Hiking to an enchanting Hilton Falls
We were 4 families (12 members in all) who visited this 645 hectare Hilton Falls Conservation Park in Niagara Escarpment in the last week of May 2007 to see the Hilton Falls.
Entering the park, we headed straight to the nearby grassy picnic area to prepare and enjoy bbq, a Pakistani Tandoori style, which is a family favorite.
The track to the Hilton Falls starts from farther side of the grassy area. See the picture with people heading to and coming back. Crossing the bridge, you will see an observatory / visitor area and wash rooms on your left hand side with map of the park on the right hand side. The colourful visitor centre depicts the wildlife found in the park along with other information.
The track is about 5 kms through wilderness and itself is a big fun.
Once there you can have a beautiful view of the fall about 10 meters below from the viewing station. There are signs of a historic saw mill that is closed now.
In order to get the idea, please see the pictures.
This park is open year round with cross country skiing in winters.
"The pool view from the hill"
Bronte Creek is home to one of the largest man-made swimming pools in North America. It has a surface area of 1.8 acres. At its centre, the pool is 6 feet deep. The pool is staffed with certified lifeguards. Please note an additional fee applies for pool entry.
"Walk fast seems it's going to rain"
This pastoral, all-season oasis between Burlington and Oakville offers a place to unwind and step back in time. View living history demonstrations in an 1890s farmhouse. Take the children to the playbarn to pet the animals or romp in the outdoor playground. Camp overnight, swim in a huge outdoor pool, stroll along nature trails, and pedal your bicycle. In winter, skate outdoors, go tobogganing and cross-country skiing. The day use and campground areas in this park are separate; each has its own entrance
"Are you sure there is no grasshopper?"
Just use your towel if you want to lie on the grassfield..dont worry, there is no grasshopper.
Most small mammals common to southern Ontario live in the park, as well as some larger species -- white-tailed deer, red fox, coyote and raccoon. Birds in the park include the blue jay, blackbird, red-tailed hawk and several kinds of sparrows, as well as the occasional pileated and red-headed woodpecker, scarlet tanager, turkey vulture and both snowy and short-eared owls. As many as 20 species of amphibians and reptiles also make their home around Bronte Creek. More than 70 species of moths and butterflies have been identified in the park, as well as another 125 species of insects, including a rare katydid.