Fall into Nature

Spectacular scenery, fall colours, and an array of activities at Fall into Nature.

Fall into Nature takes place during the month of October. More information and schedules coming soon.

Activities include:

  • Chairlift rides to the top of the escarpment with spectacular views along the way. Chairlift rides are only available at Kelso on Thanksgiving weekend, and October 13 and 14.
  • New Hops & Harvest Festival on October 13 & 14
  • Educational and interactive programs (visit an Iroquoian village and the Deer Clan Longhouse, learn about the science of nature)
  • Birds of prey shows
  • Children’s activities, food, and more!

Residents and visitors alike are invited to join us in celebrating autumn at this fun filled festival great for people of all ages! 

Regular park entrance fees apply. Admission valid for one day entry is valid for all seven parks. 

 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.

This year will be the inaugural Hops and Harvest Festival! Hops & Harvest is an autumn festival that features breweries, food vendors, and artisans while celebrating the great outdoors. Inspired by the changing fall colours of the escarpment, the patchwork of farm fields and the abundance of fresh produce appearing in farmers markets. Hops & Harvest is a unique opportunity to hike the trails, take a chairlift ride, admire the spectacular scenery, and then enjoy craft brews and seasonal eats.

The spectacular fall colours will make your heart sing when you visit Hilton Falls this autumn. The Fall Into Nature festival unites all seven Halton Parks. Visit Hilton Falls during the Fall Into Nature Festival and take your family on a horse-drawn wagon ride and view the array of sugar maple, birch trees, elms, ash, and oak!

Do you prefer to move on two feet instead of two wheels? Follow the Beaver Dam trail deep into the woods for a quiet walk in the midst of the season’s magnificence. The trails at Hilton Falls are great for trail runners of all paces with an array of water features like a waterfall and the reservoir to stop and take a break. We hope you brought your camera for colourful pictures of the trails in autumn, and of the birds readying for their flight down south.

Crawford Lake Conservation Area explodes in a fire of colour in autumn. Shutterbugs, prepare your lenses for the beauty of the red, orange, and yellow fall colours reflected on the meromictic lake. Take your time and walk around the boardwalk for the full effect of the autumnal season at Crawford.Go and gaze at the mix of colours of the meadows, woodlands, and pine plantations on the Pine Ridge trail. Guide yourself on the Moccasin Walk on the Woodland Trail. If you’re feeling strong and adventurous, pack fall fare like apples in your knapsack and make a day of it: hike to Rattlesnake Point and back on the Nassagaweya Canyon Trail.  

A trip to Crawford Lake isn’t complete without a stop in the Iroquoian village. Visit the Deer Clan Longhouse and see the art exhibit currently on display. Visit the grinding stone artifact in the village and imagine what Crawford Lake was like 600 years ago, pre-contact.

Mount Nemo looks amazing in the autumn. Bring your dog for a walk and watch the Turkey Vultures bobbing up and down on the thermals. The escarpment blazes with fall colours beginning in early October. Mount Nemo is so easy and convenient to get to from the highway; stop here on your day trip and hike the five kilometres of trails. The length of the trails are deceptive: there are still roots and rocks to challenge the keen hiker. Mount Nemo is quieter than Rattlesnake Point, so come here to get away from the crowds.

To end your trip at Mount Nemo, unpack your lunch and enjoy a picnic looking out at the many resplendent fall colours. 

The Sugar Bush blazes into bright beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow in autumn. Walk down the Wildlife Walkway trail and see the wetlands painted brightly in fall colours. Test your brain power on the Nature Trivia Trail. You can find a trivia sheet at the Discovery Centre before your nature walk. Bring your non-motorized boat to Mountsberg Reservoir and enjoy a calm, scenic view of the park during the spectacular fall colour season.

Autumn is prime time for mountain bike novices to ease into the sport on trails most friendly to the beginner. Lastly, what’s a trip to Mountsberg Conservation Area without seeing our feathered friends at the Raptor Centre. Wave hi to Jazz the Barn Owl, and Pawgwashiing Migizi. Visit on Vulture Day to learn about Turkey Vultures on the Escarpment. Shutterbugs will love photo-ops with the birds at the Raptors in Focus sessions.

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! 

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. Zen Climb will offer discount rates during Fall into Nature. 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.

The crowds are filling up the trails in the other Halton Parks, but Robert Edmondson is our best kept secret to see the fall colours. Pack a picnic, and bring the family for a quiet day in nature. Walk around the boardwalk with your favourite four-legged furry friend and enjoy the reflection of the fall colours on the reservoir.