Royal Botanical Gardens opening select nature trails this weekend

May 15 2020, 12:20 pm

The Royal Botanical Gardens will being opening select nature trails to the public this Saturday, in time for the May long weekend.

“With the recent announcement of provincial parks reopening for passive use, and considering Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer guidelines, Royal Botanical Gardens will begin opening select nature trails to the public, beginning Saturday, May 16,” the statement said.

Trails that will open include Hendrie Valley Sanctuary trails, paths on the south shore of Cootes Paradise and Rock Chapel Sanctuary/Berry Tract trails.

But, the trails can only be for passive use such as hiking, and birdwatching — not cycling and running — and cars cannot access the trailheads as parking areas will remain closed until further notice.

It’s important to note that any on-site facilities including washrooms will remain closed.

And, the North Shore Cootes Paradise Sanctuary trails remain closed until further notice.

“We recognize the importance of nature areas as indispensable to community healing, offering much-needed places for respite and connection with nature, however the safety of all guests, staff and volunteers remains RBG’s top priority and the gradual opening of its trail system is the first step in a phased reopening process,” stated a release from the Royal Botanical Gardens.

It is also strongly advised that individuals physically distance from other trail users, step off the path to allow others to pass, not to congregate in groups, keep pets on their leash, and to bring personal supply of water, hand sanitizer and PPE.

All the nature trails open to the public: 
Hendrie Valley Sanctuary Trails:

  • North Bridle Trail
  • South Bridle Trail
  • Grindstone Marshes Trail
  • Kicking Horse Trail

Trails on the South Shores of Cootes Paradise:

  • Princess Point Trail
  • Sassafras Point Trail
  • Ginger Valley Trail
  • Caleb’s Walk
  • Ravine Road Trail
  • Chegwin Trail

Rock Chapel Sanctuary and Berry Tract Trails:

  • Escarpment Trail
  • Bruce Trail (side trail)
  • Rock Chapel Trail
  • Armstrong Trail
  • Thornapple Trail