weekend outdoor inspiration june 4, 2021

Posting a little earlier than normal because Friday is a PA day in Hamilton and Halton. You might need some extra ideas for getting outside so here’s your WEEKEND OUTDOOR INSPIRATION! Please let me know what you get up to this weekend in the comments.


Grindstone Marshes Trail, Royal Botanical Gardens
This is an out and back trail and is approximately 3km long. On this trail you will see Lake Ontario, Grindstone Creek and marsh areas. Easy trail for all levels. Parking at the end of Spring Garden Rd or at the other end Cherry Hill Gate off Plains Rd

Lowville Park Loop, Lowville ON
This hike is short and easy perfect for little ones, it’s also stroller friendly. It’s a little less than 2km. Features a creek (Bronte Creek) to play in, plus a large playground and free parking. It’s one of my kids favourites. Guelph Line and Lowville Park Rd


Burlington Public Library and The City of Burlington are bringing you more StoryWalks. The latest instalments are at Tansley Woods (Giraffe & Bird) and Francis Road Bikeway (Families Love Each Other. The pages of a book are posted along the trail so you can read as you go. Move from sign to sign to read the story and see what happens next. A great way to keep your kids busy outdoors. You can also find them at Central Park & Sherwood Forest. For more info click here

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

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.” Click here for more info

Royal Botanical Gardens
From the RBG website ☀ Iris & Peonies at Laking Garden Time-ticketed parking is required. Time to celebrate warm weather with a riot of colour at Laking Garden, because RBG’s Iris and Peony collections are entering peak bloom! Marvel at our award-winning irises and surround yourself with the beautifully-sweet scent of herbaceous peonies. A hidden paradise, Laking Garden offers a stunning spring escape with more to explore. Parking is $20 per vehicle and free for RBG members.  Open 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.. Final admission of the day is 7 p.m.
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 here.

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

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