With the recent Ontario government announcement of provincial parks reopening for passive use, and after consultation with the City of Hamilton’s Emergency Operations Centre, HCA will begin preparations to re-open its conservation areas. On Wednesday, May 13, Hamilton Conservation Authority conservation areas will be accessible for passive recreation only, such as hiking, biking and bird-watching. All on-site facilities (including washroom buildings, pavilions, Trail Centre and gatehouses, etc.) will remain closed.
Waterfall and escarpment areas, including Dundas Peak, Spencer Gorge, Devil’s Punchbowl and Tiffany Falls are not included in this opening due to their limited size and capacity to physical distance. Camping and marina operations will resume at a later date following provincial directions and waterfall and escarpment areas will reopen last.
The areas opening on May 13 include:
- Christie Lake
- Dundas Valley
- Eramosa Karst – (Ward 9)
- Fifty Point
- Fletcher Creek
- Valens Lake and Westfield Heritage Village.
All visitors must follow emergency measures and guidelines to allow these areas to remain open safely. Such measures will be posted onsite and include:
- Practice physical distancing by staying 2 metres (6 feet) apart from other users.
- Do not gather or arrange to meet friends or other groups.
- Pets must be leashed at all times.
- Pack out what you pack in.
- Use of picnic tables or pavilions is not permitted
Trail etiquette is always important, and responsible public use will allow us to safely operate these areas.
The areas that will remain closed include:
- Crooks Hollow
- Spencer Gorge
- Dundas Peak
- Tew Falls
- Webster Falls
- Tiffany Falls
- Devil’s Punchbowl (Ward 9)
- Borer’s Falls
- Spencer Adventure Trail
Off-season admission fees will apply. Most Hamilton Conservation Authority areas are accessible by auto-gates and can be accessed with our membership pass or electronic methods of payment. Membership pass sales and renewals will continue to be processed online through https://conservationhamilton.ca/product-category/hca-membership/ and sent out to purchasers by mail.
HCA members who require immediate renewals due to an expired pass may call 905-525-2181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment for curbside pick-up at the reception area of the main office at 838 Mineral Springs Road, Ancaster. Appointments can be made Monday through Wednesday, 9 AM to noon and Thursdays and Fridays from 1 PM to 4 PM.