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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April 17

Harmonious Creation: Art & Sound Therapy Workshop

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

1086 Burnhamthorpe Rd E, Oakville, ON L6H 7B2

Date & Time: Apr 17th. 6:30pm - 9:00pm Price: $50.00

Now thru December 31

Brant Eats

Brant Tourism

31 Mechanic St, Paris, ON N3L 1K1

For your enjoyment all-year round!

Now thru May 17

Ranjni Perera – Futures

1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L6

Exhibition Period: Feb 13th - May 17th

Now thru January 1

Woodland Cultural Centre – Self Guided Museum Tour

Woodland Cultural Centre

184 Mohawk Street, Brantford, ON, N3T 5V6

April 21

Downtown Oakville: Wellness Week 2024 – Free Class: Hot Sculpt

178 Lakeshore Rd E Oakville, ON L6J 1H6

Date & Time: Apr 21st Two Sessions Available - 12:00pm to 1:00pm and 6:00pm to...

Now thru May 20

Alex Jacobs-Blum – Living and Lost Connections

Art Gallery of Hamilton

123 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4S8

Exhibition Period: Feb 10th - May20th

Now thru December 7

Oakville Museum Guided Tour

Oakville Museum at Erchless Estate

8 Navy Street, Oakville, ON, L6J 2Y5

Tuesday to Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. General admission by donation (Suggested $7 per...

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...

Now thru December 31

Hamilton Civic Museums Virtual Tours

28 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1A1

Now thru June 30

MYndful Movement: Stretch, Gentle Yoga, Qigong, Mindfulness

Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre

1086 Burnhamthorpe Rd E, Oakville, ON L6H 7B2

Dates & Times: Every Thursday, 7:00pm to 8:00pm Class Costs: Drop-In: $20 6 class package:...

May 18 - 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 September 17

Datenight Painting for 2 at Studio K2

studio k2

The Cotton Factory, DyeWorks Building, 9 Landsdowne Avenue, Hamilton

Date & Time: Third Saturday every month, 7:00pm - 10:00pm Workshop Price: $135/couple +HST includes...

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