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Hiking With Kids

By in Things To Do In The Spring, Things To Do In The Summer
Any excuse to get outdoors is a great excuse! Take the kids to a local spot and soak up some vitamin D and enjoy the calmness (and social distancing) that hiking brings.


Hilton Falls, Halton Conservation

This is our favourite hike for the fall.  It’s an easy walk for small children with a cleared path.  A treat is the fire pit at the end of the trail by the waterfall, so be sure to bring hotdogs or marshmallows to cook over the fire!  If you go in the spring then the waterfall will be a full rush, and in the fall it is just a trickle.  Keep your eyes peeled for bugs, frogs and small fish.

Hilton Falls courtesy of trip advisor

Bronte Creek Provincial Park

We love the diversity of Bronte Creek.  Trails start at the parking lot and, ranging in length from 1 km to almost 3 km, wind along the top of Bronte Creek (always be careful when hiking and biking!) to cover all of the grounds. Bronte has a great trail to have your family dog off-leash, going through a little forest and along a stream, where, in season, you can fish for trout and salmon, among other fish.  You’re sure to see little creatures like frogs, small snakes and bugs and also the Branote Creek farm animals like cows, pigs, and goats.  With a wheelchair and stroller accessible trail and a play barn for kids, this is truly a family-friendly destination sure to please everyone.


Crawford Lake, Halton Conservation

Crawford Lake is as full of great history as it is full of hiking trails.  Crawford Lake is the site of the Iroquoian longhouse {currently closed for the season} and a meromictic lake. With the boardwalk wrapping around the lake, Crawford Lake offers 5 great hikes for any season, ranging in length from 2 km to over 7 km. Add a tour through the Iroquoian Village and a picnic in nice weather, and you’ve got a full day of fun in one location. We’ve added snowshoe hiking to our winter bucket list because rentals are available at Crawford Lake.



Crawford Lake – courtesy of Burlington Gazette


Dundas Valley, Hamilton Conservation

This trail is hilly and takes you through the forest, and my kids love it as there are little creatures to look for.  The trail is a favourite for hikers and cyclists, and you’ll even run into a few horseback riders whenever you visit.  Stop off at the end with a drink and treat at the Victorian Train Station, complete with a museum and washrooms. Dundas Valley is a great spot to hike to experience the ever-changing fall colours.


Dundas Valley

Dundas Valley


Cherry Hill Gate, Royal Botanical Gardens

Head on down Plains Road, pay for parking and enjoy a hike around the Grindstone River on footpaths and the boardwalk.  Be sure to bring some seeds for the chickadees and chipmunks because it’s a local hot spot for feeding the wildlife. A visit to Cherry Hill is ideal for the whole family, and it’s a favourite for parents with small kids who are looking for a quick hour or two out of the house.  The swans usually have a nest in the river and we’ve even seen the beavers on occasion!


{Temporarily Closed} Mountsberg, Halton Conservation

Mountsberg has so much to offer, including Christmas Town in the winter and Maple Town in the spring.  But we love to visit on the days in between to hike the different trails, visit the kids play barn and, of course, the farm animals.  Time your visit precisely so you’re sure to catch the birds of prey presentation, then wander down the way and look for the majestic horses and wild Buffalo.  A day a Mountsberg is ideal if you’re looking for a day of variety.

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  1. LIZ TAVARES 3 years ago

    Crawford Lake-also has FREE archery! In the summer it was held every day at 2pm. In the fall, it is at 11 am, on weekends only!

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      Amber Rohal 3 years ago

      Hi Liz, thanks for the tip – It’s not online from what I can see, so hopefully it’s listed next summer and I’ll be sure to share it!

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