Read Jeff's story below and be inspired to make your next trip to Valens Lake Conservation Area!
We go to Valens all year round, and just love it. It is like being in Algonquin Park. When we stay overnight camping, it feels like we are in a different place, far from our home in Hamilton. In fact my wife commutes to work in Burlington from our site. Our children are reacquainted with nature, and you can be put to sleep listening to the coyotes howling along with the many night birds and frogs. Looking around at night at other campfires and hearing all the night sounds makes it tough to believe we are in Hamilton!
Scientifically, four hours walking the beautiful trails in Valens gives you ten days worth of feeling of well being!
You can also bring or rent a boat and float around and fish on the lake. No motors.
We have been going for years and always get our annual membership, so that we can go anytime we want! It is a great way to get the kids interested in nature (their electronics get shut off at the gate). We have seen myriad frogs and butterflies, hawks and many other birds including owls, turtles, racoons, and deer there. Being there stretches the day into another of many treasured Valens memories.
We feel ownership in a way, regarding Valens. There is a big field where kids gather and play and a nice quiet beach. Most highly recommended!