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World Fish Migration Day at the Fishway

Date & Time:

Saturday May 21, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


The Fishway


Discovery Activities & Tours, Drop In, Family-Friendly, Outdoor Adventure


15 to 30 minutes


Free, Included with Membership

Event Description

Join us as we celebrate World Fish Migration Day! Park at Princess Point and walk along the Waterfront Trail to RBG’s 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 mouth of the Desjardins Canal – where Cootes Paradise Marsh flows into Hamilton Harbour. Its design keeps invasive Common Carp out of the marsh, but allows water and native fish to move between the two bodies of water. The Fishway is one of several remediation projects in place to restore the marsh to a healthy wetland community.

Since 1997, the Fishway has been protecting Cootes Paradise Marsh and connecting visitors to the hard to see life beneath the water. It is a vital tool to improving the health of the marsh, allowing further restoration initiatives to occur.

FREE to attend, on-site parking fees apply at Princess Point (parking free of charge with a member parking pass).

blue and red text reads world fish migration day, next to a blue circle outline with two red fish graphics

World Fish Migration Day is a one-day global celebration to create awareness of open rivers and migratory fish with the goal of connection, fish, rivers, and people. More information about World Fish Migration Day.

Where is the Fishway?

The Fishway is located at the outlet of Cootes Paradise Marsh, a short walk from Princess Point accessed along the Desjardins Trail.

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


Bass in a fish net

Fun Fish Facts

Follow the Fun Fact Signs along the Waterfront Trail to learn about the many interesting fish that call Cootes Paradise Marsh home.

RBG Staff At Fishway Showing Fish In Net To Visitors

Meet the Researcher

Meet the scientists behind the Fishway operation and hear their fish-tales from over the years.

Fishway lifts will be at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Fishway 2004

Discover the Fishway

Explore the slippery and finned friends that come through our grates into Cootes Paradise Marsh.

Boardwalk through a wetland at cootes paradise credit-markzelinski

Discover Wetlands

Dive deep into the important roles and functions a wetland plays in keeping our water clean.

2022 Lift Schedule

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

2022 Weekend / Holiday Lift Schedule

  • Sunday April 3: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Monday April 18: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Easter Monday)
  • Sunday May 8: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Mother’s Day)
  • Saturday May 21: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (World Fish Migration Day)
  • Sunday June 19: 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (Father’s Day)

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These conservation projects are possible thanks to the generous support of RBG Members and donors. With a donation to Growing up Green, you can ensure an active, vibrant and healthy future for the children of today and tomorrow through our horticultural and conservation projects.

Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) is the largest botanical garden in Canada, a National Historic Site, and registered charitable organization with a mandate to bring together people, plants and nature.