Bronte Creek

Submitter & Author Information
Route submitted by: 
Bill Mungall
Trip Date : 
Additional Route Information
25 km
1 days
Loop Trip: 
Portage Information
No. of portages: 
Total Portage Distance: 
20 m
Longest Portage: 
20 m
Difficulty Ratings
River Travel: 
Background Trip Info
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Route Description
Access to Put-In Information: 

Accesses are highly accessible; the gorge is fairly inaccessible due to its depth of 150 feet plus.

Technical Guide: 

Exciting spring run, especially in the gorge section from No. 2 Sideroad of Burlington, thru Bronte Creek Provincial Park, down to Valhalla (Petro Canada) Park in Bronte (Oakville).

This is probably the most dramatic scenery in Southern Ontario...all the more amazing since lower third of route is in City...though its not evident on the trip.

Trip Journal/Log/Report/Diary: 

Put in at Lowville Park on Guelph Line in north Burlington. First 8 miles is swift in a pastoral valley. Short portage around a concrete weir in a kids camp. Good alternative put in at No. 4 Sideroad. Enters a spectacular red shale gorge at No. 2 sideroad but there is no parking on roadside here. No access to gorge for next 12km; gorge section is 15 km in length. Some sweepers...with 3-5 liftovers for these. No rapids over Class II. Alt. takeouts at Bronte Road just S. of QEW, at Valhalla Park off Bronte Road north of Rebecca St.(take out after seeing soccer fields through bushes on left bank)or continue 2 km further through marshy estuary and take out on right bank at Bronte Beach Park on Lake Ontario.

Maps Required
Topo Maps (1:50,000): 
Special Comments: 

Stay away during the flood...but is still good for several weeks during the spring and after any intense thunderstorms with say 2 inches of rain. Summer and fall flows generally too low to run. Stay sharp for sweepers encountered at speed and often with short sight lines.