HCA conservation areas – what’s open & closed

Updated June 8: All HCA conservation areas and trails are open for day use. Any closures or changes will be posted to our website and social media. Please only visit your local conservation area or trail and wear a mask in situations or areas where physical distancing is difficult or impossible

Hamilton Conservation Authority conservation areas and trails are open. Gatehouses are now operating for visitors to purchase passes or pay admissions.

All visitors must follow emergency measures and guidelines to allow these trails to remain open safely. Such measures will be posted onsite and include:

  • Only visit conservation areas within your city as per the Stay at Home Order
  • Practice physical distancing by staying 2 metres (6 feet) apart from other trail users. Wear a mask when this is not possible.
  • Pets must be leashed at all times.  Please clean up after your animals, dog or horse
  • Pack out what you pack in. Do not leave trash outside of garbage bins should they happen to be full
  • Follow all signage as to permitted activities
  • Trail etiquette is always important, and responsible public use will allow us to safely operate our areas for visitors and staff.

If any conservation area reaches capacity and is temporarily closed to new visitors, the closure will be posted to our Facebook or Twitter account. Please check there for the latest information. The conservation areas may not answer the phone during these busy times.

Reservations are only in effect at Dundas Peak/Tew Falls and Webster Falls. 

No other Hamilton Conservation Area accepts reservations.  Please check our social media for capacity closures as they will be posted to our Facebook or Twitter account.

Overnight camping will resume at Valens Lake and Fifty Point Conservation Areas on Friday, June 11.  Reservations prior to this date have been cancelled and will be fully refunded.

Shower and laundry facilities will not be available at the campgrounds.  Washroom facilities are available.

No. Our main office will remain closed to the public until further notice. Most HCA staff are working remotely, but still available to contact through email. We continue to carry out our mandated work, including planning and regulations work, flood control and water testing. If you need to make a delivery to our office, please make arrangements with your staff contact.  People wishing to purchase or renew their pass may do so by making an appointment. Please call 905-525-2181, ext. 100 or email nature@conservationhamilton.ca 

Yes, the marina will be open to the public beginning at 12:01 on May 22, 2021.  Visiting boats from the lake will not be permitted, but the boat launch will be open.

Yes, waterfall areas are open.  As of May 1, reservations will be required for Dundas Peak/Tew Falls and Webster Fall.  Reservations will open for booking on April 24.  No walk-in access will be permitted beginning May 1.

Visitors are asked to consider planning their trip on off-peak times such as early in the morning or on weekdays. Access is granted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Visitors are asked to limit their stay to one hour or less to ensure everyone can enjoy an experience in nature. Visitors should be prepared to turn back if the parking lot is full. Illegal parking is subject to fines.

All visitors must follow emergency measures and guidelines to allow these areas to remain open safely. Such measures will be posted onsite and include:
- Practice physical distancing by staying 2 metres (6 feet) apart from other users. Wear a mask when this is not possible
- Do not gather or arrange to meet friends or other groups.
- Pets must be leashed at all times.
- Pack out what you pack in.

Yes, the disc golf course will be reopened effective May 22, 2021.

Yes, our beaches are open.   Beach water test results are linked on each individual conservation area page.

Valens Lake, Christie Lake & Confederation Beach Park beach water testing

Fifty Point beach water testing

Group picnic areas and pavilions are not permitted to be used.  There are no communal BBQs available.  You may picnic with a blanket or at a picnic table under the current provincial guidelines for gatherings.

Washroom facilities will be available in the conservation areas. Masks are required in these public buildings. Some may have shorter hours than area operations, such as the Dundas Valley Trail Centre. Signage will be posted with hours in those cases.

Yes, you may take out your own watercraft.

Yes, within the regulations of each conservation area and under the provincial guidelines for gatherings. No pavilions or group picnic areas are permitted to be used.  Barbequing is not permitted in passive areas, such as the Eramosa Karst, Dundas Valley and Fletcher Creek or at Confederation Beach Park.

Yes, passes can still be purchased online. They will be mailed out to you. Gatehouses will be open at Fifty Point, Valens Lake and Christie Lake to purchase. The Dundas Valley Trail Centre will be open daily from 9 to 4. Members can also purchase or renew their pass by appointment at the HCA main office. Please call 905-525-2181, ext. 100 or email nature@conservationhamilton.ca to make your appointment.

Hamilton Conservation Authority’s Administration Office is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, we will not be accepting walk-in inquiries, meetings or hosting or attending external meetings. Our staff will be available to assist you by email and phone. Staff will also be available to assist with electronic planning and permit submissions. Please see what you can expect from our Watershed Planning & Engineering team below.

  • Staff is available via email or phone. Click here for information regarding staff contacts and HCA Permits and Regulations.
  • Please email us with any questions. General inquiries can be sent to nature@conservationhamilton.ca
  • All submissions can be made digitally, as well as payments. Please consult with your contact at the Hamilton Conservation Authority.
  • If paper files are to be dropped off, please make arrangements with us beforehand.
  • Permits and correspondence will be issued electronically via email.
  • You can help us by prioritizing your critical needs and providing digital submissions where possible
  • Staff will keep the lines of communication open and will inform you of the status of our review and your application. We will also keep you informed if there are any changes and when our office will re-open to the public.
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