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Located on Lower Lions Club Rd, about 20 min bus ride from McMaster University, is a 115-acre plot of land known as McMaster Forest. This area, purchased by the university in the late 1960’s, is being used as a conservation and research forest. Over the past few years many of the invasive species in the area, such as the Buckthorn, have been removed and replaced by natural prairie grasses which are now starting to come out and spread in the area. It is hoped that by 2018 the area will once again resemble prairie grassland like those that once naturally spread across this area.For now, a demonstration garden has been set up at the entrance to highlight some of the species that will be reintroduced to the area. For those looking to get their hike on, McMaster Forest is also host to a loop trail that goes far back into its woods and emerges near the start. The trail, however, is unmaintained so caution is required in some areas.

Please note: Many important research projects on conservation are conducted within McMaster Forest. For this reason, we ask visitors to respect the area and stay on trails so as not to disturb the research taking place. If you see any vandalism or research materials broken please report it to McMaster security immediately. 

Access to McMaster Forest is free to all users. 

Parking rates may apply.

McMaster Forest

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Please Note:

  • When biking, please obey all traffic signals and always remember to wear a helmet.
  • Hamilton buses are free for students with valid student IDs and bus passes.