We decided to check out Halton Park’s Kelso Conservation area last weekend, and take advantage of the annual Fall Into Nature event to do something that only happens two weekends a year outside of ski season….
We rode the chairlift to the top of the hill! Now, when I say “we” I just mean Emma and I. Someone had to walk the hill with little Buddy, and that someone turned out to be Alex.
The chairlift tickets are in addition to the entrance fee, but are quite reasonable and in my opinion worth the cost to take this once-a-year opportunity. Adult tickets are $4.50 and child/senior tickets are $3.50. The lift ticket is good for unlimited rides on the day it is purchased. If you missed taking an awesome picture of the escarpment on one ride, you can do it again and get the shot!
The lift ride during Fall into Nature is much slower than when skiers are getting whisked to the top of the hill, making it easier to get on and off the chair and a lot of fun for all ages.
Once we made it to the top, we took our time on the rocky ledge taking photos and enjoying the view, and then set off along the Escarpment Trail.
This trail is part of the Bruce Trail, with about half of it lining the edge of the escarpment. There are a couple of nice lookout areas, and like most of the Halton Parks, the trail has it’s share of rocks and roots, ancient cedars and cool crevices.
If you have ever admired this part of the Niagara Escarpment as you’ve zipped past on Hwy 401 and wondered what it must be like at the top of that great, rocky cliff, this trail is definitely a way to see things from the other side.
Our hike lasted about an hour, as we took our time and lingered at a the lookouts. The trail is moderate in difficulty in some parts, but really manageable if you are wearing proper shoes. Note that part of this trail is shared with mountain bikers, so keep an eye out for them and remember to share the trail!
The Escarpment Trail would be a great hike at any time of year, but Fall is really spectacular. And visiting Kelso (or any of the other Halton Parks) during the Fall Into Nature event is even better. http://www.conservationhalton.ca/fallintonature
The chairlift at Kelso wasn’t the only special activity. There was also guided mountain bike rides, activities for kids and face painting. Activities are also running Oct. 14-15. Check out all of the Fall Into Nature activities at the Conservation Halton Website.