Crawford Lake Conservation Area
Only 7 minutes away from the Mohawk Inn & Conference Centre lies Crawford Lake Conservation Area, a World Biosphere Reserve. Crawford Lake is one of the 120 known meromictic lakes on Earth meaning that the water is so stable that the sediments that accumulate on the bottom offer well-preserved records of aquatic and plant life from the region. On the site, you will also find a reconstructed Iroquoian Village from the 15th century. Crawford Lake is open all year round, offering guests 19 km of wildlife viewing, hiking, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails with connections to the Bruce Trail.
Hilton Falls Conservation Area
Located right in Campbellville, Hilton Falls Conservation Area’s lush forest offers guests the opportunity to view wildlife, hike, bike or cross-country ski through its 30 km of trails. While exploring, you will see Hilton Falls, a 10 metre waterfall that showers over the Niagara Escarpment. History buffs can explore the ruins of three pioneer saw mills that surround the falls and that were built by early settlers to the area from 1835 – 1863.
Kelso Conservation Area / Glen Eden
Just minutes from Mohawk Inn and Conference Centre, Kelso Conservation Area offers visitors year-round recreation opportunities. In the warmer months, you can swim at a sandy beach, go fishing in the lake, mountain bike through the marked trails, go rock-climbing along the Niagara Escarpment or hike the Bruce Trail. For added fun, visitors can rent kayaks, paddleboats and canoes. No matter what you choose to do there is plenty of beauty to see. In the colder months, visitors opt for snowshoeing or cross-country skiing or pop over to Glen Eden for downhill skiing, snowboarding and tubing for guests of all experience levels and ages. Bring your own equipment or rent for the day. Glen Eden now has four chutes for snow tubing, another way to experience the speed and exhilaration of winter sports.
Mountsberg Conservation Area
Located right in Campbellville, Moutsberg Conservation Area offers a variety of year-round activities. Take a walk on the scenic boardwalk, identify local bird species in the extensive wetlands, or explore Raptor Centre and see a great horned owl face to face. Got a sweet tooth? Visit Mountsberg Sugar Bush where you can sample some locally-made maple syrup on fresh pancakes! Take a horse drawn wagon ride, cross country ski, snowshoe, or monkey around in the barn playground! Stop by and feed the goats, and make sure to browse the exhibit gallery and gift shop before you leave! Mountsberg Conservation Area is a great family destination.
Mount Nemo Conservation Area
To see the great beauty of nature first hand, go to Mount Nemo. Located less than 30 minutes from the Mohawk Inn and Conference Centre, it is 169-hectare park along the Niagara Escarpment known for its natural cliff ecosystem. Proving some of the best hiking the region has to offer, visitors can view the rich diversity of wildlife in crevice caves and thousand year old cedars, or rock climb in this environmentally protected area.
Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area
A short drive from the Mohawk Inn and Conference Centre, Rattlesnake Point has excellent trails all year round for hiking, cross-country skiing and wildlife viewing. They’ve built five lookouts along the towering cliffs of the Niagara Escarpment, and visitors can follow the Bruce Trail through the Nassagaweya Canyon. Experienced rock climbers can scale any of the three challenging, designated climbing sites along the escarpment above the talus slopes.