Discover Boating at HCA

Hamilton’s conservation areas offer a wealth of outdoor activities, but for many, boating stands out as a highlight. HCA is excited to share that boat rentals are once again available at Christie Lake and Valens Lake Conservation Areas! Here’s your guide to boating at HCA’s beautiful locations!

Where to Boat at HCA

  • Christie Lake Conservation Area: Paddle around the lake and enjoy the stunning panoramas of Christie Lake from the water. The boat launch is located at the Marina Pavilion. Gasoline motors are not permitted. Learn more about Christie Lake.
  • Valens Lake Conservation Area: Valens Lake is ideal for those seeking a serene boating experience. Paddle across the lake, under the bridge, and around the island! The boat launch is located at the boat house. Gasoline motors are not permitted. Learn more about Valens Lake.
  • Fifty Point Conservation Area: Fifty Point is renowned for its full-service marina on Lake Ontario. With over 320 slips, it accommodates boats of various sizes, making it a prime spot for sailing and motorboating. The marina’s amenities include a boat launch and fuel dock. Learn more about Fifty Point.

Where can I rent a boat?

Lifejackets are included with all boat rentals. Please click here for fees.

  • Christie Lake
    • Canoes are available to rent for a full or half day. Visit to Beach Store to rent your canoe. Click here for hours.
  • Valens Lake
    • Canoes, row boats and kayaks are available to rent for a full or half day. Visit the Boat House to rent your boat. Click here for hours.

Boating Safety Tips

  • Wear Life Jackets: Always wear a life jacket or personal flotation device (PFD). Safety is paramount, no matter your boating experience.
  • Check the Weather: Before heading out, check the weather forecast. Avoid boating in adverse conditions such as strong winds, thunderstorms, or heavy rain.
  • Know the Rules: Familiarize yourself with the boating regulations of each conservation area. Follow all posted guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Remember, Gasoline motors are not permitted at Christie Lake and Valens Lake.
  • Bring Safety Gear: Equip your boat with essential safety gear, including a whistle, flashlight, first-aid kit, and a paddle in case of an emergency.
  • Stay Hydrated and Sun-Protected: Bring plenty of water, wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.


Whether you’re a seasoned boater, or looking to try something new, Hamilton’s conservation areas provide the perfect backdrop for a memorable day on the water. Happy boating!



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