Horses & Equestrians


All trails in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area are open to equestrians. Seasonal closures will be in effect during the fall and winter months – the Rail Trail remains open year round to horses.

Explore HCA on horseback and enjoy the areas in a whole different way. Horses are permitted in some HCA areas, and we ask that you familiarize yourself with the points below.

HCA areas are closed on a seasonal basis due to ice and the spring thaw and during this time it will be posted on HCA’s website.

Where to go?

Horses are permitted  on multi-use trails at Christie Lake, Dundas Valley and Westfield Heritage Village.

Dundas Valley –  Parking for horse trailers is available at the main Dundas Valley parking lot, located at 650 Governor’s Road. You’ll also be able to enjoy the new day-use corrals in the main parking lot.

What can you expect?

  • Inexperienced trail users who may not know what to do around horses or users who are intimidated by large horses.

What is your responsibility?

  • Galloping on HCA trails is NOT permitted.
  • Manage your animals and don’t bring ‘green’ horses into HCA areas. Familiarize horses with expected trail encounters, such as; cyclists, dogs, strollers, etc.
  • Negotiate safe passes.
    • Greet users early. Hikers and cyclists should yield to horses, but many trail-users can be intimidated by horses or don’t know what to do.
    • Keep to the right of the trail. When passing others, always pass in a single file at a walk.
    • Expect the unexpected. Small children, animals and the elderly can be unpredictable or frightened by horses.
  • Stay on trail at all times. Do not ride in mowed fields, into creek or stream beds or off designated trails.
  • Kick or otherwise remove manure from the trail.

Don’t miss the Annual Equestrian Campout taking place in the Dundas Valley every August!