Signature Landscapes

Hamilton Halton Brant’s true Canadian landscapes are truly amazing. Where else can you paddle a Canadian Heritage River, hike Canada’s oldest and longest footpath, and explore the unique Canadian landscape that is the Niagara Escarpment? This year, get into our great outdoors or take part in homegrown sporting events like our cycling road races and the Canadian Open.

The grand river

The Grand River's gentle currents make it a great choice for first-time paddlers. Area outfitters make it so easy to gear up and go. 

Read about one blogger who organized a group date night rafting down the Grand River.
Read about one family’s tubing adventure on the Grand River.


Hamilton, also known as the Waterfall Capital, makes exploring this collection of stunners a breeze thanks to an extensive network of trails and hiking routes.

Guided Bruce Trail Waterfall Walks feature waterfalls, scenic vistas, Carolinian forests and the natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment. You’ll see a total of 19 stunning waterfalls on the 25-kilometre, two-day hike and 28 waterfalls on the 45-kilometre, five-day hike while enjoying delicious meals and luxury hotel accommodation.

Read a Bruce Trail blogger's account of her experience on a Bruce Trail Waterfall Walk.
Read a travel writer's account of his experience on a Bruce Trail Waterfall Walk.

Niagara Escarpment

Forget indoor climbing gyms. Hamilton Halton Brant has access to the beautiful Niagara Escarpment, where anyone from a beginner to an experienced climber can scale up their rock-climbing routine.

Check out 4 ways you can get to the top of the Niagara Escarpment.


Royal Botanical Gardens’ 27 kilometres of walking trails include over 20 lookouts, 7 boardwalks and 21 stream crossings.

Read a blogger’s account of her afternoon of blooms at Royal Botanical Gardens.

The bruce trail

The Bruce Trail winds its way 890 kilometres along the Niagara Escarpment from its southern tip in Niagara all the way to Tobermory. Many Hamilton and Halton conservation areas offer access to the trail.

The Bruce Trail passes through Crawford Lake Conservation Area’s 19 kilometres of colour-coded trails. Read about one blogger’s experience at Crawford Lake with her young family.

Find out about a new app for hiking on the Bruce Trail.

Conservation areas

Whether your interested in camping, hiking, swimming, cross country skiing or just getting a little closer to nature, Hamilton Conservation Authority has it all. 

Enjoy the parks at Conservation Halton year-round, including Kelso Conservation Area that completely changes from a ski hill in the winter to a sports playground in the Summer. 

The Grand River Conservation Authority is home to 7 conservation areas that offer habitat to a wide range of bird, plant and animal species to be explored.  

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