On The Trails Highlights
Spring is in the air, and the calls of chickadees, cardinals and blackbirds can be heard throughout the nature sanctuaries. The warmer winter has left Cootes Paradise without ice to start the month, and with the warm forecast the Fishway at is anticipated to open early.
Explore and learn with one of the many programs for kids or adults. Field ID pocket guides are available at the RBG Shop, and great lunch time dining is available at the RBG Centre Greenhouse Cafe. 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: Rock Chapel parking lot is closed and will reopen for the season on March 17th, weather permitting. The Captain Cootes Trail below the Nature Centre will be periodically closed for renovations throughout March.
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. The machines do not provide change and accept cash only. An RBG membership provides free parking at the trailheads.