One of Halton Hills’ greatest assets is its natural beauty. Luckily, this is easy for anyone to enjoy, as our town is home to many great conservation areas.
Credit Valley Conservation has three beautiful conservation areas for you to explore within Halton Hills. All three offer access to a section of the Bruce Trail running through the Niagara Escarpment.
Limehouse Conservation Area is not only home to beautiful trails, but also features the unique ruins of old lime kilns.
Terra Cotta Conservation Area and Silver Creek Conservation Area offer trails that are perfect locations to go bird watching, or simply enjoy the outdoors.
More information on these three conservation areas can be found at their website .
Just outside of Halton Hills’ borders, Conservation Halton offers many conservation areas that are both beautiful and informative. You can stroll through a recreated Indian Village at Crawford Lake, or scale challenging cliffs at Rattlesnake Point.
You can enjoy some great skiing at Kelso in the winter, and come face-to-face with a great horned owl at Mountsberg. Both Hilton Falls and Mount Nemo offer numerous hiking trails which will lead you past stunning views.
To learn more about Conservation Halton parks, please visit their website .
Geocaching is and exciting activity offering individuals the opportunity to explore and enjoy the beautiful landscape of Halton Hills. Part scavenger hunt, part “Amazing Race” Geocaching uses Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) units and coordinates which are available on the Internet (www.geocaching.com) to provide clues to caches hidden at various locations or points of interest throughout Halton Hills and around the world. Currently we have over 40 caches hidden in Halton Hills alone, and this number continues to increase. Caches have logbooks to record your name and many contain little gifts or tokens.
Geocaching combines eco-tourism, technology, and adventure. Historical information outlining the heritage of each cache is often available offering the opportunity to explore natural, virtual, and commercial caches that range in levels of difficulty from beginner to advanced. Geocaching is a great family activity, has fans of all ages and can be enjoyed year round.
A cache hidden at Cedarvale Park involves a history lesson on “The Georgetown Boys” (What year did they arrive? Answer found on a plaque located in the park), basic math and lining up coordinates based on your answers. Caches tend to be well hidden unless you know where to look and are always rewarding to find.
Other caches are hidden along the Bruce Trail through Limehouse, along the Credit River in Glen Williams and in Willow Park Ecology Centre in Norval. In Georgetown there are caches hidden at The Old Seed House Gardens, The GO Station, in Historic Downtown, and at Mold-Masters SportsPlex. Acton has caches hidden around Fairy Lake, along the old Guelph Radial Line, and in the Downtown core.
So grab a GPS, a couple of friends and a notebook to start recording your “finds” and get out and discover parts of Halton Hills you didn’t even know existed. Want more information? Visit www.geocaching.com and download the app for your phone.
Looking for caches in specific parts of Halton Hills? When visiting www.geocaching.com use the following postal codes for the areas you wish to visit:
Acton: L7J 2E3
Georgetown & Glen Williams: L7G 4B5
Hornby: L0P 1E0
Limehouse: L0P 1H0
Norval: L0P 1K0
Halton Hikes: Loops & Lattes
with a Foreword by singer-songwriter and Niagara Escarpment admirer Sarah Harmer
Want to reduce stress, spend time with friends and family, feel healthier and have fun? Then lace up a pair of walking shoes and hit the trails.
Building on the success of Caledon Hikes: Loops & Lattes, Nicola Ross’s latest hiking guide, Halton Hikes: Loops & Lattes, expands into new hiking territory.
Nicola describes 37 routes that will appeal to casual walkers as well as seasoned hikers. Her loops all begin and conveniently end at the same location, so there’s no need to drop a car or to retrace one’s footsteps. Ranging in length from 3.6 to 24.8 kilometres, each is accompanied by a detailed map, precise directions, loads of colour photos and a smattering of local lore.
Halton Hikes features routes in Oakville and Burlington, along the cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment near Campbellville, Milton, Acton, Georgetown and Glen Williams, and into the rural areas just across the border near Eden Mills, Rockwood, Erin, Cheltenham and Terra Cotta. If you live in or visit the Greater Toronto Area and the Golden Horseshoe, Halton Hikes: Loops & Lattes will provide you with days of enjoyment.
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