Canada Day

Happy Birthday, Canada! 

Make it a staycation in Halton Parks this Canada Day long weekend. We have everything you need for a memorable holiday with your family and friends. Spend the whole weekend with us when you camp in Kelso and Rattlesnake Point. It’s like camping in your own backyard, but better. 

If you’re the adventurous type, Try Rock Climbing at Rattlesnake Point, or book a mountain bike lesson with the Kelso Mountain Bike School. If you’re after something quieter, pack a picnic for a hike at Mount Nemo, or come nose-to-beak with our resident raptors in Mountsberg Raptor Centre.

You’ll also love the food trucks that will be at Kelso all weekend long in partnership with Food Truck’n Friday.

If you have a Halton Parks Membership, a staycation in Halton Parks is even better: members get a 15% discount on boat rentals, and camping and picnicking sites.

There are so many memories to make in Halton Parks this long weekend!  

Spend the whole weekend in Kelso Conservation Area for the Canada Day long weekend. Rent a campsite each night and see the stars come out over the escarpment.

If you love the water, the reservoir is open for swimming and boating in the summer. Try Stand Up Paddleboarding, or grab a friend for a peaceful canoe ride around the lake. The boardwalk is a great walk to navigate a stroller! Families and friends can book a picnic table by the lake for a day out in nature. 

Once you and your family have finished swimming on the beach, book a private or group mountain bike lesson, or a guided ride with Kelso Mountain Bike School. Kelso Conservation Area is a labyrinth of mountain biking and hiking trails. Cyclists love the variety of trails up and down on the escarpment. We have a smorgasbord of choice whether you’re a beginner or an old hand on a mountain bike.

If you’re after having a hiking trail to yourself, the Escarpment and Lime Kiln trails are strictly No Bikes Allowed. Visit the historic lime kilns--remnants from the Second World War. It’s a little history on your nature walk.

You don’t have to worry about finding delicious food because Food Truck’n Friday will be here for the long weekend at Kelso Conservation Area with an array of food trucks. Food Truck’n Weekend is coming to Kelso on the Canada Day weekend, from Saturday, June 30 to Monday July 2 from 10am - 8pm.

Take a trip around the world with Nomad Chef, enjoy the authentic flavours of Mexico with El Callejon Del Taco, savour the flavours of Italy from Bestia, get a taste of Jamaica from What a Jerk!, munch on some spring rolls from Spring Loaded, experience the fusion of southern BBQ and Portuguese cuisine from Sul Irmaos Smoke House, indulge in gourmet Hungarian treats from Eva’s Original Chimney’s and get your caffeine kick from Wake Up Espresso. This event is weather permitting and vendors are subject to change.

*Payment methods vary by vendor, so cash is preferred.

SATURDAY JUNE 30TH
EL CALLEJON DEL TACO
WAKEUP ESPRESSO
WHAT A JERK!
EVA’S ORIGINAL CHIMNEY’S
SUL IRMAOS SMOKE HOUSE
ALIJANDRO’S KITCHEN

SUNDAY JULY 1ST
BESTIA
EL CALLEJON DEL TACO
WHAT A JERK!
SUL IRMAOS SMOKE HOUSE
TORONTO SOFTEE ICE CREAM

MONDAY JULY 2ND
BESTIA 
EL CALLEJON DEL TACO 
WAKEUP ESPRESSO 
WHAT A JERK! 
SPRING LOADED
EVA’S ORIGINAL CHIMNEY’S
ALIJANDRO’S KITCHEN
NOMAD CHEF


Rattlesnake Point during Canada Day weekend has a medley of activities: there is something for everyone! Book a campsite for the weekend, and bring the family for a back-to-nature experience on the Niagara Escarpment. Find as many constellations as you can while you roast marshmallows over the fire pit. 

If you can’t camp overnight at one of our 17 campsites, hike on one of the three trails for a restorative nature walk. There are shorter easier trails, like Vista Adventure, where you can walk to a look-out point like Buffalo Crag Lookout or the Nassagaweya Lookout for a panoramic view of the escarpment.

