Photography

Capture the fog rolling over the fields, the waterfall at sunset, or the sun’s rays breaking through the boughs. Zoom in on the wings of a butterfly, or catch a red cardinal in flight. Halton Parks are full of endlessly picturesque moments ready for you to capture in all seasons. Bring your lens close-up to the parks and create your next work of art here on the beautiful Niagara Escarpment. Tag us in your photos on Instagram, and maybe we’ll feature your masterpiece.

With over 10,000 acres, Conservation Halton Parks offer a variety of locations ideal for film, television production and commercial still photography throughout the Halton Region. From natural open spaces to a completely reconstructed Iroquoian Village, from lake front sites to rock quarry settings, chances are, we have the perfect site for your next shoot. With Conservation Halton Parks you can shoot all four seasons, in all weather conditions, in a wide diversity of locations.

Travel time and budget are always key considerations. The parks are located forty-five minutes west of Toronto, with easy access off the major highways, 401, QEW, and 407. Additionally Conservation Halton Parks are located in close proximity to each other, providing a variety of locations. 

Certain types of photography require a permit. Click the links below to see if you need a permit.

Engagements and Weddings

Still Photography for Commercial Uses

Film and Television Shoots

Drones

Crawford Lake

 The Meromictic Lake deserves many visits throughout the year to capture its transformations in all four seasons. Come in the summer when you can see frogs and fish underneath the water, in autumn to see the reflection of the spectacular fall colours on the water, and in the winter when it is quiet and frozen. The boardwalk around the lake is a photo opportunity in itself when you frame your subjects under the trees.

Take the Woodland trail which has lots of evergreen trees for Christmas themed winter photos. The Escarpment trail offers a view over the Nassaweya Canyon and you’ll see Turkey Vultures floating on the thermals. 

The Iroquoian Village is always a striking place for pictures at any time of the year.

Mountsberg

 You’re not without choice for subjects at Mountsberg Conservation Area. For Wildlife, take a walk on the wild side down the Wildlife Walkway and you’ll see the birds of prey, and the buffalo paddock. Come at the right time of day and you can catch a bird of prey show. If you want to come nose-to-beak, you can register for a Raptors in Focus session, and take pictures of our feathery friends. 

Walk on over to the reservoir for calming scenery of the water and waterfowl. (We think it looks especially eye-catching at sunset).  After you’ve captured what you see in the reservoir, walk over to sugar bush town for quaint pictures of Maple Town.

Mount Nemo

 Views of the Toronto and across the escarpment are plenty when you stop by the look-outs at Mount Nemo. Our photographers recommend a hike on a foggy day to take photos of ancient cedars along the yellow trail, or visit early in the morning when the frost peppers the fields.

Rattlesnake Point

 For panoramic views, practice using your wide lens and depth of field at the look-out points. You’ll be able to see Mount Nemo and Toronto in the distance. Rattlesnake Point is especially beautiful during the fall colours season at sunrise. Pack for a day hike, and traverse the Nassagaweya Canyon to Crawford Lake for more photogenic scenery.

Hilton Falls

 

The big draw at Hilton Falls is the Falls themselves. Whether frozen in winter, or rushing in the spring and summer, there’s always a new angle to find here. Practice detail shots on the moss and ferns that grow on the rocks around the falls. In winter you’ll see chickadees, and at any time of the year you may have sightings of woodpeckers. Take the Beaver Dam trail in the summer to see the beaver dams and creeks and wetlands in this park. Along the Red Oak trail, you’ll see the Hilton Falls reservoir.

Robert Edmondson

 

Albeit small, there are plenty of nature pictures to take in Robert Edmondson. You’ll see Marsh Marigolds in spring, and flocks of geese, and dragonflies in the summer.

Kelso

Whether you’re visiting Kelso in the spring, summer, and fall seasons, or Glen Eden in the winter, you’ll have many options here for subjects. At the top of the terrain park you’ll catch great sunsets any time of year. You also have the escarpment edge, turkey vultures, and Kelso Lake to line up in your frame. Walk around the boardwalk in autumn to see the colours of the leaves dance on the surface of the water.

Engagements & Weddings

A photography permit is not required unless you are reserving a specific picnic site. Photography can take place anywhere in the park that is normally accessible to park visitors. Other park visitors must not be restricted from their activities. General access areas cannot be “reserved” in advance.

Regular park entrance fees apply, payable at time of entry at the gatehouse or by making special arrangements in advance with Visitor Services   at 905-878-5011 ext 1273

Still Photography for Commercial Purposes

A Park Permit is required. Contact 905-878-5011  ext 1278 for an application form.  An hourly fee ($178.00  includes HST) is applicable.

Film & TV Shoots

With over 10,000 acres, Conservation Halton Parks offer a variety of locations ideal for film, television production and commercial still photography throughout the Halton Region. From natural open spaces to a completely reconstructed Iroquoian Village, from lake front sites to rock quarry settings, chances are, we have the perfect site for your next shoot. With Conservation Halton Parks you can shoot all four seasons, in all weather conditions, in wide diversity of locations.

Travel time and budget are always key considerations. Conservation Halton Parks are located 45 minutes west of Toronto, with easy access off the major highways, 401, QEW, and 407. Additionally Conservation Halton Parks are located in close proximity to each other, providing a variety of locations.

The Conservation Halton team will help you find the perfect location and guide you through the process. Please contact film@hrca.on.ca or call 905-878-5011 ext. 2278 for more information.

A Park Permit is required.  Contact 905-878-5011  ext 1278 for an application form.  Fees applicable, based on the nature of the project.

Drones

Conservation Halton does not allow the use of drones or UAVs on its properties unless by permit. We have adopted this position to provide our visitors with the peace and quiet that they come to our areas to enjoy, to limit disturbance to birds and other wildlife and to address concerns in regard to privacy and damage due to strikes.  

Further, Conservation Halton property all falls under flight paths for airports both domestic and international and we work closely with our emergency service colleagues to maintain open airspace to minimise any obstruction for emergency aircraft. In order to get a permit, drone/UAV users/operators must be able to provide: 

Either

  • Evidence that there drone/UAV qualifies for Exemption under the Transport Canada Guidelines

OR, if not,

  • Provide a Special Flight Authorisation Certificate (SFOC) 

Further information is available: https://www.tc.gc.ca/eng/civilaviation/drone-safety.html 

In addition, Conservation Halton will request liability insurance from the user, normally asking for $5 million limits, although for some uses, $2 million liability will suffice. These policies should include a specific mention of aviation cover or specifically include the use of a drone. Where this is not specifically included within a General Liability Insurance package, then we will seek an additional $500,000 liability cover on the drone/aviation.  

Permits for pleasure use are free; fees apply to filming or commercial uses.  

Please contact the Visitor Services at the park you would like to visit with a drone/UAV for details on how to get a permit. Contact 905-878-5011  ext 1278 for an application form.  Fees applicable, based on the nature of the project.