One of the most easily accessible natural wonders for Mac students is Cootes Paradise. This gem was first protected as a fish sanctuary in the 1870s, then as a wildlife preserve in 1927, and since 1930 it’s been managed by the Royal Botanical Gardens. Today, its network of trails makes it a popular destination for naturalists of all kinds. Entrances on campus are found behind Brandon Hall and Les Prince Hall, but the trails continue through Westdale, connecting to the Waterfront Trail at Princess Point.
But sometimes admiring the scenery isn’t enough. Thankfully, there are many people active in keeping Cootes a paradise for all to enjoy. Check out these events to get your Cootes fix:
Planting with MACGreen
This Saturday, October 13, MACGreen is hosting a native species planting event, followed by a bike-to-hike. Meet at Lot H for the planting, which runs from 9am to noon, and stick around for the bike-to-hike of McMaster’s Forest from 12:30-3. Hikers can meet at the Psychology Building at 12:30 for a bike ride led by Macycle, or for bus runs led by the Cootes Paradise Club.
Mac Outdoor Club’s annual Cootes Clean-up will be happening next Saturday, October 20. The event starts at 1pm, with groups leaving from the Alpine Tower, the Aviary in Churchill Park, and Parking Lot M (beside Cootes Drive). After the clean-up is finished for the day, the Outdoor Club will be hosting a free barbecue.