Events at a Glance



Smokey Hollow Guided Hike

 6:30pm - 8:00pm      Smokey Hollow Waterfall
  In partnership with Hamilton Naturalist Club, were leading walk along Grindstone Creek. We will discuss the importance of keeping our waters clean and protected as creeks run into the Hamilton Harbour, how our creeks have changed, and what you can find in these natural areas.

Please note the hike will finish with a short walk on the shoulder of Waterdown Road.

  • Wednesday July 3rd, 2019; 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Smokey Hollow Waterfall, 80 Mill St S, Hamilton, ON L0R 2H0 view map
  • Contact Christine Bowen at BARC (905.527.7111) or 
  • Event hosted by Bay Area Restoration Council


Turtle Talk

 7:00pm - 9:00pm      The Pale Blue Dot
  Have you ever been curious about what a turtle shell is made of? Have you ever wondered about the “turtle crossing” signs you see along some roads? Get the answers to these questions at Bay Area Restoration Councils free, family friendly Turtle Talk! Join us at the Pale Blue Dot, where after a brief introduction to our local turtles, you can hear from our special guests about the threats turtles face, turtle research, and how you can help!

*Coloring pages and word searches will be provided for children
 Event is possible due, in part, to UNA Green Spaces grant. 
  • Thursday, July 4th,  2019; 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • The Pale Blue Dot, 240 James St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 2L3 
  • Contact Christine Bowen at BARC (905.527.7111) or
  • Event hosted by Bay Area Restoration Council and The Pale Blue Dot

Shoreline Cleanup: Waterfront Trail

10:00am - 12:00pm      200 Harbour Front Dr., Hamilton, Ontario L8L 1M5
  On July 13th 2019, the Bay Area Restoration Council is hosting a shoreline cleanup! All volunteers will be meeting at BARC’s kiosk (to the left of Bayfront Park’s boat launch) at 10 AM. If you are interested in volunteering for the cleanup, please contact Melanie at: We will provide all the tools and materials for the cleanup (including gloves).
  • Saturday, July 14; 10:00am - 12:00pm
  • Bayfront Park, 200 Harbour Front Dr., Hamilton view map
JULY 20 - AUG 1

Volunteer Marsh Plantings

Various           Cootes Paradise Marsh, specific location to be determined
  We, with Royal Botanical Garden, are once again looking for volunteers to help replant Cootes Paradise! Enjoy the scenery, spot a bird, and make new friends while you get down and dirty with the cattails. Our 2019 Marsh Volunteer Planting Program will run on:

Saturday, July 20: 9:00am- 11:30am
Thursday, July 25: 6:00pm- 8:00pm *New Evening Planting Option*
Saturday, July 27: 9:00am- 11:30am
Thursday, August 1: 9:00am- 11:30am

As space is limited, please note that you can only register for one date. Registration is done on a first come, first serve basis. Please register by emailing Christine at Be sure to quote "Marsh Plantings 2019 Registration" in the subject line of your email. Please indicate the date you wish to attend (and alternative dates if applicable). As chest waders are recommended, please also state your shoe size so that BARC may be able to provide waders for you. (DISCLAIMER: waders may be a few sizes too big.)

A BARC staff member will reply within a few business days to confirm your space and provide more details about the meeting location and what to bring.

Due to the nature and location of the planting sites, these events are not suitable for children. You must be at least 16 years old to participate (an adult will need to sign a waiver for you if you are under the age of 18). Planting sites are located in the marsh and a certain level of physical fitness is required. Please be aware that we are walking into a natural environment – you will get wet and dirty and leeches occasionally make an appearance. It is messy but rewarding work!
  • Cootes Paradise Marsh or Grindestone Marsh 
  • Contact Christine Bowen at or (905.527.7111) to register
  • Event hosted by Bay Area Restoration Council with Royal Botanical Gardens
JULY 20-29

Summer Bayfront Park Introduction Tours

 2:30pm - 3:25pm       Bayfront Park, Hamilton, ON 
  Take an accessible stroll around part of Bayfront Park with our summer intern! In this introductory tour learn about local animals, environmental issues, and restoration efforts. Please meet at our kiosk, which is located under the pergola by the waterfront trail, to the left of the boat launch.

