Nestled between Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment, Royal Botanical Gardens’ Cootes Paradise is currently undergoing an extensive recovery process in an attempt to return the water to its natural marsh state. Cootes offers nature lovers access to a 320-hectare river-mouth marsh, glacial plateaus, 16 creeks and 25 kilometres of shoreline through its 18-kilometre trail system. The Marsh Boardwalk provides access to the Spencer Creek Delta, one of the largest creek deltas on Lake Ontario.

Look closely and you’ll also discover some feathered residents — Cootes Paradise is a nationally designated Important Bird Area (IBA) that is home to hundreds of species of birds during their spring and autumn migrations, including the Least Bittern, Hooded Warbler, White Pelican, Caspian Tern, Black-crowned Night-Heron, Osprey, Pileated Woodpecker, and the Prothonotary Warbler. A pair of nesting Bald Eagles has stolen the show in recent years, however, with the claim of being the first on Lake Ontario in more than 40 years.

One of the best ways to explore Cootes Paradise is by canoe, allowing a glimpse of the astounding life that depends on the health of the marsh for its survival. Paddlers can make use of the canoe launch located at Princess Point and will be treated to the sights of turtles, birds, swans, geese, ducks and even deer sightings as they paddle through the quiet water. If you’d prefer to make a splash on a guided experience, RBG offers two programs for those who are looking to give paddling a try. Morning, evening and moonlight “Paddle in Paradise” guided tours give participants a view of wetland plants and wildlife and the chance to learn about the restoration efforts that help keep Cootes a Paradise. The three-hour “Scenic Canoe Tour”is a quintessential Great Lakes Canadian paddling experience. RBG supplies the canoes, paddles and lifejackets, so all you need to bring is your camera and binoculars.

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July 4 - August 29

Paddling in Paradise: Summer Canoe Tours

Royal Botanical Gardens

16 Old Guelph Road, Waterdown, ON, Canada

Dates and Times: Jul 4th - 6pm, Jul 13th - 9am, Jul 18th - 6pm,...

Now thru October 20

Sound Bath Meditation Experience

Staycation Beach and Boat Rentals Inc.

Beachway Park, 1100 Lakeshore Rd, Burlington

Dates: Multiple days throughout the summer Price: Single Pass - $69.95, 3 Pass - $180,...

Now thru October 13

On The Water with Six Nations Tourism

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON, N0A 1M0

Season Dates: May 18th to Oct 13th Length: 3 hours. All tours must be booked...

Now thru August 31

Explore Halton Hills this Summer with the Sticker Map Program!

Halton Hills Tourism

1 Halton Hills Drive, Halton Hills, Georgetown, ON L7G 5G2

Dates: Jun 1st to Aug 31st

June 26 - October 2

Bronte Historical Society Walk & Talk History

Bronte Village BIA

Sovereign House, 7 West River Street, Oakville

Dates: Jun 26th, Jul 10th, Jul 24th, Aug 7th, Aug 21st, Sep 4th, Sep 18th,...

Now thru October 2

New Moon Beach Yoga

Ontario Staycation Adventures

1100 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington, ON L7S 1A7, Canada

Dates and Times: May 7th, Jun 6th, Jul 5th, Aug 4th, Sept 2nd, Oct 2nd...

Now thru August 24

Worlds of the Night – Exhibition at Joseph Brant Museum

Joseph Brant Museum

1240 North Shore Boulevard East, Burlington, ON, L7S 1C5

Date & Times: Tuesday - Friday, 10:00AM - 4:00PM, included in the cost of regular...

July 13 - August 18

Pick Your Own Blueberries at Northfield Blueberries

Northfield Blueberries

101 Middle Townline Rd, Scotland, ON N0E 1R0

Picking Season: mid-Jul to mid-Aug Call ahead to check picking conditions!

Now thru October 13

Where Cultures Meet: Six Nations of the Grand River

Six Nations Tourism

2498 Chiefswood Road, Ohsweken, ON N0A 1M0

Season Dates: May 18th to Oct 13th $70.00/person for a group of less than 20;...

Now thru December 31

Road to the Ridge: Taste of the Escarpment

Tasty Road Trips Food Tours

Paris, Ontario

Tour Details: This tour is a 4.5 hour all-inclusive self-guided tour with all food, sips,...

Now thru December 31

‘To Market We Go’ – Brantford & Brant

Tasty Road Trips Food Tours

Paris, Ontario

Tour Details: This Tasty Road Trips Tour is a full-day trip experience with a customized...

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