weekend outdoor inspiration may 22, 2021

It’s another long weekend, so I’m going to post about the lesser known places to hike because it’s going to be so busy at the popular places. There are no reservations required at the places I’ve posted about, so go whenever the mood hits you! Here’s your OUTDOOR INSPIRATION MAY LONG WEEKEND EDITION!


Westfield Heritage Village – I cannot recommend this place enough, easy trails, geocaches, cute pioneer village, scavenger hunt (pick up at the info board when you get there), and most importantly – hardly anyone goes! No reservations required. Click here for more info

Fletchers Creek Ecological Preserve – 5km of trails through forest, field, marsh area, boardwalks, creek, pond. no reservations, more info here

Robert Edmondson Conservation Area – 2-3 km of trails and a reservoir, boardwalk, and in the spring the marshy area is covered in marigolds. No reservations! Find directions here

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.


Hamilton Conservation Area, Nature @ Home
From the HCA website “Looking for some fun, nature-based activities for home? Our environmental education staff have put together some resources for activities you can do at home, in your backyard, or during a walk in your neighbourhood.”

Royal Botanical Gardens
The lilacs are n bloom! This from the RBG website ~ It is shaping up to be a beautiful weekend! ☀ Planning to visit the Arboretum? Here’s what you need to know:
Timed-ticket parking is required for all vehicles until June 13.
Parking is $30 per vehicle and is redeemable at the Arboretum only. RBG Members are FREE. Book your visit here
‘Tickets’ are valid for one vehicle, regardless of number of passengers, and are redeemable at the Arboretum only.
Please arrive any time during your designated timeslot, and please keep your visit to a maximum of two hours.
Here is what you can do to make your visit safe:
Wear a mask when you cannot physically distance from others (especially on narrow trails)
Follow the directional signage and one-way paths on trails.
Be courteous to others and nature during your visit.
Further visiting information can be found at rbg.ca

The RBG is a great Virtual At Home learning resource. Lots of virtual learning opportunities, print outs, activities and games you can do in your own backyard. PLUS they’ve added courses like A Garden For Monarchs, and Growing Food At Home For Beginners, Click here for more info

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

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