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Current seasonal hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Some events are included in your general admission / membership, while others require separate ticketing or registration. Click the activity you are interested in for more details.

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20th Anniversary of the Fishway

Saturday, August 26, 2017 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Saturday August 26

20th Anniversary of the Fishway

11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Princess Point

Join RBG biologists and staff to and celebrate the Great Lakes’ first two-way Fishway and carp barrier. Since 1997, the Fishway has been keeping invasive non-native carp out of Cootes Paradise while maintaining the flow of water and populations of native aquatic species. Join in the festivities as we celebrate this unique restoration project’s 20th anniversary!


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Hourly - 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00; Princess Point Loop

Guided Marsh Walk n’ Talk

Join an Interpreter to hear all about Cootes Paradise Marsh restoration projects, ecological successes, and current efforts underway.


11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Princess Point Loop

Self-Guided RestoreFacts

Follow the RestoreFacts signs around the Princess Point Loop to learn about the many restoration projects and their current status at Cootes Paradise Marsh.


11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Fishway

Meet the Researcher

Meet the scientists behind the Fishway operation and hear their fish-tales from over the years.
Fishway lifts will be conducted every 30 minutes.


11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Fishway

Discover the Fishway

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


11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Princess Point

Turtles on the Move

Did you know seven of Ontario’s eight turtle species are at risk?! Come learn how RBG is working hard to protect the turtles that call RBG home.


11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Princess Point


We all know we can’t live without water, but what is life like inside of a drop of water? Explore the tiny creatures that live in the water and in the important role they play!


11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; Princess Point

Food and Beverage

Grab some delicious food from these food trucks. Gorilla Cheese, King Cone and Green Machine!


Kids Zone

There is so much fun stuff to do in the Kids Zone! Try out some fun games and make your own craft!

Location: Princess Point
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