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Dundas Valley a Nature Lover’s Paradise

February 27, 2015 by

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Nature lovers experience endless natural beauty in Canada’s Dundas Valley with trails that meander through Carolinian Forest and escarpment landscapes.

With more than 40 kilometers of trails, the vistas offer new discoveries with each visit.

Mountain Biking

Things to Do in the Dundas Valley

Trails in the Dundas Valley offer opportunities for hikers, bikers, joggers, and even equestrians to ride horseback as they drink in the unspoiled Canadian outdoors.

When conditions permit, during the winter months, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing along ungroomed trails offer panoramic views of a pristine winter wonderland.

Winters are beautiful, but the valley delivers stunning landscapes year round. Whether visiting to see the fall colors or to picnic at the Stacey Meadow Pavilion during the warmer months, the Dundas Valley does not disappoint.

waterfall

Things to See

Along with hiking and skiing, biking is one of the favorite activities visitors enjoy when visiting the Dundas Valley waterfalls.

Ambitious hikers can take the Dundas Seven Waterfalls Hike in the Ancaster area of Dundas to see seven waterfalls in one day. This hike starts at with the gorgeous Tiffany Falls where a new observation platform offers breathtaking views and a perfect photo op.

From there, the trail takes you to Sherman Falls, passes by Canterbury Falls and Little Canterbury Falls, along with the Hermitage and Heritage Falls. Those not ready to tackle a hike that long can modify their plans to cover less ground.

Others things to see include:

  • The Hermitage: Aside from waterfalls, history buffs will enjoy visiting the ruins of a once magnificent stone mansion known as the Hermitage, built in 1855 by a Scottish settler.
  • The Gatehouse Museum: The Gatehouse building was built about the same time as the Heritage. It once housed the gatekeeper and his family, and today displays the history of the Hermitage family.
  • Griffin House: The Griffin house offers tours providing a unique look at the determination and bravery of black men and women who journeyed to freedom in Southern Ontario via the Underground Railroad.

Entrance fees to get into the valley are used to maintain the conservation area and provide for safe trails, walkways and bridges. Check their website for current prices.

Photo credits: wikipedia, Emily Philips, hannahjessie



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