Rattlesnake Point (Canada)
Rattlesnake Point is an eco-tourism area located in Milton, Ontario, Canada and is owned and operated by Conservation Halton. Spanning roughly one-hundred square kilometres across and near the Niagara Escarpment in Halton Region, the Rattlesnake Point area is home to many golf courses, country markets and equestrian training and boarding facilities. It is a very popular scouting area.
As urban sprawl continues to increase in Southern Ontario, new housing developments in Milton have begun to encroach upon Rattlesnake Point. Land once deemed off-limits because of its relatively difficult accessibility and seemingly untouchable status as a United Nations Biosphere-protected area is being sought after for its prime real estate value as an underdeveloped and environmentally pristine region near the core of one of Canada's most dense urban areas. Rattlesnake point is a really good area for cyclists, hikers and climbers as it is full of beautiful caves and cliffs. The rating of this conservation area is 4.5 stars.
Rattlesnake Point receives its name from the snake-like path cut by glaciers along the edges of the Niagara Escarpment, rather than from the timber rattlesnake, which formerly lived along the escarpment but have not been seen in Ontario for many years.
The Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area was established as a conservation area in 1961 by the Halton Region Conservation Authority. It is a popular destination for hikers, backpackers, cyclists, rock climbers and nature-lovers in the Greater Toronto Area along with Mount Nemo Conservation Area. The park's ten kilometres of cliff edge and forest trails connect with the Bruce Trail and Crawford Lake. The conservation area also has facilities for organized and family camping with 18 group campsites.
Trails and access
Access to the Bruce Trail at Rattlesnake Point is available at several locations, including Mount Nemo. Other hiking and biking launch spots include Lowville, Kelso and Kilbride. Outdoor enthusiasts can connect to the long Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail.
The road leading up to Rattlesnake point, (Appleby Rd, north of Derry) has a grade of 8.5% over 1.2km and is often used by cyclists. To get to Rattlesnake Point from Milton, take Derry Road (Regional Road 7) to Appleby line and turn right (north). There should be a park entrance nearby. The spot is really good for picnics below the cliffs, but if you prefer to eat outside, the ton of Milton is not far away. Entrance fee for an adult is $6.50 and children is $4.75. This hill was also used in the 2011 Mens Nationals Road Race.
The limestone cliffs are popular with rock climbers and are fitted with bolts for top-rope anchors. Sport climbing routes are available towards the western edge of the cliffs. To protect the ancient cedars that dot the area, there is a ban on slinging trees.
- Timber Rattlesnake at Lizards & Snakes of Ontario
- Conservation Halton: Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area
- Rattlesnake Point: Photos and Updated Information