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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Conservation Halton

Kelso Conservation Area has something for everyone! With opportunities for outdoor activities year-round you can experience the different seasons of the escarpment area by mountain biking, camping, swimming, stand-up paddle boarding, picnicking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding and more!

This park has an area of 3.97 square kilometres and contains Lake Kelso, which was built for flood control of Sixteen Mile Creek; a small body of water that features a sandy beach for swimmers in the summer with a food concession stand and boardwalk along the lake to the Boat Rental shop which offers the rentals of canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and is also open to any non-motorized watercraft. The Park also offers 20 campsites, 18 picnic sites, and two camping/picnic mixed sites.

Kelso Website

Directions From McMaster University:


5234 Kelso Rd, Milton, ON L9E 0C6, Canada

Area Photo Gallery: