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On the Trails: August 2020

August 7, 2020

The next generation of life fills the sanctuaries, birds are numerous, new fish abound in the wetlands, and butterflies and dragonflies are on the wing. August wildflowers are highlighted by wetland species such as Lobelia siphilitica (Blue Lobelia), woodland species such as Helianthus strumosus (Woodland sunflower) and meadow species like Campanula americana (Tall Bellflower). Take a break from the summer heat at one of the many observation platforms overlooking the water. These lookouts provide views of our most spectacular areas including South Pasture Swamp, Spencer Creek Delta and Hopkins Wood Special Protection Areas. The Anishinaabe Waadiziwin Trail below the Nature Centre is a great addition to a relaxing trip to learn about indigenous use of plants and can also be found on Geotrail.

Many northern birds have begun their southern migrations, with waterfowl and shorebirds now appearing in Cootes Paradise and Grindstone Marsh. Associated trails and observation points are accessed through either the Cootes Paradise north shore (Arboretum) or Hendrie Valley. Herons of all kinds are also appearing to feast on this year’s bountiful supply of young fish – a result of the high-water levels this spring. Canoe launches can be found at Princess Point and Valley Inn.

Trail User Notes

  • The Bruce Trail remains closed, however the RBG section at Rock Chapel is open with restrictions due to locally wider trails at this access point
  • Please be aware ticks, including some ticks with Lyme Disease are found throughout the Hamilton Burlington Region. Protect yourself by staying on marked trails. RBG does not accept ticks for testing. For inquiries regarding ticks, please contact the City of Hamilton or Region of Halton Public Health

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RBG’s nature sanctuaries feature more than 27 km of nature trails! Find maps, guided hike schedule, and more.