There is a little something for everyone here at Kelso. Not only is Kelso beautiful to visit (you should see how the escarpment changes in each season), but there is also so much to do: camping, picnicking, mountain biking, a ski hill, stand-up paddle boards, swimming, and even movies under the stars! You’re not bereft of choice when you visit Kelso Conservation Area.
The Visitor Centre differs in hours in the Spring and Summer.
Note: Kelso is currently CLOSED due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ALL TRAILS ARE CLOSED.
Kelso Visitor Centre Hours (regular operating hours)
March 20th-June 30th:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
July 1st-September 1st:
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
September 2nd-March 19th:
Visitor Centre follows Glen Eden hours of operation
Spring/Summer at Kelso
The snow melts and Kelso Conservation Area transforms from a ski and snowboarding locale into a labyrinth of mountain biking and hiking trails. Cyclists love the variety of trails up and down on the escarpment. We have a smorgasbord of choice whether you’re a beginner or an old hand on a mountain bike. Sign up for the Mountain Bike series and test your skills against your peers.
If you’re after having a hiking trail to yourself, the Escarpment and Lime Kiln trails are strictly No Bikes Allowed. Visit the historic lime kilns--remnants from the Second World War. It’s a little history on your nature walk.
If you love the water, the reservoir is open for swimming and boating in the summer. Try Stand Up Paddleboarding, or grab a friend for a peaceful canoe ride around the lake. The boardwalk is a great walk to navigate a stroller! Families and friends can book a picnic table by the lake for a day out in nature.
The little ones will love the Family Outdoor Movie Nights at Kelso in the summer. Put your pyjamas on, bring popcorn, and settle in for a family-friendly flick on an outdoor big screen. After the movie, rent a campsite for the evening, and watch nature’s big screen, the stars in the sky at night, while you chow down on gooey s’mores.
Fall at Kelso
The escarpment explodes with colour across Kelso Conservation Area. Join us for the Fall Into Nature Festival. Ride a chairlift up and down the hill for the best views of autumn splendor!
It’s not too late for boat rentals down at the reservoir. Paddle boats, stand-up paddle boards, and kayaks are a peaceful way to experience the fall colours reflecting on the water. The weather is cooling down, and that means prime hiking weather. There are many trails to choose from whether you’re a keen hiker, or you prefer to travel on two wheels.
Are you the adventurous type? Is hiking too…pedestrian for you? The Cyclocross series begins in September for those who want to compete against other mountain bikers for high adrenaline races.
If you’re looking for a peaceful weekend away from the city, camp in your backyard! You can camp at Kelso instead of travelling too far north. Bundle up the family and chow down on s’mores, and gaze at the stars in the evening.
The Kelso Trail Network will close in November. The trail network closes every year in mid November until mid April due to the Glen Eden season. Those wishing to ride or hike will be welcomed at our Hilton Falls location all winter long. Conservation Halton prides itself on providing a safe and enjoyable trail experience, please assist us in doing so by adhering to this notice of closure.
Please note that this is an annual effort that occurs every fall.
Winter at Kelso
As soon as frost appears on the escarpment, the snow guns are blowing fresh powder onto Glen Eden. Kelso tranforms from a mountain biking and family fun hub into a ski hill with 15 runs and three terrain park runs. The Kelso trails are closed during the winter, but the ski hills are ready for winter fun!
Kelso’s Challenge Course is comprised of two main attractions. The Escarpment Walk is an aerial ropes course that will challenge you to test your balance and traverse climbing elements.The Vultures View Climbing Tower provides you with three unique climbing opportunities that will take you more than 45’ in the air. Age, height, and weight restrictions do apply but vary for each feature.Learn More
With 8 races in total, some incredible terrain and multiple distances/categories this is a great addition to your training program or a fun way to challenge yourself to achieve a personal best.Learn More
Kelso Mountain Bike School
Kelso is excited to introduce its new Mountain Bike School.
The trails are calling your name. There’s no better time to learn than now.
Kelso’s team of MTB Instructors are here to introduce you to the trails, develop your skills, boost your confidence, guide you on epic rides, and help you become the rider you want to be!Learn More
Mountain Bike Race Series
Put the pedal to the metal and sign up for one of Ontario’s biggest Mountain Biking race series! There are 15 races filled with climbs and technical challenges.Learn More
Kelso boasts a variety of activities any time of the year, and the reservoir hosts a multitude of them. You can swim, canoe, or try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding during the warmer months of the year. For those who prefer to stay dry, enjoy a peaceful walk on the board walk around the reservoir.
Kelso Trails are now open for winter use! Hiking and biking are permitted on the marked 6.3km Winter Loop. No other trails will be maintained during winter, so please stay to the marked trail.
The The Winter Loop will open and close with the changes in weather, and status may change during the same day. Open / closed status is based 100% on trail conditions. Winter trails must be frozen and firm.
The access gate on Steeles Road will act as the open or closed notification. If it is closed, we ask all riders and hikers to please stay off the trails.
Regular gate admission applies.