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Discovery at the Fishway

Accessible Event

Date & Time:

April - Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.


Fishway, Cootes Paradise


Discovery Activities & Tours, Drop In, Family-Friendly


At Your Leisure



Event Description

Discovery at the Fishway

Watch RBG ecologists at work as they assist migrating fish to their spawning grounds in Cootes Paradise Marsh! The Fishway is located at the outlet of Cootes Paradise Marsh, a short walk from Princess Point accessed along the Desjardins Trail.

2024 Lift Schedule
Operation lasts approximately 30 minutes

  • March: After ice out, Monday to Friday 2:30 p.m.
  • April: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • May and June: Monday to Friday 2:30 p.m.
  • July and August: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 2:30 p.m.
  • September to November: No pre-scheduled operations

2024 Weekend / Holiday Lift Schedule
Operation lasts approximately 30 minutes

  • Monday, April 1: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Easter Monday)
  • Sunday, April 7: 10 a.m. and 2p.m.
  • Sunday, April 21: 10 a.m. and 2p.m.
  • Sunday, May 5: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 26: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (World Fish Migration Day)
  • Sunday, June 16: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Father’s Day)

Note: The Fishway does not typically operate on statutory holidays unless noted or the Friday before a weekend lift.

The Fishway will not operate on:

  • Friday, March 29
  • Friday, April 5
  • Friday, April 19
  • Friday, May 3
  • Friday, May 24
  • Friday, June 14

Where is the Fishway?

The Fishway is located along the south-east side of Cootes Paradise (map below).

A map of the south-west corner of Cootes Paradise, showing Princess Point and the Fishway

  • RBG staff showing a fish in a large net to two fishway visitors on bikes
  • Fishway platform on the Cootes Paradise Marsh on a still day
  • Staff Sorting Fish At Fishway Credit
  • Staff Measuring Fish At Fishway Credit
  • fish going down the fishway chute
  • staff weighing a fish

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