The Hummingbird Circle is an open space outdoor gathering area situated in northern part of the Park near parking lots, the Discovery Centre, and washrooms.
Why is it called the Hummingbird Circle? The aim is to create a hummingbird-friendly space that will attract these pollinating birds to the area. Through our volunteer program, we removed invasive species such as garlic mustard, Dog strangling vine and thistle. Moreover, we planted 639 trees, shrubs and flowers in this space! Some hummingbird-specific species planted include Blue Wild Indigo, Foxglove Beardtongue, and Great Blue Lobelia.
Did you know hummingbirds sleep in a hibernation state called torpor every night? Torpor allows them to lower their body functions (i.e., body temperature, heart rate, breathing) at night so that they can conserve energy to fly around during the day to find food. Their body temperature can drop almost 50 degrees Fahrenheit, heartbeat slowing down from 500 beats per minute to less than 50, and breathing can stop momentarily.
Want to be in a cozy, outdoor space surrounded by trees, flowers, and hummingbirds for your picnic, party, or gathering? This is the space to hold your event!
Booking is easy – fill out our form and we’ll go from there.
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Where is the Hummingbird Circle?
The Hummingbird Circle is located just south of the Play Zone. See map on how to get there.
How many different plant species are planting here? What are they?
There are 5 species of flowers in the Hummingbird Circle to attract these nectar-loving birds: Blue Wild Indigo (Asclepias tuberosa and Baptisia australis), Obedient Plant (Physostegia virginiana), Foxglove Beardtongue (Penstemon digitalis), and Great Blue Lobelia (Lobelia siphilitica).
How large is the area? What is the capacity?
The area is approximately 425 square metre (4,576 square feet).
The capacity is 200 people.
Where is the closest washroom?
The closest washroom is by the Play Zone and 70 Canuck Avenue parking lot area.
Is the Hummingbird Circle accessible?
To get to the Hummingbird Circle, the paved Circuit Path is accessible. Once you are at the entrance of the space, there is a slightly narrow grassed path with an incline into the grassed space.
Can I BBQ within this space?
No, BBQ within the Hummingbird Circle is strictly prohibited. BBQ are only allowed in wide open areas not surrounded by ecologically sensitive plants.
How much does it cost to rent the space?
$1,000 plus HST per event day*
$500 plus HST per setup and teardown day
Please note: Event rates are subject to change. Discounted rates are available for not-for-profit organizations.
*Wear-and-tear fee and ticketing fee may apply.
What does my rental include?
Your rental includes the use of the space and administrative costs. It does not include cleaning, security, equipment rentals and event staffing. For a full list of what is and is not included in the rental fee, please contact us.
I don’t need to use the space exclusively. Can I just have a gathering here for free?
It depends. Please fill out our booking form with more details about your planned gathering and we will go from there.
Do I need insurance to book an event?
Yes, we require commercial general liability insurance. The coverage amount will be determined by the type of event that is held.
Does the Hummingbird Circle have any power?
The event space does not have access to power but may in the future.
Can I run a fitness, yoga or Zumba type class here?
Yes, however, you will require commercial general liability insurance, a permit and the associated fee. Please fill out the form and select permits.
What events and activities have been held here before?
Fitness classes (permit required)