The limestone cliffs of Rattlesnake Point are part of the Niagara Escarpment and overlook the Lowville Valley which is drained by Bronte Creek providing some spectacular views. The hike crosses the Nassagaweya Canyon and Limestone Creek as it heads towards Crawford Lake with its historically accurate recreation of a 15th century Iroquoian village. A 750 m boardwalk trail leads around the meromictic lake (a deep, narrow lake lacking oxygen in its lower layers). The Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area has some of the most inspiring scenic viewing found anywhere. Five breathtaking lookouts dot the edge of towering cliffs of Ontario’s striking Niagara Escarpment. With excellent hiking trails, this natural environment park is perfect for that therapeutic walk in the woods during any season. You can soak up this relaxed atmosphere even longer by enjoying a picnic in the grassy meadows or an overnight stay at one of the group campsites.
For the adventuresome, Rattlesnake Point has three designated sites where experienced rock climbers can scale challenging cliffs under a canopy of rich woods. Hiking enthusiasts can trek the Bruce Trail through the Nassagaweya Canyon complete with trail connections to Crawford Lake. Rattlesnake Point is a popular area for rock climbing. This high risk sport requires special equipment and training. Rock climbers need helmets, harnesses, climbing shoes, and a variety of ropes and protection devices to ensure safe climbing. For beginner rock climbers, it is highly recommended that lessons be taken from a certified professional. Conservation Halton encourages safe and environmentally conscious rock climbing. Waiver forms warning individuals that rock climbing can be dangerous and is done at the climber’s own risk, must also be signed by all instructional groups, and submitted to Conservation Halton prior to climbing. Information provided by the Conservation Halton website.
Directions: From Highway 401, take Highway 25 south to Steeles Avenue, west on Steeles to Appleby Line, south on Appleby for 3 km.
From Q.E.W., take Appleby Line north; 1 km north of Derry Road on top of escarpment For more information, please email or contact: Telephone: (905) 878-1147
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