Waterfront

Halton residents and visitors have access to more than 25 kilometres of picturesque waterfront along Lake Ontario, as well as smaller lakes and natural features throughout the region. Halton's waterfront and water features offer a place to discover, celebrate, play, and relax.

Regional Waterfront Parks

Halton has three Regional Waterfront Parks located along Lake Ontario’s shoreline that provide opportunities to participate in active living or just enjoy the natural scenery year-round. These parks are designated in the Halton Region Official Plan:

  • Bronte Harbour Regional Waterfront Park (Oakville)
  • Burlington Beach Regional Waterfront Park (Burlington) – which includes Beachway and Spencer Smith Parks
  • Burloak Regional Waterfront Park (Burlington and Oakville)

Master Plans

In fall 2016, Halton Region (in partnership with the City of Burlington, the Town of Oakville and Conservation Halton) began implementing the Regional Council approved Master Plans for Burlington Beach and Burloak Regional Waterfront Parks. The goals of these plans are to make the parks more accessible to the public and provide a variety of recreational, cultural and tourism opportunities along the Lake Ontario waterfront.

The Waterfront Trail

Stretching more than 1,600 km along the Canadian shores of Lake Ontario, Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair and the Niagara, Detroit and St. Lawrence Rivers, The Waterfront Trail connects 86 communities and more than 405 parks and natural areas including wetlands, forests and beaches.

In Halton, The Waterfront Trail weaves through:

Lakes and natural water features

Halton is home to several lakes and natural water features that are located within conservation areas and parks:

  • Crawford Lake Conservation Area features an elevated boardwalk surrounding a pristine lake atop the Niagara Escarpment.  
  • Kelso Conservation Area includes a supervised swimming beach on a 35 hectare lake.  Kelso provides boat rentals, a beach concession with snacks and outdoor products, volleyball courts, and a children's play area.  
  • Bronte Creek Provincial Park is home to one of the largest man-made swimming pools in North America. It has a surface area of 1.8 acres. 
  • Hilton Falls Conservation Area features a 10-metre waterfall that cascades over the Niagara Escarpment.  The Falls viewing station allows visitors to enjoy this natural wonder all year round.    

Recreational Beaches

Halton is home to several recreational beaches at parks in Burlington, Acton, Milton and Oakville.  Check Halton Beach Water Testing Results or dial 311 for current information on beaches that are open for public swimming.