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Located in Hamilton, just east of Cambridge,on Regional Road 97, east of Highway 8, Valens is open from sunrise to sunset daily. Entrance fees are collected at the gate. A fee schedule is posted at the entrance. HCA Membership Passes, good for 12 consecutive months, are available at the gate. For more information about our park and for reservations or group bookings and family picnics, please contact us at

(519) 621-6029, (905) 525-2183 You can email us at valens@conservationhamilton.ca

For the latest event listings, outdoor guides and more, visit our website at www.conservationhamilton.ca

or call our information line at 1-888-319-4722

The Hamilton Conservation Authority is a corporate body established under the Conservation Authorities Act of Ontario, to further the conservation, restoration, development and management of resources, including wate , in partnership with its member municipalities and the Province. Water is the essential element necessary to all life, and how our communities prosper depends, to a large extent, on how we manage this all-important resource.

The Hamilton Conservation Authority assumes no responsibility whatsoever for personal injury or loss or damage to vehicles or personal property of any kind.

While at Valens, you can also visit: Westfield Heritage Village: Any Sunday or holiday, March to December. Regional Road 552, about nine km southwest of Valens. Call (519) 621-8851 or 1-800-883-0104.

Christie Conservation Area: Christie is located on Hwy 5, east of Hwy 8 about 17 kilometres southeast of Valens. Call 905-628-3060 or 1-888-319-4722.

African Lion Safari: Answer the call of the wild. Guided tours and seven game reserves. Safari Road, about six kilometres southwest from Valens. Call 1-800-461-WILD

How to get to alens

Follow this sign to the Conservation Areas.

Welcome to Valens Conservation Area, a 300-hectare mecca for campers, anglers and outdoor lovers. Our 76-hectare lake offers some of the best fishing around. Come for the day, or stay for a week. We’ve have 223 campsites and more than 10 kilometres of trails. Located near Cambridge, Valens is only minutes from Hamilton, between Highway 401 and Highway 403.


Valens has some of the best fishing around. Take on the monster northern pike, largemouth bass and panfish lurking beneath the surface of the lake. You can fish from boats, from the fishing bridge, and from piers located around the lake. Join us for the popular John Burns Memorial Fishing Derby, which takes place on the second Saturday in July and Icefest Winter Ice Fishing Derby in February.


The beach area is sandy and the water treated and safe for swimming. A special screen allows us to chlorinate the swimming area and separate it from the rest of the lake. Be smart in the water this summer: follow all water safety rules. Safety Note: Waterfront area is unsupervised. Adults, children are your responsibility. No lifeguards are on duty.

Seasonal Highlights

Visit us in the fall to enjoy nature’s quiet splendour. When the snow falls, bring your cross-country skis for an easy run along groomed trails, or stay at our campground - it’s open for weekend camping.

Corporate Packages

Valens has everything your group will need to experi- ence its natural wonders, from a warm sandy beach and fishing piers to sprawling picnic grounds, barbecues and covered pavilions. Need help planning your event? Then let our experienced staff arrange catering, youth and group activities, or design special parties to meet the needs of any sized group. To book your group event, call 1-888-319-4722 or email sales@conservationhamilton.ca.

Camps tes

Valens is a popular camping destination, with 223 campsites, including 110 with electrical hook-up and water. Youth groups can learn about our natural world and sleep under the stars in one of eight group camping sites. The campground is open January to November, so visitors can experience nature in all seasons. A computerized camping reservation system allows you to easily plan your visit to Valens. Also, a convenient swipe card allows campers 24-hour access to Valens. In keeping with the Three Rs - Return, Reuse and Recycle - please remember to drop off the card before you depart. To reserve your campsite, call: (905) 525-2183 or (519) 621-6029.

So all our visitors can enjoy their stay, we ask that you observe the following:

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    Please do not deface, remove or damage any property, plants, birds or mammals in the conservation area.

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    Please place your garbage in containers provided. Recyclable materials should be placed in recycling containers.

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    Adults are responsible for watching their children. Please abide by the beach regulations. No lifeguards on duty.

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    Public telephones are located at the beach house and campground washroom buildings. For all emergencies - dial 911.

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    Electric motor and non-power boating is allowed in the reservoir. Rowboats, canoes and kayaks are available for rental at the boathouse.

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    Please keep your pets on leashes at all times. Pets are not allowed on the beach. They are permitted outside the beach area.

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    Snowmobiles and off-road vehicles are not allowed in the conservation area.

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    Motorcycles are allowed on roadways only.

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    Vending, soliciting and advertising are not allowed, except by written permission of the Hamilton Conservation Authority.

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    Fishing: * Fishing is not permitted from April 1 to the last Saturday in June to allow largemouth bass to spawn undisturbed.

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    Camping: * Please read the regulations on your camping permit.* One vehicle is allowed per site. One additional vehicle may be registered at an extra cost. Maximum 6 persons.* Quiet time is 10:30 p.m.-8:00 a.m. Please turn off your radios and refrain from making excessive noise at any time. Visiting hours are over at sunset.* Please build fires in designated places only. Camper supply items such as firewood, ice, and snack food are available at the campground store in season.

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    In the spirit of family camping, alcohol use and possession is prohibited in the campground year round. Buy your pass online: www.conservationhamilton.ca or by calling 905-525-2181

Your HCA Nature’s Rewards Membership Pass lets you enjoy unlimited membership entry for one full year to the Hamilton Conservation Areas. You and your passengers gain easy entry to our conservation areas, plus unique privileges and a list of membership rewards, each valued at up to $36. Call or visit us to learn more about how you can receive Nature’s Rewards.

Prices subject to change without notice.

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