Flooding closes part of Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington

Published March 28, 2023 at 3:02 pm

A scene form the flooded area at the Royal Botanical Gardens.

A section of the Royal Botanical Gardens (RBG) has shut down because of flood damage.

RBG reports that Creekside Walk in the Hendrie Valley Sanctuary has been temporarily closed due to damage caused by flooding.

The area has a popular walking trail that features slopes with large trees.

The 100-hectare sanctuary is centered on the Grindstone Creek Valley. The area features forested slopes with towering trees, a 60-hectare river-mouth marsh complex and four creeks. Transferred to RBG in 1941 for ecological protection, it stretches to Carroll’s Point in Hamilton Harbour, and contains an extensive collection of floodplain wetlands, all of which are part of a Great Lakes restoration program.

The 27-km trail includes packed earth, crushed stone, asphalt and boardwalks; some sections are steep and hilly. During spring thaws and after rains, earthen trails become muddy and as is the case now, flooding can occur.

The affected area will remain closed until the damage is fully assessed and until any necessary repair work is completed

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