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N43.51899 W79.95859

15 km; revised - now about 14 km with trail changes

4.5 - 5 h


313 m

Hilly in places; trail offers great views along the escarpment edge

Entrance fee at Hilton CA-$6.50 adults; $5.50 seniors.

Washrooms at the Kelso Conservation Area (in season)

Picnic tables in the Kelso Conservation Area area; atop Kelso Bluffs -great views

21Aug2007, 06May2008, 10May2008, 05Aug2013, 05Jun2014

Not wheelchair accessible

Oct 2010: A reroute has taken place near (007) on a steep section of the trail to control erosion from heavy use by hikers and bikers. The new reroute adds 680 m with a small southern loop that takes hikers through a pleasant woodland and some of the old quarry associated with the lime kilns.
Parking is no longer allowed for hikers in the golf course lot.  Instead park at nearby Hilton Falls CA on Campbellville Road. From the Hilton lot, take the Philip Gosling Side Trail (0.7 km) to connect with the main Bruce Trail to continue the hike.
August 2011: Parking is once again allowed on the Halton County Inn golf course. See Hike Comments below for details.

You can stop at any point within Kelso CA and return. To shorten the hike to 6-7 km, park in the pay lot on Steeles Ave just south of Bell School Line. Take the Steeles Ave ST along the unopened Bell School Line road allowance to waypoint 009. Turn right and follow the loop around to 010, 009, and then back to the parking lot.

Kelso Lake; escarpment edge; lookout points

Becomes the Glen Eden Ski & Snowboarding Centre in the winter


The Site

The Kelso Conservation Area

The Kelso Conservation Area hike takes place in a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts at this 980-acre park with plenty of activities and sights to enjoy. Indulge in a swim at the sandy beach on the 50 acre lake with certified lifeguards, test your fishing abilities in the clear stocked lake, or rent a canoe, kayak or paddleboat and enjoy the tranquility of the Kelso waters. Mountain bikers can test their skills on the 16 km of marked trails lining the majestic Niagara Escarpment or hikers can trek the rugged Bruce Trail. Hundreds of picnic tables dot the rolling landscape and shelters are available for company and family picnics. Kelso also offers pristine campsites and hosts many special events throughout the year.

Cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment

The Halton Region Museum is located within Kelso Conservation Area. A former pioneer homestead, the museum interprets the community’s history through exhibits, programs and heritage events.

Kelso is truly a park for all seasons. During the winter, Glen Eden Ski and Snowboard Centre comes alive with skiers and snowboarders carving, sliding and having fun. With 100% snowmaking, complete night lighting, 5 lifts, 12 slopes, a quarter pipe, great lesson programs and snow tubing, Glen Eden is close to home and one of the best winter recreational areas in Ontario.

The hike begins in a wooded area descending down to Appleby Line and then entering the Kelso Conservation Area. Here it crosses the railway track via an overhead covered bridge. Look for nesting birds in the rafters. My favourite part of the hike is when the trail enters the woods and soon offers really fantastic views as the trail hugs the edge of the escarpment. A big loop anchors the hike which then returns along the same route.

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  1. Jack

[B]Halton Country Inn – Parking privilege[/B]

We are pleased to announce that parking is again available at the Halton Country Inn on the Sixth Line, Milton. A special section on the left of the main entrance road has been set aside for hikers.

[B]Halton Country Inn – Parking privilege[/B]

We are pleased to announce that parking is again available at the Halton Country Inn on the Sixth Line, Milton. A special section on the left of the main entrance road has been set aside for hikers.

Please note the following requirements:

This is a paid parking area. The fee is $10.00 per car. Pay at the bar or place the fee in the box and put the ticket on the dash. This charge is for 1 day only. If you expect to be gone longer, please pay accordingly and leave a note indicating the date of your return. Payment is for parking privileges only. Cars without tickets may be towed away at the owner’s expense. The washroom facilities of the Inn are not available to hikers unless refreshments are purchased.

The Halton Country Inn assumes no responsibility for your vehicle or contents. Make sure your car is locked when you leave. This area may be closed when overflow parking is required for a golf tournament.

This parking lot has been installed as a goodwill gesture by the owner. For further information on the Halton Country Inn – http://www.haltoncountrygolf.ca

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