|Sunlight peeping through the trees, illuminating falling snow at Hilton Falls Conservation Area|
Our recent visit had a similar atmosphere - a crisp, slightly windy day, lots of snow and sunshine. The difference was, I was wearing proper snow boots with thick, warm lining.
Visiting Hilton Falls Conservation Area early in the morning after a good snow fall is the best time to witness the beauty of winter landscapes. Taking a moment to stop walking and just listen to the birds, the sound of creaking trees and the whistle of the wind among the pines is something we normally don't do. At one point of our hike through the snow, Frank stopped me and said "Listen." I took a deep breath and enjoyed the silence.
A few tips for enjoying a walk through Hilton Falls Conservation Area in the winter:
- Get there as early as possible - later in the morning it can get busy on the trails with families, people walking their dogs, cross-country skiers and snowshoeing enthusiasts.
- Ensure you have proper footwear that has good treads and warm lining. The walk to the falls is about 4 km, so you want to be dressed warmly and with good traction on the snow covered trails.
- Do bring some hot chocolate and snacks to enjoy by the fire that's located at the Hilton Falls. Remember - what you bring in you must bring out with you. There are no garbage cans for your refuse and littering just ruins the landscape and environment.
I took the opportunity to take photos from our visit - I hope they inspire you!
|A family that hikes together, stays together - in my opinion!|
|The creek above the falls still had snow-covered rocks and tree limbs|
|Frozen sections of the falls, while freezing cold water rushes down|
|Icicles decorate the limestone at the falls|
|Looking the other way from the falls you see this beautiful snowy scene|
|Frank, dressed up for the chilly winter air - that's me in his sunglass reflection|
Location: Hilton Falls Conservation Area is located at 4985 Campbellville Sideroad, Milton, ON, about one hour drive from downtown Toronto.