Heart Lake Conservation Area Trail Plan

TRCA Staff are working to create a new trail plan for Heart Lake Conservation Area.

Heart Lake Staircase in 2014

About the Property

HLCA occupies 169 hectares in the Etobicoke Creek watershed, within the City of Brampton. Its diverse ecosystem includes two kettle lakes, the headwaters for Spring Creek, a wetland complex, one of the largest individual blocks of forest in the Etobicoke Creek watershed, and surficial geology of glacial till and river deposits. In addition, sections of the Heart Lake Provincially Significant Wetland Complex, the Heart Lake Woodlands Environmentally Significant Area, and the Heart Lake Forest and Bog Area of Natural and Scientific Interest are found in HLCA.

Trail Plan

After 10 years of operating and managing the trails based on the recommendations in the HLCA Master Plan, an update to the trail plan is required to respond to several challenges including:

  • Continued unauthorized access;
  • Established unauthorized trails;
  • Future community growth surrounding HLCA;
  • Negative feedback from community members regarding trail layout and orientation;
  • Requirements as part of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA);
  • New facilities within HLCA;
  • and Vandalism.

The information in this Operational Trail Plan is intended to guide the development and management of trails, access points, signage and related facilities in order to respond to these challenges and provide a better experience for trail users.

Stay tuned for an upcoming public meeting coming Fall, 2016.

Trail User Survey

Help TRCA provide you with the best possible trail experience by completing the Heart Lake Trail User Survey.

Public Resources

  • Draft plans and maps will be coming soon.


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Contact Information

Adam Dembe – Planner, Greenspace Conservation at adembe@trca.on.ca