McMaster University recognizes that the University and surrounding Hamilton area, including their nature spaces, are situated on traditional territories shared between the Haudenosaunee confederacy and Anishnaabe nations. These lands are protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum belt. The wampum uses the symbolism of a dish to represent the territory, and one spoon to represent that the people are to share the resources of the land and only take what they need.
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Crawford Lake

Conservation Halton

Crawford Lake is a beautiful conservation area where you can learn local history, explore the natural environment and enjoy outdoor activities year-round. A15th century Iroquoian Village that has been reconstructed on its original site with 11 traditional longhouses, together with other past artifacts and contemporary art the site is a great place to learn about indigenous culture and the traditional inhabitants of this land..

Furthermore, the conservation area features a Meromictic lake meaning the lake is deeper than its surface area so the layers of water do not mix and its deepest parts remain relatively undisturbed. The area also features a trail network where you can enjoy hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and more. Try a day hike through the Nassagaweya Canyon Trail to Rattlesnake Point.

featuring unique ecological and cultural aspects. home to an Iroquoian Village which boasts historic longhouses. In addition to these unique historical features, the area also includes plenty of hiking trails that are open year-round and, some of which, can be used for cross country skiing and snowshoeing during the winter months.

Crawford Lake is about more than nature conservation, it is about reconnecting with the land and Indigenous culture! Come and listen to the stories the land has to tell.

Crawford Lake Website

Directions From McMaster University:

Crawford Lake

3115 Conservation Rd, Milton, ON L9T 2X3, Canada

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