Written by: Karlee May, Digital Media Coordinator
The snow is falling softly across the Escarpment. Many flocks of birds have left or are leaving for a sunnier climate, and all the leaves have fallen off the trees. The landscape may have sunk into winter hibernation, but Halton Parks are still open and ready for fun winter activities!
If you’re a fan of Hilton Falls and winter activities, you’ll love Winter on the Trails. A horse driven wagon will take you, your friends, and family to the Falls where there is a large open fire. Enjoy the surroundings and conversation while roasting marshmallows over the fire. Bring a non-perishable food item and you’ll receive a free hot chocolate to sip around the fire and warm you up your fingers. While you’re at the falls, you can make a new feathered friend with our resident Chickadees! Open your hands with birdseed and the fluffy little birds will visit for a snack! Winter on the Trails is free with park admission.
The state of the art Deer Clan Longhouse opened its doors to the public in September 2014. As a modern structure in a historical space, the Deer Clan Longhouse offers a unique opportunity for the park to work with talented Indigenous artists, curators and educators to develop exhibits that bridge the past with the present.
While you’re visiting Crawford Lake, feel free to explore the rest of the Iroquoian Village, like the Turtle Clan Longhouse which is built on its original footprint, and neighboring Wolf Clan Longhouse. After an adventure through local Indigenous history, walk on the boardwalk around Crawford Lake itself. Beautiful hand-carved sculptures decorate the trails.
Come to Mountsberg for a nose-to-beak experience! Spend 45 minutes with an expert who will teach you the ins and outs of the Mountsberg Raptor Centre. You may be taken behind the scenes to see how the raptors are fed and cared for. At the end of the encounter you may be able to hold one of our amazing birds of prey!
Are you an adventurer? Are you ready for a new twist on an old experience? Camping isn’t only for the summer! Winter camping has its own challenges and rewards. Venture out to one of the camping sites at Rattlesnake Points this winter season and partake in the tranquil, quiet environment. Maybe you’ll feed a chickadee or two, or identify the tracks of a local fox or rabbit!
Mount Nemo, Rattlesnake Point, and Hilton Falls steal the spotlight when it comes to hiking trails, but many beautiful views and trails are available at Kelso Conservation Area. There is more to Kelso than the beautifully kept slopes of Glen Eden! There are over 22 kilometres of marked trails on the Niagara Escarpment to discover. Hidden among the trees you may see two towering 55 foot high stone chimneys–the relics of a once thriving quarry of a lime manufacturing industry built in 1880.
We’re in the full swing of the holiday season, so why not give the gift of an experience? An experience is remembered and cherished long after knick knacks have lost their meaning. A gifted experience is sustainable for the environment, too! There is little or no packaging, and the pictures you take will remind you of the time spent together. Cherished experiences with friends and family are what really matters. So why not give the gift of an Eco-Experience with a Halton Parks Pass this year? The pass can be used again and again for hundreds of hours of use out in nature!