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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McMaster is committed to creating an inclusive community for all. In outdoor spaces and programming, McMaster strives to align with principles of accessibility which refers to “the proactive identification and mediation of barriers to anticipate and welcome members of our diverse community and increase accessibility for all” (Forward with FLEXibility, 2017). 

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Accessibility ramp leading toward Class of 64 Founders Garden and McMaster Senator statue outside University Hall

Accessibility and the Outdoors

McMaster University recognizes that unique accessibility and mental health needs shouldn’t pose barriers to benefiting from the outdoors. Together, McMaster and the Hamilton community manage dozens of trails and green spaces that have been made accessible through paved or semi-paved pathways, which include various amenities and the possibility for mental clarity and personal rejuvenation. To view the McMaster University Athletics and Recreation Accessibility Policy, click here!

Accessibility at McMaster

Accessibility Documents & Resources


Available online and through Mosaic’s “regulatory training” portal, forward with Flexibility aims to support those in educational roles enhance access for all by applying Accessible Education principles across teaching and learning contexts. | Site

Ontario Trails: accessible trails

Features listing and classification of trails by the Ontario Trails Council | Site

Walk In Nature Sessions

Post walk virtual meetup | Site