Dundas Valley Conservation Area covers over 1200 hectares of lush Carolinian forests, colourful meadows, cold water streams and a variety of geological formations. The conservation area contains 40 Km of trail systems developed by the Hamilton Conservation Authority and boasts Canada's first inter-urban rail trail which spans 32 Km from Hamilton to Brantford. The Bruce Trail also runs through the conservation area, coming down from Spencer Gorge, it goes on through the area towards Tiffany Falls and Hamilton Mountain.
- Dundas Valley Trail Centre: Dundas Valley Trail Centre is the central hub and main access point to the trail network. A replica of a Victorian train station, the center boasts a small cafe, outdoor picnic tables, and is host to various guided hikes offered by the Giant's Rib Discovery Centre and nature-oriented workshops
- Multi-Use trails: The trails within the Dundas Valley Conservation Area, along with the Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail, are multi use facilities and can be used for everything from walking, running, mountain biking, and even horseback riding. (no motorized vehicles allowed)
- Hamilton Brantford Rail Trail: Across from McMaster University, by Ward Ave and Emerson St. is the Hamilton Burlington Rail Trail. This trail runs from near McMaster University, through the Dundas Valley Conservation Area and into Brantford Ontario (a length of 32 km). The trail extends from Brantford to Paris and then onto Cambridge for an overall length of 77 Km. https://goo.gl/maps/83okW
Going shopping at Fortinos or University Plaza? Instead of taking the bus, go for a stroll or bike ride along the trail as it passes right behind both centres. https://goo.gl/maps/e6mjH