There is a little something for everyone here at Kelso. Not only is Kelso beautiful to visit (you should see how the escarpment changes in each season), but there is also so much to do: camping, picnicking, mountain biking, a ski hill, stand-up paddle boards, swimming, and even movies under the stars! You’re not bereft of choice when you visit Kelso Conservation Area.
Spring/Summer at Kelso
The snow melts and Kelso Conservation Area transforms from a ski and snowboarding locale into 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. Sign up for the Mountain Bike series and test your skills against your peers.
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.
If you love the water, the reservoir is open for swimming (please note: water levels are lower than normal and swimming area has been moved in summer 2016) 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.
The little ones will love the Family Outdoor Movie Nights at Kelso in the summer. Put your pyjamas on, bring popcorn, and settle in for a family-friendly flick on an outdoor big screen. After the movie, rent a campsite for the evening, and watch nature’s big screen, the stars in the sky at night, while you chow down on gooey s’mores.
Fall at Kelso
The escarpment explodes with colour across Kelso Conservation Area. Join us for the Fall Into Nature Festival. Ride a chairlift up and down the hill for the best views of autumn splendor!
It’s not too late for boat rentals down at the reservoir. Paddle boats, stand-up paddle boards, and kayaks are a peaceful way to experience the fall colours reflecting on the water. The weather is cooling down, and that means prime hiking weather. There are many trails to choose from whether you’re a keen hiker, or you prefer to travel on two wheels.
Are you the adventurous type? Is hiking too…pedestrian for you? The Cyclocross series begins in September for those who want to compete against other mountain bikers for high adrenaline races.
If you’re looking for a peaceful weekend away from the city, camp in your backyard! You can camp at Kelso instead of travelling too far north. Bundle up the family and chow down on s’mores, and gaze at the stars in the evening.
Winter at Kelso
As soon as frost appears on the escarpment, the snow guns are blowing fresh powder onto Glen Eden. Kelso tranforms from a mountain biking and family fun hub into a ski hill with 15 runs and three terrain park runs. The Kelso trails are closed during the winter, but the ski hills are ready for winter fun!
With 8 races in total, some incredible terrain and multiple distances/categories this is a great addition to your training program or a fun way to challenge yourself to achieve a personal best.Learn More
Fall Into Nature
Spectacular scenery, fall colours, and an array of activities at Fall into Nature.
Fall into Nature takes place over (October 1–2) and the following weekend (October 8–10). Festival events run at all seven of Conservation Halton’s main parks: Crawford Lake, Rattlesnake Point, Hilton Falls, Kelso, Mountsberg, Mount Nemo, and Robert Edmondson.Learn More
Halton Regional Museum
Also located in the Kelso Conservation Area, visitors will find the Halton Region Museum. Here you can learn about the area’s cultural history, as well as peruse the library and archives of historical documents and genealogical materials. The 2 hectare site was formerly the Alexander Family Farm, and includes the barn, an 1880s blacksmith shop, and an 1830s log house.
Mountain Bike Race Series
Put the pedal to the metal and sign up for one of Ontario’s biggest Mountain Biking race series! There are 15 races filled with climbs and technical challenges.Learn More
Kelso boasts a variety of activities any time of the year, and the reservoir hosts a multitude of them. You can swim, canoe, or try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding during the warmer months of the year. For those who prefer to stay dry, enjoy a peaceful walk on the board walk around the reservoir.