Hamilton Conservation Authority is thrilled to announce a major enhancement to its trail network by unveiling an extended trail system at Westfield, adding a further 2.4 kilometres of trails. The new trail system now spans a total of 6.7 kilometres, offering visitors a wonderful hiking experience on its 204-hectare (503-acre) property. Nestled in the picturesque countryside, Westfield Heritage Village has long been a beloved destination for those seeking a step back in time to explore the history of early Canadian settlers. With the expansion of this trail system, visitors can now immerse themselves in history and the breathtaking beauty of nature with natural woodlands, plantation forests, provincially significant wetlands, meadow areas and cultural heritage features from past farming operations.
The trail system is stroller and wheelchair friendly, with flat packed gravel surfaces, and features three new bridges crossing wetlands and streams.
“We are thrilled to introduce this extended trail system to our visitors,” said HCA Board Chair Brad Clark. “The additional acreage and these new trails enable everyone to explore the natural beauty of Westfield, making it an even more exceptional and immersive destination.”
The official opening and ribbon-cutting took place Saturday, November 4, 2023 at Westfield. The Chinmaya Trail, one of the new trails, was officially dedicated. Representatives of the Chakraburtty family joined HCA staff and board members to cut the ribbon and explain the dedication of the trail name. The Chakraburtty family property was acquired by HCA in 2016 as the last piece of land that connected two separate tracts of land. This key acquisition made it possible to develop the trail system and for Westfield Heritage Village to have enough natural land holdings to become a conservation area, protect natural heritage features and support passive recreation activities.