board walking freshened up for spring

The Royal Botanical Gardens, with the assistance of volunteers from the Cootes Paradise club at McMaster, replaced the boardwalk at the Chegwin Trail in time for early spring hikes along this looping trail.

The trail begins and ends at McMaster University, and is a perfect lunchtime hike for office-dwellers and students in need of some R&R. Leaving campus behind, the sloping trails lead down to the treasured marsh, where the boardwalk allows you to stand among the reeds and watch the red-winged blackbirds set up for the season.

Looking south, east and west, from the boardwalk, the only visible sign of human engineering are some distant hydro towers.