The Ontario Public Interest Research Group is hosting a History Hike as part of their Alternative Welcome Week programming:
Coldspring Valley/Lot M Restoration Hike--1-2pm (MUSC 229)
This in-campus history walking-tour includes the founding of McMaster University in Hamilton in 1930, the original six buildings meant to be "indistinguishable from the neighbouring Royal Botanical Garden parkland;" an overview of the importance of the ecology of neighbouring Cootes Paradise; the H&D Railway (1880), Cootes Drive (1936) as one of the first "modern" highways in Canada; and in the west campus, the loss of Royal Botanical Gardens' land in the 1963 as McMaster expanded an ambitious parking plan (1969) into Coldspring Valley Nature Sanctuary (1958-1963)
The hike lasts an hour, comfortable walking shoes and weather appropriate clothing required.
Hike leader: Randy Kay of Restore Cootes. Restore Cootes' seeks ways to enhance and restore natural areas on the periphery of Cootes Paradise that have been degraded or lost to development. Randy is also OPIRG McMaster's Coordinator of Volunteers.This is a free event, no registration required. Rain or Shine! Meet at the McMaster University Student Centre room 229 for a 1pm departure.