Skating on Cootes Paradise
Skating has finished for the season. Check back for updates next season.
Princess Point provides access to a skating area across Cootes Paradise. Ice is measured each Friday (before end of day), and updated at the on-site signage, here, and on our Facebook page. Please note: weather changes quickly, and so upon arrival the ice may not be in the same condition as listed. Please use caution, take time to read the signage, and follow the listed guidelines.
Safe skating conditions for groups requires thickness of about 4 in (10cm).
Parking for Princess Point is available in the lot at 335 Longwood Road, Hamilton. Additional parking is available at Coronation Arena, located at 81 Macklin St N.
Due to an overwhelming volume of parking and pedestrian traffic at Princess Point parking facilities will be staffed by Royal Botanical Gardens representatives for the month of February. Staff will control parking lot access, monitor capacity and close the lot when it has reached capacity.
Staff will be on site between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., 7 days a week. Regular metered parking fees ($3 per hour) apply. Meters accept coin and credit card payment. Parking is FREE to RBG members displaying their parking pass.
Safety, Conservation, & Visiting Tips
- Check the ice status before visiting. Natural Lands staff monitor ice thickness, and post information at the on-site sign at Princess Point (and in the section above) when the ice reaches a safe depth of 10cm/4”. Unless it is marked safe to do so, stay off the ice.
- Make note of unsafe areas. Locations of water current have thin ice. This includes creek mouths and next to the Fishway. These areas are indicated on the skating map.
- Stay off the banks. Treated with respect, the marsh is a great place for winter recreation, and a local winter tradition. Treating the area with respect includes staying off the islands and the shoreline banks along the wetland edge. The dry silty banks erode easily, even in winter. Belted Kingfishers and Bank Swallows tunnel into these slopes to nest each summer, but winter visitors can cause the slopes to collapse.
- Liability. Persons using this area do so at their own risk. The signage is for information purposes only. Royal Botanical Gardens assumes no responsibility for loss of, or damage to property, personal injury or mishap, all activities are at the risk of the participant. Our parking lots are not monitored, please do not leave any valuables in your car.
- Bring a shovel! This is a natural space, and not maintained for perfect skating conditions. Consider the ice surface may be rough, or snow-covered, and plan accordingly.
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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.
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