Swifts at Work, Pigeons at Play

Downtown Galt (Cambridge), Near the Main Street bridge

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EcoPost 2.1.If you think of the downtown as having no natural history -Think again! Here you can learn about the chimney swifts that work hard to keep downtown free of bugs. And what about those pesky pigeons? - They have interesting behaviours. And then there are the exquisite damsel flies just down the steps on the Grand river bank. Read on!

Things to Do

See where swifts make their collective evening swoop into a local chimney stack! See ruby-spot damselfly dogfights by the river, Take a coffee watch pigeons bob their heads and how the males parade for their spouses (Find out why!).

Where Next?

Don't stop here! Time your visit for folk music and bagpipes at McDougall Cottage, take in the farmers' market, and more.

Getting Here

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This EcoPost is steps from Cambridge bus terminal on Ainslie Street. From there walk North on Ainslie, left onto Main Street, the Grand River Bridge, and turn right to Architecture School and Melville Cafe. Steps to the river are on the left through an arbor.

There is plentiful parking here.

The old Dickson School where the swifts roost, on St. Andrews Street, is 400m from the Architecture School. Best access is from Cant Ave.

By Bus: Almost any route in Cambridge takes you to Galt's Ainslie Street terminal. Route 57 passes the EcoPost.

Maps and Trails
This EcoPost is also accessible via the City of Cambridge trail along the Grand River. Use the City of Cambridge trails map to reach the EcoPost by bike or on foot.
On-site ramps at some locations
Suitable for cycling

The Grand River through downtown Galt is accessible by canoe immediately below the Park Street dam – However this entry involves fast water and is only for experienced canoeists and when the river is not in flood. Consult Grand River Conservation Authority for advice
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