Spring is about to bloom here in Halton Parks! Jump into puddles, the sugar bush, hiking, and March Break from March 12th to March 16th. Mountsberg and Crawford Lake are brimming with activity during Maple season. If you want to hike without the crowds, we suggest visiting Hilton Falls, Rattlesnake Point, and Mount Nemo. Lastly, get your final runs down the hill at Glen Eden in before the end of the season.
Mountsberg is open daily during March Break from 10am to 4pm. Hike out to the Sugar bush with the kids to Maple Town. Maple Town is fun and educational! Learn how sap is tapped from the maple trees, and boiled into syrup. Sample ooey gooey maple syrup on thick pancakes at the Pancake House, or try homemade maple candy in the Sugar Shack. Wagon rides on the Sugar Bush trail occur all day. Once you’ve whet your sweet tooth, stop by the barn and visit the animals have arrived, and run off some energy in the play barn.
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. During March Break, Raptor Shows will be on at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.
On March 14th, you can meet the Conservation Halton Forestry Crew with cross cut saw and tree cookie branding demonstrations!
Crawford Lake is open daily during March Break form 10am to 4pm. During the spring, treat your taste buds to Sweet Water Season--the sweetest festival at Crawford Lake in the Iroquoian village. Explore the Turtle Clan and Deer Clan Longhouses. Learn how the Iroquoian peoples prepared ‘sweet water’, before sampling gooey maple syrup in a demonstration. After a tasty snack, feel the return of the birds and nature, and explore the Hide and Seek trail. Along the way, you’ll see complex wood carvings of Species at Risk like the Monarch Butterfly, the Hooded Warbler, and the mascot of spring: the Jefferson Salamander. You can also visit the exhibit First Harvest: Celebrating Sweet Water.
Sweet Water demonstrations will be at 11am, 12pm, and 3pm. Syrup Tasting flights will be at 12pm and 2pm. Come ans taste Taffy on Snow from 11am to 4pm.
Chef John will be speaking about Indigenous cuisine and food sovereignty and the significance of maple as one of many incredible Indigenous foods. Learn how the team at NishDish Marketeria celebrates traditional food as medicine to nourish the spirit. Guests to this special event will be able to try some delicious NishDish creations including Three Sisters Stew, Bannock with Wild Blueberries and Maple Syrup, and Wild Rice Pudding and Maple Syrup are on the tasting menu!
Event registration also includes access to Crawford Lake Conservation Area’s Sweet Water festival and Mountsberg’s Maple Town for the day and complementary tastings of maple taffy on snow. Access to this tasty event is by pre-registration only.
Rattlesnake Point during the Spring 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 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.
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, horseback riders, and families: 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.
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.
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.
Get one last run down the hill in before the end of the season!