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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Exploring Ontario

Are you looking to explore natural areas outside of Hamilton? Ontario is filled with beautiful parks, conservation areas, and natural spaces all across the province. Please visit the following sites to learn more about places near you!

Click the link below to explore natural areas and cycling trails outside of Hamilton!

Discover the Outdoors Cycling Trails


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Ontario Trails Council Learn More about OTC

The Ontario Trails Council (OTC) is a charity that promotes the development, preservation, management and use of recreational trails in Ontario. OTC is a great resource for information and best use practices for trails across the province.

Parks Canada Learn More about Parks Canada

Parks Canada has many beautiful National Parks, Historic Sites, Urban Parks, and National Marine Conservation Areas to explore within Ontario.

Ontario Parks Learn More about Ontario Parks

Ontario Parks is the largest provider of outdoor recreation opportunities in Ontario. There are over 330 Ontario Parks, that cover 8% of Ontario’s landmass which is over 82,000 km2! Check out their website to find a park near you!

Conservation Ontario Learn More about Conservation Ontario

Conservation Ontario is a non-profit association that represents Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities. It is an excellent resource to learn about what conservation areas are near you!

Bruce Trail Conservancy Learn More about the Bruce Trail

The Bruce Trail is Canada’s oldest and longest marked footpath. Stretching 900 km from Niagara to Tobermory in southern Ontario, it provides the only continuous public access to the magnificent Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

The Great Trail Learn More about The Great Trail

The Great Trail, formerly known as the Trans Canada Trail, spans 27,000 kilometres of multi-use trail across Canada.

Waterfront Regeneration Trust Learn More about the Waterfront Regeneration Trust

The Waterfront Regeneration Trust has assisted communities revitalize their waterfronts and their Great Lakes Waterfront Trail is currently a total distance of 2,161 km spanning from Sault Ste Marie to the Quebec Border!

GeoHikes Learn More about GeoHikes

Learn more about Ontario’s amazing geology while hiking the Niagara Escarpment with GeoHikes!