The Burlington Heights Heritage Lands are centred on the geologic feature known as the Hamilton Bar, which is a bay mouth bar formed at the end of the last ice age. These lands are also part of Cootes Paradise and Grindstone Creek Escarpment Valley ESAs. Military events with early European settlement of the area and the influence of Thomas McQueston in shaping this entrance to the City of Hamilton are important cultural events associated with this area.
Dundurn Castle, High Level Bridge, Rock Garden and Laking Garden are cultural tourist features. The inter-regional trail follows the Hamilton Waterfront Trail.
The numbers of each of the natural areas below correspond to Map 7 from the Cootes to Escarpment Park System Conservation and Land Management Strategy (Phase II report).
MAIN FEATURES: Grindstone Creek estuary marsh, Cootes Paradise ESA, species at risk habitat, Important Amphibian and Reptile Area (IMPARA). Urban location.
POSSIBLE FUTURE DIRECTION: Moderate activity area with secondary level access.
Valley Inn Road is now closed and will be incorporated into the Hamilton Waterfront Trail portion of the Lake Ontario Water- front Trail. Parking. Inter-regional trail and trail for mobility challenged to be implemented. Restricted motor boat access into Carroll’s Bay marsh area. Habitat restoration required.
MAIN FEATURES: Horticultural gardens and lookouts of Cootes Paradise, Carroll’s Bay and Hamilton Harbour. Urban location. Hamilton Bar features prairie habitat remnants.
POSSIBLE FUTURE DIRECTION: Moderate activity area with transit-supported access linking waterfront trail, Dundurn Castle and Royal Botanical Gardens. Parking. Habitat restoration of lost prairie habitat.
Interpretation of geology, cultural history and influence of Thomas McQueston.
MAIN FEATURES: Dundurn Castle, national historic site. Urban location.
POSSIBLE FUTURE DIRECTION: Moderate activity area providing main access to Park System. Parking, transit supported. Cootes to Escarpment information and map required.
Interpretation of the life of Sir Allan Napier MacNab, military and architectural history to continue.