You may have read in my first post, or even here, that I really hate packing up all the gear needed for 2 kids, driving all the way to wherever, and then ….it’s a let down. It was the main reason for starting this blog!
Well, Valens Lake Beach is the perfect example of a place that I’ve heard of a number of times, but due to lack of concrete reviews and info, I decided it wasn’t worth the trouble to take a chance.
It’s only about a 40 minute drive from Oakville, and the kids were craving a beach and rain was supposed to hold off for 4 hours….so we decided to take a chance and give it a go!
Valens Lake Conservation Area is located in Flamborough, ON and is part of the Hamilton Conservation Authority. There is a beach, canoe rentals, swimming, fishing, trails and camping.
The reason for our visit was the beach and the trails. You can google reviews for Valens Lake, but they mostly focus on camping, with only brief mentions of the beach.
Depending on what I read, the beach was either a hidden oasis or so bad that I will need to take a shower immediately upon one toe touching the water…..
Valens Lake Beach
It was nice….but…(more on that in a minute).
First the pros – the beach area was very relaxing with lots of trees and shade and lots of room for the kids to wander and explore.
The water was ‘Canadian-warm’, you adjust-ish after a few minutes. This is a man-made lake so the water gets cloudy when you move around, but it wasn’t polluted. I saw lots of kids and parents swimming here. I waded into the water a bit but I personally like to swim in water that isn’t as cloudy – you just never know when lake-sharks will surface, and I want to be prepared 😉