Ministry of Tourism Culture and Sport
Ontario Sport and Recreation Communities Fund has allowed us to secure a Project Manager for 2 years! This provincial funding has allowed us to drive projects in Hamilton and Burlington with the goal of getting more people out on trails!
Conservation Halton (CH)
Conservation Halton works to protect, restore and manage natural resources in your watershed from lake to escarpment. Their vision is to sustain a healthy watershed with clean streams, vigorous forests, abundant green space and balanced growth that results in strong livable communities. Spanning (1000 Sq. Km) of land, 17 flowing creeks, approximately 26 km of Lake Ontario shoreline, extensive forest cover and 80 kilometres of Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment, our mandate is to create avenues for sustainable synergy between the natural world we live in and the 450,000 residents that make up the Halton watershed.
Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA)
Hamilton Conservation Authority, located at the western end of Lake Ontario, is the area’s largest environmental management agency, and is dedicated to the conservation and enjoyment of watershed lands and water resources. HCA’s mandate includes flood forecasting and warning, issuing permits for planning and engineering regulations, preserving environmentally significant natural lands, promoting stewardship and conservation, outdoor education and providing recreational opportunities. HCA owns or manages nearly 11,000 acres (400 ha) of environmentally significant lands within the boundaries of its watershed.
Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG)
The Royal Botanical Gardens is the largest of its kind in Canada and is a National Historic Site. Covering over 1100 hectares the RBG had 4 distinct formal gardens; Hendrie Park, Laking Garden, Rock Garden, Arboretum – and 27 km’s of nature trails. Open year round the RBG’s mission is “to promote the public’s understanding of the relationship between the plant world, society and the environment […], and strive to be a global leader in how we use plants in bringing people, places and sustainable behaviour together”. In doing so RBG has worked hard to protect and restore over 2450 acres of nature sanctuaries and sensitive habitats where over 50 species at risk have made their home.
RBG also continues to foster the relationship between nature and human society through various community and volunteer events held throughout the year which range from clean ups to music nights in the gardens.
The University is fortunate to be located in an area that is rich in natural beauty and ecological and geological diversity. Within Hamilton alone there are more than 81 environmentally significant areas ranging from wetlands, marsh, and hardwood forests to prairie, alvar and escarpment habitat. This website highlights and showcases some of the wonderful natural areas in close proximity to our campus and includes links to key Conservation organizations and partners who work hard to maintain, preserve and protect our rich natural heritage.
Bruce Trail Conservancy
The Burce Trail is one of Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpaths and stretches from Niagara to Tobermory, covering almost 890 Km of main trails and 400 Km of associated trails. The Bruce Trail Conservancy is a charitable organization committed to establishing a conservation corridor containing public footpaths along the Niagara Escarpment in order to protect the natural ecosystems and promote environmentally responsible public access. The BTC is composed of 9 regional Volunteer run Bruce Trail Clubs that contribute to this vision. The local Hamilton area chapter of the BTC is the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club.
The Iroquoia Club has 13 properties that it continually maintains and stewards. Stewardship of the land, which includes trail maintenance, brush clearance, invasive species removal, is all carried out by volunteers.
Hamilton Burlington Mountain Biking Association (HBMBA)
The Hamilton Burlington Mountain Biking Association’s mission is to work with community partners to maintain and improve a sustainable network of off-road cycling trails across the Hamilton and Burlington region. A cohesive voice for mountain bikers was necessary to preserve, maintain, and increase the trail network in the Hamilton Burlington region. Together, we can participate in discussions with land owners, conservation areas, and other trail groups.
Hamilton Naturalists Club (HCC)
The Hamilton Naturalists’ Club is a non-profit organization with over 600 members dedicated to the study, appreciation and conservation of our wild plants and animals.
The Club traces its history to the founding of the Hamilton Bird Protection Society in 1919. Our early achievements include the designation of Cootes Paradise as a nature reserve in 1927, and the organization of 34,000 children in Junior Audubon Clubs across Canada during the 1930’s. We celebrated our 85th anniversary in 2004.
Cootes to Escarpment Ecopark System
The Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System is a collaborative initiative of ten local government and non-profit organizations in the Burlington-Hamilton area, at the southwestern end of Lake Ontario. Together, our partner organizations own or manage almost 1,900 hectares (4,700 acres) of natural lands in this area, and are working together to protect, connect and restore the natural lands, and to deliver sustainable recreation and education opportunities.
Cycle Hamilton is a member-supported coalition of individuals, communities, and organizations that works together to promote a healthy, safe, and sustainable cycling culture in Hamilton.
Bike for Mike
Bike for Mike is inspired by Mike Chamberlain, an avid cyclist and world traveller, whose love and passion for adventure carried him to some of the most breathtaking bike trails around the world. Even after cycling up and down the Alps and along the challenging dirt trails of Southeast Asia, for Mike, no ride ever quite compared to the roads and trails of Hamilton.
Bike for Mike is an attempt to help Mike’s dream of making Hamilton a more cycle-friendly city become a reality. Together it is the goal to show the city of Hamilton the importance of safer streets, so that everyone, regardless of their cycling experience and age, can experience the joys and personal benefits of riding a bicycle.
City of Hamilton
City of Burlington
Bruce Trail Conservancy/Iroquoia Club
Beginning at in the south, the Iroquoia Section of the Bruce Trail hugs the ancient shoreline of Lake Iroquoia, following the winding path of the Niagara Escarpment, and forming a horseshoe around the western end of Lake Ontario. While the Trail passes through a densely populated area (the City of Hamilton), for the most part the hiker will be walking on a woodland path with only occasional glimpses of the surrounding urban sprawl. Our Trail and its surrounding natural areas are home to many species of bird, plants and animals.
The Iroquoia Section has an abundance of waterfalls, splashing their way over the Escarpment: Tiffany, Sherman, Webster’s, Tew, and Borer’s. Most of these waterfalls can be seen in a full day of hiking across the Dundas Valley. Largely the Iroquoia Trails cross parkland and conservation areas, with some parts of our Trail crossing private lands with special landowner permission. Without the goodwill and cooperation of the Landowners, the Bruce Trail could not exist. Please respect the lands you walk on!