Because it’s the long weekend and the parks are predicting a BUSY weekend, and especially because we are in lockdown again 😐 I’m taking a different approach to the WEEKEND OUTDOOR INSPIRATION post!
I’m going to list the lesser known and less busy places to hike. Please post below if you have any recommendations!
Westfield Heritage Village – 8km of trails plus the replica historic pioneer village. Plus they’re having a Covid friendly easter egg hunt through the trails on Easter Sunday
Fletchers Creek Ecological Preserve – 5km of trails through forest, field, marsh area, boardwalks, creek, pond.
Robert Edmondson Conservation Area – 2-3 km of trails and a reservoir, boardwalk, and in the spring the marshy area is covered in marigolds
Bruce Trail, Fishers Pond – access from Guelph Line (roadside parking just north of Hwy 5) OR park on Highview Dr (off Cedar Sprngs Rd) for access to this part of the trail.
Bronte Creek PP Bronte Creek has cancelled their maple syrup event due to the lockdown, but they have posted a great list of things you can do at the park instead! Things to do in March and April: 1. Watch for migratory birds to return: Turkey Vultures, Red-Winged Blackbirds, Eastern Bluebirds 2. GPS tour – Adventure Lab 3. Walk the Trillium Trail – look for sprouts of spring wildflowers. 4. Swing, slide and climb on the outdoor play equipment 5. Visit the animals in the barns at our 2 farms. 6. Climb the lookout hill to enjoy the view 7. Sit and enjoy the sunshine and breeze. 8. Visit the big Oak tree by parking lot A 9. Log your nature sightings on Inaturalist. 10. Visit the pond along the Maidens Blush Trail.
Westfield Heritage Village easter egg hunt through the trails
Treetop Trekking, Binbrook CA, Hamilton Treetop Trekking is open for the season! Zipline, aerial games, treewalk village, discovery kids courses, GPS rally. This place is full of so much fun from kids to adults.
City of Burlington The City of Burlington has launched a new Spring Challenge, called Spring Into Health. Two week challenges (designed to get families moving) for teams of 2 households to work together to win prizes. Challenges are issued every day, running in two week segments from March 14 to May 29. Check it out here
Sugarbush Season, Mountsberg Conservation Area, Milton ON Sugarbush season starts on March 6 and runs until April 5. You can check out the Maple Maze, Maple Trivia Trail, Historical Sites, Birds of Prey, Natural Playground and Fireside Lounges all for your regular admission price. As usual reservations are required. Mountsberg is also offering small, reserved tours. During the 1 hour tour you will get a lesson on tree ID and tapping, a guided journey through the sugarbush, tree cookie branding and syrup tasting flight. This is offered Thursdays to Sundays (& holidays) There is an added cost for the reserved tours and you can find pricing here If you are making a reservation for the self guided experience make sure you chose ‘member’ or ‘non member’ under the Visitor Type on the reservation page so you are not charged the extra fee.If you want to make a reservation for the guided tour (extra cost) make sure to chose ‘guided tour’ when reserving.
Royal Botanical Gardens The RBG has started up their Oaks & Acorns Nature Play program for 2-5 year olds. The program entirely outdoors that includes nature walks, storytelling, imaginative and loose parts play, and hands-on discovery. Starts March 15. Register here
And finally don’t forget about Active Parents great list of playgrounds in the Hamilton-Halton area