Restoring Paradise in west Hamilton

Drive by Cootes Paradise on the 403, and you’ll feel like you are ‘up north’. Such a view, of a wide open waterway. But Cootes was once a wetland, and with the efforts of the Royal Botanical Gardens, will be a wetland once again. It’s a slow process, one that involves getting the carp out, reintroducing a greater variety of fish, and replanting several species of aquatic plants such as water lilies, cattails, and wild rice. Tys Theymeyer, head of natural lands for the Royal Botanical Gardens, took the Spectator for a quiet paddle to reveal some of the progress they are making. In time, Cootes will be a natural paradise. Here’s a canoe’s – eye look at Cootes Paradise. – Barry Gray

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, August 19,2014 - Paddle around Cootes Paradise with RBG's Tys Thysmeyer, where ongoing efforts to introduce new aquatic plant life and limit invasive fish species are paying dividends.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - Paddle around Cootes Paradise with RBG's Tys Thysmeyer, where ongoing efforts to introduce new aquatic plant life and limit invasive fish species are paying dividends. Water lilies in Cootes Paradise. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.


Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 – Paddle around Cootes Paradise with RBG’s Tys Thysmeyer, where ongoing efforts to introduce new aquatic plant life and limit invasive fish species are paying dividends. Water lilies in Cootes Paradise. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - Paddle around Cootes Paradise with RBG's Tys Thysmeyer, where ongoing efforts to introduce new aquatic plant life and limit invasive fish species are paying dividends.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator. For story by: Matt Van Dongen

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 – Paddle around Cootes Paradise with RBG’s Tys Thysmeyer, where ongoing efforts to introduce new aquatic plant life and limit invasive fish species are paying dividends. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - Paddle around Cootes Paradise with RBG's Tys Thysmeyer, where ongoing efforts to introduce new aquatic plant life and limit invasive fish species are paying dividends. Water lilies are leading the comeback.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 – Paddle around Cootes Paradise with RBG’s Tys Thysmeyer, where ongoing efforts to introduce new aquatic plant life and limit invasive fish species are paying dividends. Water lilies are leading the comeback. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - Paddle around Cootes Paradise with RBG's Tys Thysmeyer, where ongoing efforts to introduce new aquatic plant life and limit invasive fish species are paying dividends.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 – Paddle around Cootes Paradise with RBG’s Tys Thysmeyer, where ongoing efforts to introduce new aquatic plant life and limit invasive fish species are paying dividends. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - Paddle around Cootes Paradise with RBG's Tys Thysmeyer, where ongoing efforts to introduce new aquatic plant life and limit invasive fish species are paying dividends. Ducks in a row.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 – Paddle around Cootes Paradise with RBG’s Tys Thysmeyer, where ongoing efforts to introduce new aquatic plant life and limit invasive fish species are paying dividends. Ducks in a row. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - Paddle around Cootes Paradise with RBG's Tys Thysmeyer, where ongoing efforts to introduce new aquatic plant life and limit invasive fish species are paying dividends. Swans out for a swim.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 – Paddle around Cootes Paradise with RBG’s Tys Thysmeyer, where ongoing efforts to introduce new aquatic plant life and limit invasive fish species are paying dividends. Swans out for a swim. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - Paddle around Cootes Paradise with RBG's Tys Thysmeyer, where ongoing efforts to introduce new aquatic plant life and limit invasive fish species are paying dividends. Wild rice is another successfuly introduced plant.  Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

Hamilton. Ontario, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 – Paddle around Cootes Paradise with RBG’s Tys Thysmeyer, where ongoing efforts to introduce new aquatic plant life and limit invasive fish species are paying dividends. Wild rice is another successfully introduced plant. Photo by: Barry Gray, The Hamilton Spectator.

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