Lions Valley Park – A peaceful spot in the middle of Oakville
If you’re like us, any place that can entertain your kids for a good amount of time and is FREE, scores big points on the must-do list!
Lions Valley Park in Oakville is indeed free and you will find a playground, a creek, stroller friendly walking trails, a nice pedestrian bridge, frogs, birds, picnic areas and fishing.
This park is often referred to as ‘Oakville’s best kept secret’. Wanna take a sneak peak?
Here’s a short 23 second clip that was intended to show you a bit of the scenery near the creek. Instead;
This video perfectly sums up what every.single.outing.ever. is like with a toddler or preschooler… Ever!
Sixteen Mile Creek Trails
Despite the park’s list of features, our kids weren’t (initially) enthusiastic about any of it (more on that later)!
Lions Valley Park is located at Dundas St. W. and Lions Valley Park Rd (although it stretches down to Upper Middle and their are various entrances).
The trails in this park are part of the Sixteen Mile Creek trail system. You can find some additional trail info on the Town of Oakville website. http://www.oakville.ca/culturerec/sixteen-mile-creek-trail.html.
There are a number of ways to get on to these trails. We chose to start at the parking lot on Lions Valley Park Rd and Dundas St. W. The parking lot is directly underneath the Dundas St. bridge.
From the parking lot, there are a few different trails. There is a map in the parking lot outlining the different options.
Most normal humans would have read those maps before heading out.
Unfortunately we weren’t those people…..
Instead, we ended up lugging our kids around in all different directions in the 35 degree heat, asking passersby for directions and info.
First we went north of Dundas (if facing the playground, turn right after the footbridge) – it’s pretty, but mostly an open field area. There is a nice playground, a small shelter, and some large trees with picnic tables and room for people to play sports. But we were informed that this path was a dead end.
Our second attempt led us on an uphill path that was definitely the type of hiking conditions we like – tree covered, surrounded by plants, flowers, scurrying rodents of a various nature. But a fellow hiker informed us that this path was a dead end at Fourth Line as well.
Inner Valley Trail
So back down to the parking lot we went to look at the trail maps. At this point our kids were heading for melt-down city. To prevent you from this same fate – here are some pics of the trail maps.
We chose to follow the red line trail – Inner Valley Trail. This trail starts on the same side as the parking lot (don’t cross over the bridge to the playground) on the side of the parking lot closest to the road.
This trail wasn’t as shade covered as we like, but it had some pretty spots and it was a nice easy walk. You will have the chance to see frogs and birds and hear the relaxing sounds of the creek.
At this point the 35 degree heat was getting to us and the kids wanted to go back to the car.
So we unleashed the kids into Sixteen Mile Creek – and they loved it! There is a shallow entrance way with a ‘barge’ with lots of rocks where the water is only about ankle deep. Now the kids started to have fun…
The playground was decent and kept the kiddos occupied – no shade of course (desperately seeking shaded playground areas if anyone has any leads contact me :). There are some shaded areas around the edge of the playground to put a blanket down and watch the kids. There were swings, climbing structures, a ‘zipline’ thing etc.
There are also a few large trees nearby with picnic tables that look like a great spot for a kid’s birthday party.
Lions Valley Park – a fun activity for the whole family
Despite our rocky start, we ended up liking this place. This park is free and close to home, two things that are always a big plus for us! The kids really enjoyed the creek and the playground. It is very peaceful, and surprisingly you can’t hear the traffic from above.
This trail wasn’t the shaded, forested hiking that we were seeking (although we were only on a small portion of the trail). However, we would return to Lions Valley Park.
Have you been to this park? Do you have any information on the other parts of these trails? Please let me know!
Lions Valley Park – good to know info
- There are warning signs for Giant Hog Week and Poison Ivy (but only if you go off the main trails)