weekend outdoor inspiration june 11, 2021

Happy weekend! A request for loop trails for this weeks post. It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend so I hope you find some inspiration to get outside!


Boardwalk Loop Trail, Crawford Lake Conservation Area, Milton ON The boardwalk loop trail is short (about 1.8km) and easy (it’s 90% boardwalk) but it’s beautiful! It starts at the visitor centre and goes all the way around Crawford Lake. If you’re still looking for more you can check out the Longhouse Village (a reconstructed Iroquoian village) or do the Hide & Seek Trail (large wooden carvings of species at risk). Reservations required, check here

Boardwalk Trail, Valens Lake Conservation Area
This hike is just over 4km and a loop trail. Perfect for families as it’s relatively flat, there’s a boardwalk that goes right across the lake, another one that goes through a marsh area, there’s a look-out/viewing platform, plus the trail leads you through a forest and part of the campground. This one is best to hit in the morning as it starts to get busy in the afternoon. My kids love this one and we head here a lot. Stroller Friendly. click here for more info

Quick reminder that if you’re thinking about going to Lowville you have to make a reservation for parking now. It’s free, but you have to reserve your spot. Click here


City of Burlington
Nelson and Mountainside Pool and Splash Parks will open today (June 12) for lap swimming and drop-in recreational swims, you must register 25-hours before your swim click here and fill out the pre-screening form one-hour before pool time here.

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

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.” More info here.

Royal Botanical Gardens
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 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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