One of the easiest ways to enjoy the great outdoors is with a picnic. HCA has thousands of picnic tables across all of our conservation areas, waiting for you and your family and friends to enjoy your next meal.

For large groups, group areas and pavilions are available for rent. HCA Members save 15% off pavilion and group area  rentals!

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To learn more about picnicking at each area, click below.


Christie Lake

Christie Lake's idyllic natural setting makes it a great destination for all sizes of group and family picnics. There is plenty of parking, covered picnic pavilions, hundreds of picnic tables and grassy fields that are perfect for games, races or just relaxing.


Confederation Beach Park

The beautiful lakefront location makes Confederation Beach Park a popular spot for summer picnics and gatherings. The Park is owned by the City of Hamilton, with HCA managing the area.


Dundas Valley

The Dundas Valley also offers open meadow areas with picnic tables and the Trail Centre’s attached pavilion is available for group rentals. The Stacey Meadow Pavilion can accommodate up to 80 people. Its pond side location and fishing bridge which extends out into the water makes it a lovely spot for group picnics and weddings.


Eramosa Karst

The Eramosa Karst is the perfect spot for a hike. There are limited picnic tables available at the entrance where you can enjoy a snack or small picnic before you head out on the trails.

Fifty Point

Planning a picnic? Head to Fifty Point where we welcome group events such as family reunions and corporate picnics. We offer two covered picnic pavilions. There are also many picnic tables are available throughout the day-use area and do not require reservations. Alcohol is not permitted at any time.


Valens Lake

There are over 1,000 picnic tables scattered throughout the scenic landscape to accommodate any size group. Please call ahead if you have a large group. We have one pavilion, which is enclosed for all-weather use. BBQ's and volleyball nets are available by request.