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Dundas Valley Conservation Area

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Dundas Valley Conservation Area

Address: 650 Governors Road, Dundas, ON, L9E 5E3
Phone: Weekends: 905-627-1233 / Weekdays: 905-525-2181
Email: dvalley@conservationhamilton.ca
Open 7 days a week, from sunrise to sunset, unless otherwise posted.


Visitor Alerts
Haudenosaunee and HCA set dates for 2017-2018 deer harvest.
Dundas Valley Gatehouse Parking Lot Construction
Ancaster Well fence and gate construction

Please note: photo permits are required for photo shoots in the Dundas Valley - more information

The Dundas Valley is one of southern Ontario's most spectacular natural treasures. Highlights of the 1,200-hectare conservation area include lush Carolinian forests, colourful meadows, cold-water streams, stunning geological formations and an array of rare plants, birds and wildlife.

The area is part of a large glacial valley that spreads out into Lake Ontario. It was excavated by a succession of glaciers that disappeared some 10,000 years ago The landscape that emerged has been shaped by glacial melt water and, more recently, by streams flowing through the valley.

The rich natural environment existing here and along the Niagara Escarpment has been designated a World Biosphere Reserve by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The 40 km trail system provides access to almost every part of the Dundas Valley and is organized along three major trails: the Main Loop Trail, Bruce Trail and the Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail.

Due to rugged terrain, Dundas Valley trails have limited accessibility. Wheelchair and scooter users are encouraged to use the Rail Trail.

Dundas Valley Trail Map.

All dogs in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area and trails MUST be on a leash at all times. Conservation Authority regulations require dogs to be on leash, for the safety of the wildlife of the area, but also for the safety of school groups that are in the Dundas Valley for Environmental Education programs.'

Share the Path: The trail system is shared between a variety of users and enjoyment and safety among diverse group begins with every individual. Please review trail etiquette information.

Current Trail Conditions: For trail updates, please call 905-525-2181.   Alerts will be posted online for trail closures.

Cyclists are welcome to use the Dundas Valley multi-use trail system and reminded to stay on marked trails. Please note, cycling is not permitted on the Bruce Trail.

Share the Path: The trail system is shared between a variety of users and enjoyment and safety among diverse group begins with every individual. Please review trail etiquette information.

Equestrians are welcome in the Dundas Valley and on trails. Parking for horse trailers is only available at the main Dundas Valley parking lot, located at 650 Governor’s Road.

Share the Path: The trail system is shared between a variety of users and enjoyment and safety among diverse group begins with every individual. Please review trail etiquette information.

The Dundas Valley offers more than 30 exciting outdoor environmental education adventures for students in Grade 1-12. To learn more, visit our education web page.

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

A replica of a Victorian train station, the Dundas Valley Trail Centre is the hub of the valley's trail network. The Centre has a food concession, interpretive displays, brochures and maps detailing the Dundas Valley. It is also the starting point for numerous guided hikes and nature-oriented workshops.

Summer Hours: July & August
Weekends: 8:00 AM to 4 PM
Weekdays: 8:30 AM to 3 PM

Off-season Hours: September to June
Monday to Friday: Concession closed, building open for washrooms from 8:30AM to 3PM
Saturday and Sunday 8:30 AM to 4 PM

The Hermitage Ruins, located just off the Main Loop Trail, is a popular spot to visit while in the area.The Ruins are a beautiful and picturesque place to stop while on a hike. Click here for more information on the Hermitage Ruins and Gatehouse.

In 2015, construction on the ruins began to stabilize and restore the crumbling structure. More information on the Hermitage Ruins Stabilization and Restoration Project.

The Hermitage Ruins are also available for for wedding ceremonies. Please visit our weddings page for more details.


AREA QUICK LINKS
Area Brochure and Trail Map
Admission Fees
Photo Gallery
Visitor Alerts
Location and Map of Dundas Valley