weekend outdoor inspiration july 9, 2021

The summer has officially started and there a LOT of outdoor events going on! Check them all out here with the WEEKEND OUTDOOR INSPIRATION and don’t forget to let us know in the comments of any I’ve missed!


All of Ontario
Last weekend for Free Family Fishing, meaning you do not need a license to fish anywhere in Ontario, July 3 to July 11, 2021

City of Hamilton, Summer Supie Program
July 5 to August 27, 2021. This is one of the best programs ever. Very fond memories from my childhood at local parks hanging out with the supie’s. Find a participating neighbourhood park in Hamilton and a supie will have activities for kids. All free. Activity blocks are 45 minutes long and led at 11:30 am, 1 pm, and 2:30 pm. Get more info here

Halton Conservation
Private MTB lessons: Kelso, Jun 18th – Oct 2nd 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Boat Rentals: Kelso, Jun 19th – Sep 6th 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Eagle Eye Archery: Kelso, learn, develop, perfect the skill, Jun 19th – Oct 17th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Kelso Challenge Course: Kelso, Escarpment Walk Aerial Course and the Vultures View Climbing Tower. Saturdays and Sundays only, Jun 19th – Oct 17th 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Hawk Walk: Mountsberg, Meet a hawk up close, hold one on your arm and even watch one released, fly overhead and return to the group. Jun 25th – Sep 6th
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Farmers & Friends: Mountsberg, meet and greet with some of Mountsberg’s barnyard friends! Join barn staff to learn about what the animals eat and how we care for them. Jun 25th – Sep 6th 9:30 am – 1:00 pm
Talons & Tailfeathers: Mountsberg, Join Raptor Centre staff in the Flyway to learn about the special features of raptors, what they eat, and how we care for them Jun 25th – Sep 6th 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Kelso Beach: Kelso, Kelso beach is open but you must make reservations, Jun 26th – Sep 6th 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
MTB Race Series: Kelso, every Tuesday night, Jun 29th – Aug 31st 5:22 pm – 5:22 pm
Early Birder: Area 8, learn about and identify all of the unique bird species that call this unique ecosystem home. Ages 8 & up, Jul 2nd – Sep 26th 7:30 am – 10:00 am
Slither & Crawl: Mountsberg, go on a quest to find and learn about some of our favourite forest friends, Jul 2nd – Sep 6th 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Mysteries of the Lake: Crawford Lake, Jul 2nd – Sep 6th 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Song & Sight: Birding 101: Mountsberg, Jul 2nd – Sep 6th 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Birding 101: Area 8, Jul 2nd – Sep 26th 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Meet Area 8!: Area 8, Decades of restoration work have brought this former Quarry back to life! Jul 2nd – Sep 26th 10:30 am – 3:30 pm
Hives & Honeycomb: Mountsberg, Join our beekeeper to get a glimpse into life inside the hive, learn about the different roles of the bees, and why they are so important to our environment. Jul 3rd – Aug 22nd 10:30 am – 2:30 pm
Yoga in the Park: Kelso, every Tuesday and Thursday, Jul 6th – Sep 24th 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Rise & Shine Yoga: Area 8, Saturday Mornings, Jul 10th – Aug 28th 8:00 am – 9:00 am
Evening Calm Yoga: Area 8, Sunday Evenings, Jul 11th – Aug 29th 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Stand Up Paddleboard Yoga: Kelso, Jul 17th – Sep 11th 8:45 am – 10:00 am

You can find all the info for all of the events at Halton Conservation here

Bronte Creek Provincial Park: Don’t forget Bronte Creek (and all Provincial Parks) are offering free day use Monday to Thursday until September. So here’s some suggestions on what you can do from the Bronte Creek staff. Also – check out my reviews of all the trails at Bronte here

Things to do:

  1. Camp overnight in our campground off Bronte Road.
  2. Play a round of disc golf.
  3. Follow our GPS tour – Adventure Lab.
  4. Climb the lookout hill to enjoy the view.
  5. Sit and enjoy the sunshine and breeze.
  6. Visit the big Oak tree by parking lot A
  7. Log your nature sightings on INaturalist.
  8. Find all 3 silos.
  9. Kids will enjoy driving one of our “red tractors”.
  10. Try some outdoor tai chi/ yoga or meditation.

Royal Botanical Gardens
Enchanted Garden Tour, Royal Botanical Gardens – The Rock Garden. SATURDAY, JULY 24, 2021 AT 10 AM EDT – 3:30 PM EDT
Calling all gnomes, elves, fairies, pixies, and sprites!
Make your way to Royal Botanical Gardens for an enchanting tour where a touch of magic awaits. As you venture along a 1-km accessible path, meet some larger-than-life magical beings who will share their stories and secrets about monarch butterflies. Become a butterfly guardian as you learn what you can do to help butterflies grow and thrive! Be sure to check out our pop-up Gift Shop located inside the Rock Garden Visitor Centre.
Recommended Audience: This guided interactive moving-theatre style tour is recommended for enchanted families with children aged 5 to 8 and will last approximately one hour. Click here

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