Lakes and Conservation Areas

Brampton is fortunate to have many wonderful natural places to walk, run, or just sit and ponder life. There are active parks, passive parks, conservation areas, forests, peaceful lakes and tranquil rivers throughout Brampton.

Heart Lake Conservation Area

10818 Heart Lake Road
TRCA
416-667-6295
www.trcaparks.ca
Map ID: 32

heartlakeThe dense forest surrounding the lake makes you feel like you're hours away from the city and you're right in the middle of it! Take a hike on more than eight kilometres of scenic nature trails. Look for native bird and plant species, enjoy a quiet walk in the park, or let the kids run and climb in the playground or splash in the new water play area. Book a group campsite for your Scouting, Guiding, or youth group. You can also reserve a private picnic site for a company barbecue, family reunion, or group function. Ask about the TRCA’s “Ultimate Picnic Packages”. Ample parking and washroom facilities are available.

Swimming: June to September. Lockers and washrooms available near the beach. Swimming area is unsupervised with no lifeguards on duty.

Wild Wetland Splash Pad

  • Clean and safe water fun for kids all ages
  • More than 30 wetland-themed water features
  • 550 person capacity
  • State-of-the-art water conservation technology
  • located in natural wilderness surroundings 

Claireville Conservation Area

Queen Street East (Highway 7) and Claireville
Conservation Road (west of The Gore Road)
TRCA
416-667-6295
www.trcaparks.ca
Map ID: 12 

clairsvillClaireville Conservation Area is a large, relatively dense forested retreat in the southeast corner of Brampton. Flowing through this historic conservation area is the West Humber River. In the early 1800s, this river powered the McVean Grist Mill, run by Alexander McVean who may have been the first settler in the Toronto Gore Township. The mill no longer remains, as it was destroyed by fire in 1850. But you can still see the remains of an open canal flume.

Claireville Conservation Area contains some significant heritage features for the City of Brampton. Claireville is a passive conservation area, preserving local wildlife and natural landscape.

This is an unsupervised conservation area with very limited parking. Hiking trails are not clearly marked and there are no interpretive signs. No washroom facilities are available.

Parking: To access the parking lot off Highway 7 (Queen Street), take Claireville Conservation Road. There is an additional parking lot on the east side of Highway 50 south of The Gore Road and north of Steeles Avenue.

 

Professor’s Lake 

1660 North Park Drive
Call for beach hours and boating information.
905-791-7751 or 905-874-2300
www.professorslake.com
Map ID: 55 

ProflakeBeach entrance fee:
$3.50 Adult (18 – 55)
$2.50 Youth (17 & under)
$2.50 Jr. Senior (56 – 69)
Free Senior (70+)
$7.50 Group of 4
Rentals: Paddleboats, Canoes and Kayaks available.

You and your family will have a marvelous time at Professor's Lake. Professor’s Lake is a luxurious, man-made, spring-fed lake spanning 26 hectares (65 acres). It features well-groomed sandy beaches and is used extensively for windsurfing, canoeing, sailing, paddle boating, and fishing. Only non-motorized boats are allowed on the water. Other lakeside pursuits include a waterslide, beach volleyball, playgrounds, and ice skating in the winter.

Professor’s Lake Trail features a scenic walking, cycling and inline-skating path that follows Brampton’s park system (see the Trails section for detail). Information signs are posted at various points along the trail.  There’s always something going on at Professor’s Lake. The Professor’s Lake Neighbourhood Recreational Advisory Committee (PLNRAC), a volunteer group of residents, organizes the famous annual summertime Professor’s Lake Beach Party.  You’ll find the Professor's Lake Recreation Centre on the south shore of the lake, where many fun events take place.


Loafer’s Lake

Heart Lake

30 Loafer’s Lake Lane
905-846-2370
Map ID: 79 
10818 Heart Lake Road
TRCA
416-667-6295
www.trcaparks.ca
Map ID: 32
Along Etobicoke Creek, you will find picturesque Loafer’s Lake. A popular place for relaxing and taking photographs, Loafer’s Lake is a great spot to start your walk along the Etobicoke Trail. Loafer’s Lake Recreation Centre, just beside the lake, offers parking and public washrooms. Spend a lazy day at the beach, swimming, canoeing or fishing.

Visit one of Brampton's many fishing locations.

Credit River, Etobicoke Creek, Humber and West Humber Rivers

Many rivers flow through Brampton, all heading south towards Lake Ontario. The Credit River and Etobicoke Creek flow through the west side of Brampton with the Humber and West Humber rivers flowing through the east.  Although the Etobicoke Creek is not officially a river, it is significant in the development of Brampton. It attracted early European settlement, and has environmental significance.

Thousands of years ago, Palaeolithic peoples used Brampton's rivers as transportation routes. Today, they are a tremendous asset to the landscape of Brampton. Brampton’s trail system follows our rivers, providing a wonderful environment for running, walking, or just taking in the calming sounds and scenery.