|Sunset over Dundas Marsh|
Today is supposed to be warm, but the next week looks like temperatures will dip to more seasonable levels. I'm looking forward to a chance to skate on Cootes and play a bit of hockey. Let's have some winter, shall we?
|Sunset over Dundas Marsh|
Hamilton, ON, December 10, 2013 — Royal Botanical Gardens and the Haudenosaunee Wildlife and Habitat Authority (HWHA) have agreed to conduct a controlled harvest of White-tailed deer this December as part of RBG’s deer management.
The 2013 harvest will be conducted at RBG’s Arboretum, located at 16 Old Guelph Road, Hamilton, Ontario, and will take place between Monday, December 16 and Friday, December 20.
Access to the Arboretum, including the access from York Rd. Trailhead will be closed to the public for the duration of the harvest with the Arboretum reopened at its conclusion. Notices to the public will be provided and posted at property at entrance points.
CAUTION - STORM DAMAGE ALONG THE BRUCE TRAIL
The recent storm activity has brought a large number of trees down along the Bruce Trail throughout the Iroquoia section. Hikers are advised to take extra care when negotiating these storm affected areas and should be prepared to turn back if necessary.
Trail Maintenance volunteers have already started clearing these trees, but it will take the next 3 weeks, at least, to completely clear the Trail.If anyone is out there on the trails and has photos of damage, feel free to share them here!
The Dundas Valley Trail Centre is closed with no power or washrooms. Downed branches and erosion on trails have made trail conditions difficult. Please use caution on the trails.
The Giant's Rib Discovery Centre is also closed today and the guided hike has been cancelled. (Hamilton Conservation Authority)
|November 2007 photo at site, by Randy Kay|
Beginning in 2012, the walk-in and bicycle entry fee has been removed in the Dundas Valley. All visitors to the Dundas Valley are encouraged to purchase a HCA Annual Membership Pass to help support the maintenance and operational costs of the area. The HCA does not receive funding from the province of Ontario or the City of Hamilton for the operation of its conservation areas.If you are only using the Dundas Valley trail system, there is no longer a requirement to pay if you walk or ride in. I will likely continue to hold a membership for the HCA, since I love the work they do, and I'd encourage you to join as a paying member in support of such a wonderful place.
"The westernmost section of the Dundas Valley Conservation Area will be closed to the public on specific days to allow the Haudenosaunee to harvest deer according to the Protocol and Specific Agreement. For a full description and related documents concerning this closure, please click here.
Harvesting will take place only on HCA owned lands within the area bounded by Martin Road to the east, Jerseyville Road to the south, Paddy Green Road to the west, and Powerline Road to the north. Harvesting will take place Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between November 13 and December 20, 2012 and January 7 – January 17, 2013 inclusive. For a map of the closed area, click here."
|RBG Map of Coldspring Valley|
|My Hybrid map of Coldspring Valley/McMaster Parking|
|Looking down Maria's Walk|
|Looking up Maria's Walk|
|View from behind parking sign, looking south toward Maria's |
Walk Trailhead/Thorndale Crescent (houses in background)