Events at a Glance



HHYPE Event Night

 6:00pm - 9:00pm       RBG Rock Garden
  Royal Botanical Gardens is proud to host the inaugural event for the Young Environmental Science (YES) Alliance on Thursday April 4th 2019. Youth (age 13 to 18) will gather at the David Braley and Nancy Gordon Rock Garden, be treated to some vegan and vegetarian snacks and refreshments while meeting community partners, like BARC, before local filmmaker Julia Barnes presents her gripping documentary Sea of Life.

Julia Barnes is the award-winning filmmaker behind Sea of Life. For as long as she can remember Julia has been passionate about the natural world, but it wasn't until she was 16 that she realized the world she loved was in serious jeopardy. After watching Rob Stewart's documentary Revolution and learning that the world's coral reefs, rainforests and fish are expected to be wiped out by the middle of the century she was compelled to take action. Film was the most powerful weapon she could imagine so she picked up a video camera and set out to make a documentary to raise awareness about the biggest threats facing the ocean.
The event is free, but registration is required!
  • Thursday, April 4th, 2019; 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Royal Botanical Gardens - Rock Garden, 1185 York Boulevard, Hamilton, ON L0R 2H9 
  • Event hosted by Royal Botanical Gardens


Volunteer Opportunity: Snail Collection

 2:00pm - 4:00pm       Royal Botanical Garden's Arboretum
 We are looking for volunteers to help us prepare the kits for our mini marsh program! We are looking for volunteers to help collect snails from RBG's plant nursery ponds! The snails are the most loved part of the mini marsh kits that are given to classrooms within the watershed. Put on some rubber boots and gloves, and join us for the afternoon. We will have rubber boots available for those who need them. Please register as space is limited.
  • Friday, April 2nd, 2019; 2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Royal Botanical Gardens Arboretum, 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton view map
  • Contact Christine Bowen at BARC (905.527.7111) or to volunteer
  • Event hosted by BARC


Volunteer Opportunity: Prepping Mini Marshes

 10:00am - 4:00pm       Royal Botanical Garden's Nature Interpretative Centre
  We are looking for volunteers to help us prepare the kits for our mini marsh program!  We need help bagging sand, sorting and splitting plants, bagging aquatic snails, rinsing and checking bowls for cracks, stapling info packets together, and arranging them all in a bag for pick-up by teachers. If you have a few hours to spare and would like to help, let us know!
  • Tuesday, April 9th, 2019; 10:00am - 4:00pm
  • Royal Botanical Gardens Nature Interpretive Centre, 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton view map
  • Contact Christine Bowen at BARC (905.527.7111) or to volunteer
  • Event hosted by BARC



Jane's Walk: Harbour Stroll at Bayfront

 7:15pm - 8:15pm      Bayfront Park, 200 Harbour Front Drive, Hamilton
  As part of Hamilton's Jane's walk 2018, take an accessible sunset stroll around Bayfront Park with Bay Area Restoration Council, to learn about the history of the harbor, ongoing environmental issues and restoration efforts.  Please meet under the pergola by the parking lot/water front trail.
  • Friday, May 3rd, 2019; 7:15pm - 8:15pm
  • Bayfront Park, 200 Harbour Front Drive, Hamiltonview map
  • Contact Christine Bowen at BARC (905.527.7111) or for more information.
  • Event hosted by Bay Area Restoration Council

Volunteer Opportunity: Green Up Tree Planting

 9:00am - 12:00pm      Brant Hills Park, Burlington
  With sponsorship from the City of Burlington, Burlington Green is pleased to host a tree planting event. We, BARC, will be sending a team to help! To be part of our team, contact Christine at or 905-527-7111 by April 22nd.

Be sure to dress for the weather as the event will take place rain or shine. Please wear sturdy shoes or boots – no sandals or flip-flops please! (Sturdy soles help when digging with a shovel). BARC will have some shovels and gloves available for our volunteers, but if you are able, please bring your own. .
  • Saturday, May 4th; 9:00am - 12:00m
  • Brant Hills Park, 300 Duncaster Dr, Burlington, ON L7P 4C2 view map
  • Contact Christine Bowen at BARC ( or 905.527.7111) to register for the BARC team!
  • Event hosted by Burlington Green

Jane's Walk: Nature Walk at Lasalle Park

 2:30pm - 3:30pm      150 North Shore Boulevard, Burlington, ON L7T 4A4
  As part of Burlington's Jane's walk 2018, walk through forest and along the water’s edge on LaSalle Parks waterfront trail, with Bay Area Restoration Council. Admire the views, learn about local flora and fauna, and discuss past and present environmental issues! Please meet at the start of the waterfront trail by the parking lot..
  • Saturday, May 4, 2019; 2:30pm - 3:30pm
  • 150 North Shore Boulevard, Burlington, ON L7T 4A4 view map
  • Contact Christine Bowen at BARC (905.527.7111) or for more information
  • Event hosted by Bay Area Restoration Council

June 2019


BARC's Annual General Meeting

 5:30pm - 8:30pm       57 Discovery Dr., Hamilton
Join us for our Annual General Meeting on June 24th. The evening will consist of awards, networking, and a glimpse into the restoration of Hamilton Harbour in 2018. The AGM will be followed by a patio reception with beverages and light fare. The event is free but we ask that you please register in advance on Eventbrite.
Registration @ 5:30
Annual General Meeting @ 6:00
President’s Report to the Community
Treasurer’s Financial Report
Presentation of Directors for 2019/2020
Awards Ceremony @ 6:15
Award for Volunteerism
Presented to Vic Cairns
Award for Implementation
Presented to Jim Quinn, McMaster University
Award for Implementation
Presented to the Hamilton Conservation Authority
Award of Special Recognition
Presented to Thomas Beckett
Presentations @ 6:30
Randle Reef Construction Update
Roger Santiago, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Lower Spencer Creek Restoration Project
Colin Oaks, Hamilton Conservation Authority
Patio Reception @ 7:00
Beverages and light fare 
  • Monday, June 24 2019; 5:30pm - 8:30pm
  • 57 Discovery Dr., Hamilton view map



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

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