Crawford Lake Conservation Area

Crawford Lake Conservation Area

Crawford Lake Conservation Area
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Naomi M
Mississauga, Canada27 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Crawford Lake is always a beautiful place to visit, but it was disappointing that the longhouses were not open when we went today. There was no indication of this on the Conservation Halton website. Presumably they are open at some points during the week, because there are notices about covid-19 on the outer doors. In addition, there was no one at the gate to scan our reservation code and in fact the park was pretty deserted of staff. We weren't sure why reserving a time was necessary (especially during the week), if this is not even checked when you arrive. We won't go again until they are fully open because it was not the full experience that we were expecting.
Written September 10, 2021
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Robert Kinney
Oakville, Canada19 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
Disappointingly, the people in charge have decided to install an internet driven access control system, which will keep many potential visitors away from visiting this valuable historic site. A destination which I had visited many times with visiting family and friends. So I was rather shocked when I had wanted to impress a visiting cousin and her husband last week, and learned that now an online pre-booking is required. From the signs at the gate, I assume that a license plate reader would then open the barrier, if the plate corresponds with a booking. Hello big brother! This system will definitely turn away many potential visitors, and also preclude many from learning about historic indigenous culture. The system may generate some savings in personnel costs, but I want to bet that decreasing visitor revenue will show a loss in the ledgers. My numerous rewarding previous visits have now been replaced with a bitter taste in my mouth. I have to praise the City of Toronto, where historic sites have been opened free of any charge to the general public.
Written December 4, 2022
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Steve F
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Very difficult to get in. Had to drive back up the road to get a signal and pay to get in.
Having eventually got in after queueing behind a car battling with the sign in procedure at the gate. we found the longhouses are only open on the weekends. Visitors centre relies on the theatre which was also closed.
Very, very disappointed
Written October 2, 2023
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Madhutch2013
Carrying Place, Canada11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023
Lovely little conservation area that is totally unprepared to repersent the start of the new epoch.
Diffucult to get into, by reservation only even though it's not a busy site. Gate house is only staffed until 4pm. After that your on your own.
I did really like the park just wouldn't give my personal data to an organization with such a crappy diffucult to mavigate website.
Written July 15, 2023
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Mila A
Toronto, Canada530 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Very nice place to enjoy nature and to have a nice stroll via wood.
You can also take your snow shoes and cross country skis to enjoy snowy trials and explore nature! Nice area for family visit.

Written April 10, 2023
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travellinglandscaper
Milton, Canada299 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Friends
Geologically, Crawford Lake, in Campbellville, which is technically in Milton, Ontario, not Kitchener as listed here, is a meromictic lake (pardon spelling) which means it is very small and very deep - 90' - which means there is no turnover of water in the lower layers. What falls in, including corn pollen, stays perfectly preserved...which is how they found the Indian Village they've rebuilt. There are many special species of plants here and the paths and boardwalks are easy to navigate. You can even walk to the Nassagawaya Canyon which is stunning and few know it's there. It's managed by Conservation Halton so is kept very natural.
Written January 13, 2013
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Rieser
Milton, Canada270 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2013 • Friends
Crawford Lake is one of those hidden gems! Having grown up in the area, I knew it before it was developed into a very informative conservation park, and for that reason I didn't give it an excellent. I found it far more atractive in it's semi natural state. The Crawfords and the Mahon's did have a summer home on the lake at one time. Conservation Halton has done an excellent job of making it user friendly to all comers. With a board walk around the whole lake (which is somewhat of a phenomenom) to the reconstructed long houses in the original location which was once a thriving Indian village. It's a great place to go for hikes...........10 minutes into your hike you can be all by your self in a beautiful natural environment. If you can follow the trail blazes you can end up at Rattlesnake point or the Nassagawaya canyon, a very rugged part of the Niagara Escarpment. A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Written April 17, 2014
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Alex P
Kitchener, Canada53 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Family
Crawford Lake is an unusual geological oddity. Only one of several such deep narrow lakes in the world that is so deep and still that oxygen does not penetrate to the bottom. The water is clear and pure and the sediments are in disturbed allowing for them to be measured and examined for the archeological history. Much of the area around the lake is in natural state with a significant stand of Carolian forest that is beautiful at any time of the year but most spectacular after first frost. The sister also maintains a recreated Indian village including palisade and lodges. Wonderful experience for kids and adults. Close to Toronto just north on Guelph Line from the QEW in Burlington or south from the 401 through the village of Campbellville. Slow down for the tracks in Campbellville they are rough and bumpy!
Written August 4, 2013
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Dumitru G
25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Family
At first, I was surprised why should we pay $15 entrance fee for 2 adults ($7.5 per adult) and I still think it's a little exaggerated. But loved the park, the old Indian village with it's restored long houses, the park attendants, the trails around the lake and in the forest. Nice, quiet and clean park. Good for hikers and for history lovers.
Written July 2, 2019
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Elal S
Waterloo, Canada58 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Couples
I always recommend this to families who are wondering what to do with their kids on non-school days and/or visiting family & friends on holidays and weekends. The stories, buildings and site are an important part of our local history that need to be experienced, encouraged and remembered. There are pathways that connect to a beautiful section of the Bruce Trail; and there is a board walk around the small meromictic lake. This pathway is great for those with mobility issues.
Written March 11, 2019
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