World Fish Migration Day at the Fishway
Date & Time:
Saturday May 21, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Discovery Activities & Tours, Drop In, Family-Friendly, Outdoor Adventure
15 to 30 minutes
Free, Included with Membership
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.
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?
- Park at Princess Point (directions) OR take a Hamilton Transit bus to the Princess Point Loop stop
- Walk down the Desjardins Trail to the fishway (approximately 10 minute walk).
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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