Paddling at RBG
See the marsh and its inhabitants from a new perspective! Join us for guided canoeing programs with “Paddling in Paradise,” or bring your own watercraft for a self-guided tour on the water.
Guided Canoe Programming
Paddling in Paradise
Guided Tours by Canoe
Come explore Cootes Paradise by canoe to get a glimpse of the astounding life that depends on the health of the marsh for its survival. Register for these guided tours to view wetland plants and wildlife, and hear about some of our restoration efforts that help keep Cootes a Paradise.
We supply the canoes, paddles and lifejackets, you bring your camera and binoculars!
Pre-Registration Required. Check rbg.ca/publicprograms for a list of all upcoming courses and workshops; summer paddling programming typically available for registration in early-May.
Private Canoe Tours
Private tour for groups 4 to 20
On this 3-hour UNESCO Biosphere Discovery Tour, guides explain the area’s unique natural history and there is opportunity to view wildlife and migratory birds that inhabit the Reserve.
Minimum group size of 4 to maximum of 20 per guide. Fee: $65 per person
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Canoe Launches for Self-Guided Paddling
For those with their own watercraft, RBG is home to two canoe launches: Princess Point along Cootes Paradise, and Valley Inn at Grindstone Creek. Seasonally, docks are also available to help land and portage around the Fishway.
- Paddling is prohibited in posted areas during the nesting season (May and June) to protect vulnerable wildlife.
- Motorized boats are prohibited at all times, except for RBG research purposes.
- Do not land your boats on the islands of Cootes Paradise; these are protected nature sanctuaries for birds and/or fragile plant species.
PLEASE NOTE: RBG does not offer canoe rentals. Please check with your local outdoor recreation store for rental options.
Support Conservation at RBG
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.
More Ways to Experience the Nature Sanctuaries
RBG’s nature sanctuaries feature more than 27 km of nature trails in Burlington & Hamilton.
Royal Botanical Gardens provides easy access to some of the most diverse birding in Ontario.
Princess Point provides access to a natural skating area across Cootes Paradise.