Have you heard of Dundas Valley Conservation Area? Nor had we until Cierra and Matt suggested it to us for their engagement shoot photos! It always surprises us how many amazing and cool spots there in Ontario, not too far from Toronto, that are just perfect for an engagement shoot.
Dundas Valley Conservation Area is located in the Niagara Escarpment in Dundas, Ontario, and it has a little bit of everything to make the perfect engagement session. We started Cierra and Matt’s engagement shoot at the railway tracks, which sit right next to a Victorian railway station, and featured some antique coach and baggage railway cars. We could have easily do an entire engagement shoot right there as the train tracks, the cars, and the station make for an awesome playground for wedding photographers, but we wanted to keep exploring!
From the train tracks, we entered the forest area of Dundas Valley Conservation Area, and it felt like we entered an enchanted forest! The light that broke through the trees created beautiful shadows and shimmered through the leaves. We were also very lucky with the weather leading up to the shoot as the forest floor was covered in little blue and white flowers, which don’t bloom for too long. We were all in absolute awe! As we continued, we came across a little spring, which I think may be the sulphur spring that lead to the opening of the Sulphur Spring Hotel that was a very popular tourist spot in the late 1800s. How cool! While the hotel is no longer there, we came across the ruins of The Hermitage, a stone mansion that had also been built in the 1800s but then was destroyed in a fire. While not much of the mansion remains, we had so much fun shooting around the remains, and playing with lights and shadows around the ruins of The Hermitage. Cierra and Matt, thank you so much for your patience and braving it despite all the mosquitos! We had a blast!