Do you love thrills? Then try rock climbing, and book a Try It Rock Climbing course on June 30th. Try It Rock Climbing is in partnership with ONEAxe Pursuits, and includes all equipment and three hours of instruction. There is a morning and an afternoon session, respectively.

If you want to explore more than one Halton Park--and you’re after a work-out--take the Nassagaweya Canyon trail to Crawford Lake. A round trip is between 4-5 hours, so make sure you’re prepared for this day trip! While you’re hiking on the trails you’ll see the uncommon Hackberry Tree, and thousand year old cedars: a few of the many plants and flora you’ll see on the trails. Since you’re on the trails, fire up the gps and find real buried treasure. Geocaches are hidden through-out the parks, and especially at Rattlesnake Point. Kids love to search for real buried treasure, and geocaching is a fun activity for adults, too!

Hilton Falls is an outdoor athlete’s heaven. Rushing rivers and budding greenery are a photographer’s delight.

Did you know mountain biking at Conservation Halton began here? There are three bike-only trails that are a mix of novice level, and technically challenging rock-gardens. Mountain Biking purists will love riding on any one of the trails like the Wandering Lynx Backcountry or the Bent Rim. Riders will love how they are deeply immersed in quiet forests.

 Hikers: there are still tranquil trails and water features like the Hilton Falls, or the reservoir to experience quiet nature, and of course, to snap the perfect picture for your Instagram.

Those with an adventurous nature can turn their visit to Crawford Lake into a day trip on the Nassagaweya Canyon trail. Hike 4.6 km from Crawford Lake over to Rattlesnake Point. Take the Nassagaweya Canyon Trail in the summer, and you’ll see the turkey vultures careening overhead, adrift on the thermals.

If you’re not after a challenging hike, but are eager to learn more about the Iroquoian Village, regular programming like Longhouse Lore and the Season of the Three Sisters will have you learning about fire-making techniques, and the importance of corn, squash, and beans, to the First Nations. Otherwise, this Canada Day weekend, pack a lunch and bring your family for a picnic near the shores of the lake, and watch the turtles paddling in the water.

Want to experience a real nose-to-beak experience? Visit the Mountsberg Raptor Centre, and walk along the Wildlife Walkway for a visit with our resident raptors, like Pip the American Kestrel, or Chomper the Great Horned Owl.

If you’re after peace and quiet in the summer, the Lakeshore Lookout Trail has observation towers- great for bird watchers. Bring a picnic and eat by the reservoir, or go fishing if you’re a keen angler!  Stop by the barn to see what new baby animals have arrived, and book a barn encounter for a private 45-minute program with our expert Barn staff, who will introduce you and your family to the life of the Mountsberg Barn animals.

 

Robert Edmondson is a hidden gem in Halton Region, and the newest to join our family of parks. Pack a picnic and enjoy the park in the spring and summer months. The two kilometres of trails weaves through forest and wetlands. Bring your canoe for a peaceful paddle in the reservoir. Resident anglers will catch fish like common carp and the creek chub. Create memories when you snag the big catch together.  

Mount Nemo is a small park, but there are big experiences to be had here! Mount Nemo is the place to hike away from the crowds of Rattlesnake Point or Kelso Conservation Area, especially during the Canada Day long weekend, and the location is perfect for a quick getaway to nature. There are five kilometres of trails to explore, and the views over the escarpment are breath-taking. Birders will love to see the Turkey Vultures floating on the thermals in a ‘kettle’. Mount Nemo is also a naturalist’s dream: in the spring and summer you’ll see bees and butterflies flying in and around the wildflowers. The unique cliff-edge eco-system is one of very few in Halton Region. Bring your favourite four-legged friend for a walk around Mount Nemo. The trails are challenging enough for a work-out, but friendly enough for dogs and children to enjoy.

If you like a little more adrenaline, and more of a work-out, try the rock-climbing routes at Mount Nemo. Rattlesnake Point isn’t the only place to rock climb in Halton Parks (and Mount Nemo isn’t as busy!). After a long day of hiking, caving, and rock-climbing, end the summer day at the look-out point and watch the turkey vultures soaring while the sun sets on the escarpment.