Rattlesnake Point is one of the most beautiful places in Ontario: spend the day there in any season and you’ll see what we mean. You’ll see the turkey vultures soaring over the escarpment from Buffalo Crag look-out point, and interesting ecological rarities like the thousand year old cedars. Camp under the stars; find the constellations. Get out of the gym and rock climb on a cliff face, stretch out your stress during Yoga in the Park, or enjoy a day hike with your family and friends in the great outdoors close to home.
Spring/Summer at Rattlesnake Point
Rattlesnake Point during the Spring and Summer 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. It’s like camping in your own backyard, but better.
If you can’t camp overnight at one of our 17 campsites, hike on one of the four trails for a restorative nature walk. There are shorter easier trails like Rabbit Run and 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. During the warmer months, Turkey Vultures careen across the sky. If you’re lucky, you’ll see a ‘kettle’ of Turkey Vultures bobbing up and down on the thermals.
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!
After a thrilling treasure hunt through nature, the truly daring will love the views while hanging off the cliff face. There are three designated sites for rock climbers to test their skills. Not all of us enjoy hanging off a rock face, so for a lower impact activity, bring your yoga mat for Yoga in the Park once a week during the summer. Stretch, relax, and breathe outside in the beautiful surroundings of the Niagara Escarpment with instructor led yoga classes. Namaste.
Fall at Rattlesnake Point
Fall Into Nature at Rattlesnake Point. People travel from near and far just to see the escarpment ignite with fall colours. See for yourself and visit Rattlesnake Point in the autumn. The views from Buffalo Crag Lookout Point will take your breath away. Bring your DSLR to capture the perfect autumn photo, or take a selfie with your family and friends on your phone. Tag us on Instagram! There are a handful of trails in Rattlesnake Point, at differing levels of difficulty. If you want a quicker walk, we recommend to take trails Rabbit Run or Vista Adventure. You’ll still get exercise, see amazing views, and have time to visit another park. Our furry friends will love joining you for a hike, too! The well maintained trails are soothing for paws. If you want a day trip to explore two parks, Rattlesnake Point and Crawford Lake, hike the Nassagaweya Canyon trail towards Crawford Lake. It’s a worthwhile roundtrip for a day hike: you’ll love the fall colours on your way to the meromictic lake and Iroquoian Village.
If you’re challenging yourself with a day hike to Crawford Lake, reserve a camp site and stay the night. Each site comes with a fire pit and a picnic table: perfect for families, couples, and solo campers looking for time away in nature.
If you’re interested in exploring and learning about nature, try geocaching. Even in the autumn, there are interesting plants to see on the trail like the uncommon Hackberry Tree or thousand year old cedars on the escarpment. Not only will you learn about nature, you’ll learn how to orient yourself in the wilderness and find real treasure!
If you like a physical challenge, rock-climbing at Rattlesnake Point is breathtaking this time of year. Challenge yourself, hang off the cliff face, and see the sunset over the fall colours on the escarpment while the turkey vultures float on thermals.
Winter at Rattlesnake Point
There’s so much to do during the winter at Rattlesnake Point. Give winter camping a try with your family and friends! It’s all in the preparation and planning beforehand.
Keep warm and keep fit by hiking on the trails. The Rabbit Run trail and Vista Adventure trail are short jaunts easily accomplished in under an hour; and, if you want to push yourself a little more, take the Buffalo Crag trail, and see the escarpment glitter in the winter sun at the lookout points.
You’ll see the thousand year old cedars, and the uncommon Hackberry tree, and even winter adapted creatures like Chickadees floating about. Did you hear that hoot? Many species of owls are adapted for the winter, and you’ll maybe see them on your nature walk. If you want a fitness challenge, bundle up and walk to Crawford Lake and back. It’s a day trip so bring along hot chocolate to warm up in the peaceful snowscape.
Buffalo Crag Lookout Point
Buffalo Crag Lookout Point has one of the best views on the escarpment (we think it’s the best!). Come and see the Turkey Vultures soaring over the landscape. The Buffalo Crag Lookout is a treat for the eyes no matter what season you visit. Visit in every season to see what’s changed on the landscape.
Nassagaweya Canyon Trail
Take the Nassagaweya Canyon Trail for a beautiful day hike between Rattlesnake Point and Crawford Lake. Pack a lunch and enjoy a peaceful hike in nature through the Nassagaweya Canyon, and venture to an Iroquoian Village, and rare meromictic lake on the other end. Stop for an ice cream in the Crawford Lake gift shop before making the round trip. A round trip hike between the parks will take 4-5 hours.
The Ancient Cedars
While you’re looking out over the escarpment at the spectacular views, take a look at the cedars along the escarpment. These ancient cedars are over 800 years old! Ancient flora like the cedars are one of the many reasons we protect and care for our parks for future generations: that they may enjoy taking in history on the escarpment.
Yoga in the Park
Let the stress melt away and feel at peace in nature while you focus on your practice. Join us every Wednesday night all summer long from 7pm to 8pm at Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area for free* Yoga in the Park. Whether you are a seasoned yogi or a beginner, let experienced teachers from Moksha Yoga guide you while you take your savasanas outdoors! Don’t forget to bring a mat, water and insect repellant. Yoga in the Park begins May 25th and runs until August 31st, 2016.