Crawford Lake Conservation Area

Arial view of Lake
Arial view of area

The waters of Crawford Lake have drawn people to its shores for hundreds of years. The rare lake is nestled in lush forests atop the Niagara Escarpment where visitors can watch soaring turkey vultures glide through the Canyon. You can even step back in time and explore the 15th century Iroquoian Village that has been reconstructed on its original site. In the rustic longhouses there are tools, animals hides and the smell of smoke to let you experience the life and times of Ontario’s First Peoples.

The Crawford Lake Conservation Area has spectacular hiking trails and a visitor centre with unique gift shop, café, theatre and an exhibit on the natural and cultural treasures of this fascinating conservation area. Picnic tables are available near the visitor centre and adjacent to the Iroquoian village and upper parking lot. This Niagara Escarpment park has great hiking trails, a boardwalk surrounding a glacial lake, and a reconstructed native village.

Escarpment lookout
Escarpment trail lookout

Park Facts


  • 219 hectare park established in 1969 on the Niagara Escarpment in Milton

  • Regionally Environmentally Sensitive Area

  • Provincial Area of Natural and Scientific Interest

  • World Biosphere Reserve as part of Niagara Escarpment

  • Rare meromictic lake

Adventure Activities and Facilities

  • 15th century reconstructed Iroquoian Village and heritage site
  • Nassagaweya Canyon Interpretive Lookout
  • 16 km. of hiking and cross country ski trails with connections to Bruce Trail
  • Elevated boardwalk with interpretation stations surrounding Crawford Lake
  • Education programs and exhibits
  • Visitor Centre, cafe and gift shop with native crafts, birdfeeders, guidebooks and jewelry.
Lake lookout
Crawford Lake lookout