Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Featured Hikes: Hilton Falls, Milton

Ever wish you could find a great place to hike that's close, but not too "touristy"? Well, a group of us went to Hilton Falls on the 13 of February only to find out how fun it is! We did approximately 10-12km and even had a campfire (yes, they actually provide the fire...wood and all) to cook our hot dogs and s'mores.

Here's the information and directions, and don't forget to check out the provided link to see more pictures and to find out more:

Out in Milton, Ontario, there are a wide range of conservation parks that are along the Niagara escarpment. Each park has different activities to do as well as hiking. There is Nordic skiing, downhill skiing, snowshoeing and snowboarding. In the summer, there is (depending on the park) swimming, climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking, wind surfing and other things. If you visit http://www.conservationhalton.on.ca/ and check out each of the parks, you are bound to find something for everyone!

Anyone looking for where it is? It's here. But don't do what we did and follow the old green arrow pointing to Campbellville...follow the map. Turn north onto Guelph Line and the be ready for a quick right (east turn) just after the conservation sign.

...And the bonus is that the Bruce Trail (white rectangular blazes on the trees) and their side trails (the same as the white ones, but in sky blue) run through the parks which means that you can go beyond the park boundaries! There are even campsites along the way in case there are any adventurous people that want an inexpensive and exciting trip that's relatively close to home. The Bruce Trail begins up in Tobermory and finishes in Niagara. That's approximately 800km!

Hope everyone gets out this season! And if you want to get the most "bang for your buck," buy the yearly pass. Our family did it, and because it allows the entrance by surname and not by license plate or size of vehicle, you can drive in your two-door Miata or your VW party van and they won't question it as long as everyone's buckled up!

Just a side note:

Hiking is a great way to get outdoors and exercise. You can go for a half an hour or a whole day. Remember that the more that we can support these conservation parks(like Hilton Falls) and serviced trails (like the Bruce Trail which is kept up by volunteers), the more of a chance there is that these beautiful escapes are kept up. Without our help and participation, more of this precious land will disappear. Just a little something to think about!


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