On The Trails Highlights
Spring has arrived and our 31 trails are packed with natural wonders to enjoy. Highlights include the Cootes Paradise Fishway, migratory birds and the first of the forest wildflowers (spring ephemerals) coming into bloom.
Raptors are now arriving with excellent views available from the George North Tower (Cootes Paradise via the Arboretum). The Bald Eagles are nesting using a newly created nest and are incubating eggs generally out of view – a long site line of the nest is available looking north from the Marsh Boardwalk (also Cootes Paradise via the Arboretum), with nest located a top a tall pine tree in the Spencer Creek Delta Special Protection Area.
In its 20th year The Cootes Paradise Fishway, located near Princess Point, began full operation on April 1st. Early season migrations include perch, pike and trout, returning from their lake side homes to spawn in the shallows of Cootes Paradise Marsh and Spencer Creek. The Fishway is open to public during the scheduled operation times, and special school tours can be booked through the RBG Nature Centre during alternate times.
Enjoy spring with one of the many public programs for Programs for kids or adults, with field ID pocket guides available at the RBG Shop, and great lunch time dining available at the RBG Centre restaurant. If you’re looking for a guided walk try the WIN walk in Hendrie Valley, or one of our weekly free Sunday Back to Nature walks also listed in our public programs calendar. Walks rotate between four locations, one for each week of the month and are provided by RBG volunteers.
Trail User Notes: All trails and parking lots are open
There are five main trailhead locations, Princess Point, Westdale, the Arboretum, Cherry Hill Gate, and Rock Chapel, as well as two canoe launch sites (Princess Point & Valley Inn). These lead to 27km of trails within the sanctuaries as well as links to multiple other regional trails. A fee of $1/hour is required at all trailheads and $3/hour at the Arboretum, excluding special events. An RBG membership provides free parking at the trailheads.