Hamilton Natural & Recreational Trails
The Hamilton region has a number of great recreational trails.
Trans Canada Trail
905-525-2183Toll Free: 1-888-319-4722
Across greater Hamilton, 70 kilometres of pathways and converted rail corridors have been registered as part of the Trans Canada Trail. These include the Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail, the Chippawa Trail, Escarpment Rail Trail and a proposed route through the city. When completed, the TCT will touch all three oceans bordering Canada and become the longest shared-use trail in the world at 18,078 kilimetres.
Hamilton Municipal Trails
905-546-2424 ext. 2045
These include the Hamilton Harbour Waterfront Trail which is lined with trees, lookout points, beaches and picnic areas. Other Favourites are: the Battlefield Creek Trail, the Chedoke Radial Trail, Cootes Drive Trail, the Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail, and the Waterdown Wetlands Trail.
Caledon Trailway - 25.5 km
North-South from Hwy 9 west of Blackstone, to Palgrave, to Caledon East across Hwy 10 to Inglewood
Sports on the trail: Hiking, Snowmobiling, Cycling, Cross country skiing, Horseback riding
Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail - 32 km
905-525-2181 Toll Free: 1-888-319-4722
Access from Leland St in Ancaster, just south of Main St, continues west through Dundas Valley Conservation Area to Brantford following an abandoned railbed. It is Canada's first multi-use inter-urban trail system. Links to Paris and Cambridge extend it to 80 kilometres.
Sports on the trail: Cross country skiing, Cycling, Horseback riding, Hiking
Confederation Park & Trails
905-547-6141 Toll Free: 1-800-555-8775
The Waterfront Trail stretches 325 kilometres along the shore of Lake Ontario. The trail links as many as 177 natural areas, 143 parks and promenades, 80 marinas and yacht clubs, hundreds of historic places, fairs, museums, art galleries and festivals. The eventual goal is to link Niagara-on-the-Lake and Ganonoque, connecting at each end with the Seaway Trail in New York State. The trail traverses Hamilton on road and pathway. The paved 3.5-kilometre paved promenade at Confederation Park is part of the trail. The expanded trail system provides access to significant natural areas, including Cootes Paradise and the Red Hill Valley, as well as landmark attractions such as Dundurn Castle and the Royal Botancial Gardens.
Chippawa Trail - Hamilton to Caledonia
When completed, this 15-kilometre abandoned rail corridor linking Hamilton with Caledonia will become part of the Niagara branch of the Trans Canada Trail. It will also be connected to the Caledonia-to-Dunnville rail trail.
Approximately 8 kilometres have been completed and work is proceeding as funding permits. The Conservation Foundation is spearheading efforts to fund the rail corridor conversion. Individuals and groups may assist in the project by "purchasing" one-metre sections of trail for $30.
Bruce Trail 773 km / 480 miles
The Bruce Trail is one of the most popular trails in North America stretching 773 kilometres (480 miles) from Queenston Heights in the south to Tobermory at the northern end of the Bruce Peninsula. It follows the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment (see Niagara Escarpment Commission), a ribbon of near wilderness running through one of the most populated parts of the country, creating a vital natural link for plants, animals and birds. The Bruce Trail is rugged in places and is punctuated by waterfalls cascading over steep dolostone cliffs. The Trail also connects picturesque villages, and historical sites. In recognition of its international importance as an ecosystem and its exceptional scenic beauty, the Niagara Escarpment Reserve was named a World Biosphere Reserve in 1990 by UNESCO.
The Trail is marked with white blazes; that is, white rectangles that are approximately 6 inches (15 centimetres) high and 2 inches (5 centimetres) wide have been painted on trees, fence posts, and rocks, A turn is indicated by a pair of blazes, one above the other, with the upper one offset in the direction of the turn. In the Barrie area, there are numerous side trails that lead to various points of interest. These are also marked, but with blue or yellow blazes.
A detailed guide book to the Trail is available from the Bruce Trail Association. For more information on the Bruce Trail, please visit their official site
Iroquoia Bruce Trail
The Iroquoia section of the Bruce Traiil has an abundance of waterfalls, splashing can be seen in a full day of hiking across the Dundas Valley. Mostly, the Iroquoia Trails cross parkland and conservation areas, with some parts of our Trail crossing private lands with special landowner permission. The Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club maintains the 125km section of Bruce Trail from Grimsby to North Burlington along the Niagara Escarpment.
HRCA and Hamilton Trails Network
905-525-2183 Toll Free: 1-888-319-4722
Get outdoors and explore the many great trails in the City of Hamilton. These pathways provide important links to natural areas, valley lands, the Niagara Escarpment, Lake Ontario, and neighboring municipalities. They also offer some of the best opportunities for recreation and nature appreciation - key components in the campaign to secure a healthy, sustainable community for future generations.
Dofasco 2000 Trail-Stoney Creek
905-525-2181 Toll Free: 1-888-319-4722
Parking is located at Devil's Punchbowl Conservation Area on Ridge Road.
This 9.5-kilometre Hamilton trail links the 1812 Battlefield House Museum, Devil's Punch Bowl Conservation Area, Vinemount Wetlands and Bruce Trail. It will eventually continue on road to link with the Waterfront Trail at Fifty Point Conservation Area on Lake Ontario.
Lafarge 2000 Trail-Flamborough
Trail access can be gained off Gore Road.
This 22-kilometre trail in Flamborough links the Dundas Valley, Christie Lake, the provincially significant Beverly Swamp and Valens Conservation Area. It will eventually link to Cootes Paradise, Hamilton Harbour and Lake Ontario Waterfront Trails via the Hamilton-to-Brantford Rail Trail.
The Red Hill Valley Trail
Access at Mountain Brow Blvd at Mud St (Upper Kings Forest Park) or
Melvin Ave at Barton Street (Hillcrest Park)
This 7 kilometre trail connects to both the Waterfront Trail in Confederation Park and the Bruce Trail. It passes through lovely escarpment lands and beautiful natural areas.
Escarpment Rail Trail
The city has converted an old rail line into a trail known as the Escarpment Rail Trail. Beginning at the bottom by Wentworth Street and climbing the escarpment adjacent to the Red Hill Valley at Stone Church Road, the trail links with the Hamilton Conservation Authority's rail trail to Caledonia