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Formally established in 1927, Cootes Paradise sanctuary is significant as a migratory bird flyover zone and is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Featuring over 320 hectares of marshland, 16 creeks and 25 km of shoreline, Cootes Paradise is RBGs largest and most diverse sanctuary. Cootes is also home to a thriving population of mute swans, Red Knots, Cormorants, Great Blue Herons and in recent years Bald Eagles who have made their home in Cootes Paradise.

Fun fact! Cootes Paradise has a diverse and long history. The original habitants of the area, known as Princess Point people, first established themselves  in the area between AD 500 to 1000. However,  following European settlement in the early 1700s, the last Indigenous settlement was slowly crowded and eventually disappeared from the area altogether. Later, in the 1780's A British naval officer by the name of Captain Thomas Coote spent many days hunting the abundant water fowl that were present at the time. It was from this naval officer that Cootes Paradise got its name.

Walk along the picturesque trails, enjoy a waterfront sunset or count the swans at Princes Point! Cootes Paradise is definitely a great place to relax, reflect and mediate. 

Cootes Paradise (South Shore)

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Please note:

  • Running and Biking on Cootes Paradise trails is not permitted. To bike to destinations please use city road bike lanes or the Waterfront Trail.
  • When biking, please obey all traffic signals and always remember to wear a helmet.
  • Hamilton buses are free for students with valid student IDs and bus passes.