it is recommended bikers come prepared with extra tire tubes and tools when venturing out on this tough terrain.
Once you’ve experienced Hilton Falls, head north on Guelph Line to Halton County Radial Railway, Ontario’s first and largest electric railway museum.
Known to many as the Streetcar Museum, this full-size operating electric railway and museum is home to equipment that dates back to 1901. Visitors are encouraged to ride the rails of the historic electric railcars that operate on two kilometres of scenic track. Plan to spend 1-1.5 hours at this historic site meandering from train car to train car. A stop-in at the lovely gift shop of inspired gifts and tasty treats, including an ice cream is a must during your visit.
Those visiting from June-September are rewarded by the sweet scents of lavender at Terre Bleu Lavender Farm, the largest of its kind in Ontario. Here you’ll see incredible views of hues of lavender, and have the opportunity to learn about the cultivation of lavender, bees, the production of essential oils, honey and more. Guests can also choose to participate in lifestyle classes and activities, like yoga, arts and crafts, equestrian demos and musical performances. Be sure to stop in at the gift shop for locally made artisan gifts and sweet treats, like lavender ice cream. Shutterbugs will love capturing magnificent shots of this incredible sight.
As an alternative for lodging, the KOA Toronto West Campground is adjacent to the inn and offers year-round camping and glamping.