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Saturday Workshops

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. Finish times may vary. All workshops are free thanks to our Event Sponsors. No extra charges.

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1. Fisher’s Pond Nature Reserve Tour

Join a BTC Ecologist for an exploration of the recently created Fisher's Pond Nature Reserve in Burlington. Discover the diversity of habitats in this 87-acre Bruce Trail Conservancy nature reserve - including woodlands, creeks, ravines, meadows and a central pond - and learn about future stewardship initiatives.

Bus Transportation.
Maximum 30 participants

2.  Bill Baker Environmental Hike - Eramosa Karst Conservation Area

We join Hamilton Conservation Authority Staff to see the geology and rehabilitation projects on what some call the “Central Park” of Hamilton.  Karsts are geological formations including underground drainage, caves and passages caused by dissolving rock. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources designated the 187-acre Eramosa Karst lands as an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest in 2003. The Eramosa Karst is made up of meadow, thicket, woodland and forest. Living in these diverse habitats are reptiles, amphibians, wild turkey, coyote and white-tailed deer.

Bus Transportation.
Maximum 30 participants

3. Tour of Royal Botanical Gardens Arboretum

Tour the Arboretum grounds on this guided tour led by RBG staff . Explore the natural and cultural of the area on this walk which takes in the Anishinaabe Trail.
(Fun side note: the RBG Arboretum is home to "Rasberry House" - the location of the BTC head office from 1982-2016).

Car Pool
Maximum 20 participants

4. Get on your bikes and ride

Bring your own bike for an enjoyable ride on the Chedoke Rail Trail - one of Hamilton’s Escarpment rail trails. The gentle incline to the top is followed by a freewheeling ride back down. We'll leave directly from the Scottish Rite.

No limit.

5. Collective Arts Brewery

Enjoy a tour and taste-testing at one of the area's popular craft breweries. Collective Arts Brewing is a grassroots craft brewery that aims to fuse the creativity of craft beer with the inspired talents of emerging artists and musicians.

Carpool.
Limit 20 participants

6. HMCS Haida self-guided tour

Canada’s proud history of wartime naval service is vividly on display aboard legendary HMCS Haida, a Tribal class destroyer that served in the Second World War, the Korean Conflict and the Cold War. Distinguishing herself in several historic battles, the Royal Canadian Navy’s most famous ship now proudly rests in Hamilton. 

Self-guided. Carpool
Limit 20 participants

7. Historic James Street North

Enjoy this guided walk along Hamilton’s most famous commercial street, now known for its art galleries, restaurants, unique shops and architecture. 

Walkable.
Limit 20 participants.

8. Art Gallery of Hamilton guided tour

Join an AGH docent for an afternoon tour. The AGH is recognized as one of the finest galleries in Canada. Embracing Canadian historical, international and contemporary art. You can see superb pieces by Alex Colville, Tom Thomson, the Group of Seven, Emily Carr, James Tissot, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Gustave Doré, Norval Morrisseau, Keith Haring, Edward Burtynsky, Kim Adams, or Tyler Tekatch, to name a few.

Walkable
Limit 20 participants.

9. Dundurn Castle guided tour

Experience a guided tour of this 40-room Italianate-style villa built in the 1830s. Once home to Sir Allan Napier MacNab, railway magnate, lawyer and Premier of the Province of Canada (1854-1856) and his family, today Dundurn Castle is a national historic site that tells the story of the family who lived above stairs and the servants who lived and worked below stairs to support their affluent lifestyle.

Walkable
Limit 20 participants.

10. Waterfalls of Hamilton

Enjoy this easy 2-hour hike as we take in the view of some of Hamilton’s well-known waterfalls. Final location will be determined closer to the Annual Meeting date.

Carpool
Limit 20 participants.

11. Nature films at the Rite

During the afternoon we will also be running a number of nature-themed films of various lengths.

No limit.

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