Tours are offered at 2:30pm the following dates:
Saturday July 20th
Monday July 22nd
Friday July 26th
Saturday July 27th
Monday July 29th
  • As listed above 
  • 200 Harbour Front Dr,, Hamilton, Ontario L8L 1M5 
  • Contact BARC (905.527.7111) for more information


Kerncliff Park Guided Hike

 6:30pm - 8:00pm      Kerncliff park, Burlington
  With Hamilton Naturalist Club, we continue to explore trails within out watershed! As we walk along the escarpment we will discuss how it has shaped our landscape and influences our water, the importance of forest in our water cycle, vernal ponds, and various restoration efforts.

Please note there are some steep hills and rocky, uneven terrain.
  • Wednesday July 24th; 6:30pm - 8:00pm
  • Kerncliff Park, 2198 Kerns Road Burlington   
  • Contact  BARC at  (905.527.7111) for more information
  • Event hosted by Bay Area Restoration Council
12 SEP

Shoreline Cleanup: Desjardins Canal Park

 11:00am - 1:00pm      Desjardins Canal Parklands, Dundas, ON
  Help us clean up Desjardins Canal! We will be meeting in the Urquhart Butterfly Garden parking lot on Saturday July 27th at 11am and making our way to the trail. We will provide gloves, garbage bags, and snacks! Please bring appropriate clothes, sunscreen, and a reusable water bottle.  
  • Saturday, July 27th, 2019; 11:00am - 1:00pm
  • 150 King Street East, Dundas, Ontario 
  • Contact BARC at (905.527.7111) for more information


Summer Children's Library Programming

Specified below          Various Library Branches within the Watershed
We are offering two of our education programs at various library branches all summer long!  Each program is approximately 1 hour long. Creeks and Creepy Crawlies, for ages 6+,  allows you to get up  close to preserved insects and discover the importance of insects found in a local waterways before making a dragonfly craft. Turtle Crossing is  a turtley-awesome presentation about our local turtles and how we can help them, followed by the opportunity to make you own clay turtle for Ages 6+. We hope to see you at one of the following library branches: 
 Creeks & Creepy Crawlies
Tues Jul 2, 2:00pm at Brant Hills: 2255 Brant St, Burlington 
Thu Jul 4, 10:30am at Barton: 571 Barton Street East, Hamilton
Thu Jul 4, 2:30pm at Dundas: 18 Ogilvie St., Dundas
Tue Jul 23, 2:30pm at Waterdown: 163 Dundas Street East, Waterdown
Thu Jul 25, 1:00pm at Aldershot: 550 Plains Rd E, Burlington
Wed Aug 7, 3:00pm at Terryberry 100 Mohawk Road West, Hamilton

Turtle Crossing
Wed Jul 10, 2:30pm at Red Hill: 695 Queenston Road, Hamilton
Thu Jul 11, 1:00pm at Aldershot: 550 Plains Rd E, Burlington
Tue Jul 16, 10:00am at Tansley:  1996 Itabashi Way, Burlington
Tue Jul 16,  2:00pm at Brant Hills: 2255 Brant St, Burlington
Thu Jul 18, 2:30pm at Central: 55 York Blvd, Hamilton
Thu Aug 22, 2:30pm at Freelton: 1803 Brock Road, Freelton
Tue Aug 27, 10:30am at Westdale: 955 King Street West, Hamilton
Tue Aug 27, 2:30pm at Sherwood: 467 Upper Ottawa Street, Hamilton

  • Contact Christine Bowen at BARC (905.527.7111) for more information
  • Event hosted by Bay Area Restoration Council