Half Moon Valley Trail

This 2km walk inside Bronte Creek Provincial Park takes you down the valley and looks at the history of the area.

Half Moon Valley Trail

Oakville, Ontario L6M, Canada

Created By: Bronte Creek Provincail Park

Tour Information

Located inside Bronte Creek Provincail Park (regular day use fees apply) the Half Moon Valley Trail is two kilometres in length and takes approximately one hour to complete at a relaxed walking speed. Please be aware that this trail descends 38 metres (125 feet) into the creek valley, creating some steep slopes. This trail may be challenging for young children or elderly people. It is not suitable for rollerblading and bicycles are not permitted on this trail.

Along the Half Moon Valley Trail we will look at the role the this area plays in linking park visitors to the history that happened here.


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What You'll See on the Tour

Half Moon Valley Trail is two kilometres in length and takes approximately one hour to complete at a relaxed walking speed.  Please be aware that this trail descends 38 metres (125 feet) into the creek valley, creating some steep slopes. ... Read more
Approximately 15000 years ago this area was covered by a sheet of ice 2km thick, which stretched from the southern shore of the great lakes to the high Canadian Arctic.  This ice sheet was part of the last ice age and is now referred to as... Read more
The area you are now standing on was the previous delta of Bronte Creek as it entered the glacial Lake Iroquois, an ancestor of Lake Ontario.   Lake Iroquois had a much higher water level then Lake Ontario has today.  At some unknown poi... Read more
The local bedrock is made of a sedimentary rock called Queenston Shale.  When this rock is exposed and weathered it changes to a red clay.  The Queenston Shale of the Half Moon Valley has been exposed during the creation of the terraces, ... Read more
You are now standing in an area that was once part of the creek bottom.  This ½ moon shaped valley was carved out when the water levels were higher, since then the creek has found a new path leaving this wet, low lying area.  Because thi... Read more
This meadow in front of you is an excellent example of natural succession.  Natural succession is a process that gradually changes  bare ground to a mature forest.  This is occurring in the meadow because at some point the vegetation and... Read more
Timber!           The water of Bronte Creek played an important role in the establishment of early industries.  Just like the accessibility of the clay resource in the ravine for the brick making, having a mature forest close to ... Read more
Another major natural resource of the area was the fisheries of Bronte Creek.  Salmon, trout and cisco herring where listed as being plentiful up until the mid 1800’s.  From the days of the First Nation Peoples to today the Creek has be... Read more
After that steep climb you will need to take a well deserved rest at this lovely lookout platform. Look at the types of trees around you and then compare them to those across the ravine . . . do you see a difference?  The influences of sun... Read more
Personally this is one of our most favorite aspects of Bronte Creek. Directly below where you are standing is a deep and completely buried ravine.  This ravine was created by a river of the same size, flowing in the same direction that Bro... Read more
This dead tree, an Eastern White Pine, links us to the more recent logging history of the area.  Note the broken branches on the trunk that extend almost all the way to the base of the trunk.   The thickness of these branches is proof th... Read more
We hope you enjoyed walking the Half Moon Valley Trail and the Audio-trail guide.  This trail links us to the history of Bronte Creek in many ways.  It demonstrates the creation of the river valley from the time of the ice age, as well as... Read more

 

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