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Fish and Wildlife Habitat Islands

The shoreline of the Harbour’s western basin is a corridor connecting the marshlands of Cootes Paradise to the rest of the harbour. This corridor “trail” for fish and other shoreline wildlife has been enhanced by the construction of habitat islands.

Underwater structures marked by vegetative outcrops, “mini islands” (you can see them dotting the water along trail) provide permanent nearshore protection and incorporate fish habitat features into the design. Landscaping techniques and the planting of trees and shrubs provide shade for the fish and habitat for other wildlife. The islands were an initiative of the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan Fish and Wildlife Committee.