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Hamilton has lots to offer for those looking to get out and explore. Along with those areas highlighted above, there are several other conservation sites, parks, and nearby counties that offer everything from rock climbing to canoeing.

  • WATERFALLS: Hamilton is KNOWN for its waterfalls! With over 120 there is always something new to explore and there is no way we would have the space or time to go over them all here so you can check them out along with information on what they are, where they are, and some cool facts at this site:
  • Christie Lake Conservation Area: Christie Lake is one of the most beautiful lakeside conservation areas on the Niagara Escarpment and offers plenty for visitors. A mere 45 min bike ride from McMaster, Christie has a large 18 hole Disc Golf course, canoe rentals, a beach and swim area, and is a great place to go for hikes, swims, or even to fish. Christie also features over 4 Km of mountain biking trails that range from beginner to advanced.
  • Fifty Point Conservation Area: Looking to go boating or a nice walk on the beach? Check out Fifty Point Conservation Area located in eastern Hamilton. The area boasts one of Ontario's warmest and cleanest beaches, a marina, various cafes and restaurants as well as an amazing view of Lake Ontario.
  • Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area: Come for a hike at Rattlesnake Point, and look out over the cliffs where you will see the famous Turkey Vultures float above the escarpment. Ancient, thousand year old cedars line the trails: a rich example of our natural heritage. Hiking isn't the only popular activity at Rattlesnake Point. Bring your rock climbing gear and scale the cliff faces of the Niagara Escarpment; or, escape the pressures of academic life, and camp at Rattlesnake Point for the weekend at any time of the year. Explore the picturesque trails of Rattlesnake Point, and enjoy the rich, natural diversity of Halton Parks.
  • Crawford Lake Conservation Area: Crawford Lake: science and history are deeply intertwined here. The discovery of corn pollen in the depths of the rare meromictic lake led researchers to uncover artefacts and evidence of a 15th century Iroquoian village. In September 2014, Conservation Halton and Crawford Lake celebrated the opening of the Deer Clan Longhouse – a state of the art reconstruction of an Iroquoian Longhouse, a beautiful addition to our present Iroquoian Village.
  • Mt. Nemo: The trails and forest of Mount Nemo are ideal for a quiet study space. There are five kilometres of trails to discover the cliff-edge ecosystem, and absorb the panoramic view of country hills and fields. You can see as far as Lake Ontario and the CN Tower. Mount Nemo is one of our smaller parks, but it is no less stunning and invigorating for a visit. Visit with friends, family, or spend much needed one-on-one time with yourself and a fantastic view.
  • Grand River, Paris, On: A 30 min drive due west of Hamilton is Paris Ontario. The Grand River runs right through the down town core and is a great place to go canoeing, kayaking, rafting or even tubing. Downtown Paris is similar to Dundas and is filled with quant little shops and cafés. It is also host to some of the best ice cream and river side restaurants you will find.

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