Hawk Walk

Go on a Walk with a Hawk 

Experience having a free flying hawk land on your glove! During this private 45 minute program, you will join our Raptor Centre staff and one of our trained Harris’s Hawks for a walk through a picturesque field setting. The program involves the hawk flying along behind you and near you, and landing on your gloved hand. At the end of the walk the hawk will perch on your gloved hand for photo opportunities.

Hawk Walks are weather dependent. We reserve the right to cancel a Hawk Walk 24 hours in advance of the program in the case of inclement weather.  If your Hawk Walk is cancelled, you will have the option to reschedule (if space is available) or receive a refund.

Program Information

Fees 

$135 (+HST) per group (group maximum of 2 people)

Halton Park Members receive a 15% discount

Hawk Walk fee includes park admission. Come for the Hawk Walk and stay all day! 

Program Duration

45 minutes

Available Dates and Times

May, June, September & October: 10:00a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and holidays 
July & August: 10:00a.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and holidays

Age restriction 

Participants must be 12 years of age or older to participate. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

How do I book a Hawk Walk?

Click the link below.

Book your Hawk Walk here!

 

Frequently Asked Questions 

How many people can I bring?

Hawk Walks are designed for a maximum of 2 participants. Extra guests will not be allowed in the field. 

Can I bring an extra person if they will not be handling the bird?

For the comfort of the hawk, and the experience of the participants, extra guests cannot be accommodated in the Hawk Walk program. The maximum number of participants allowed is 2 people. 

Will you take pictures for me?

Unfortunately, our staff’s attention will be on ensuring your group has an unforgettable, educational, and safe experience-- they will be unable to take photos for you. However, you are encouraged to bring your own camera and take photos yourself. Our staff will provide you with opportunities to take photos of the hawk on your glove, but the safety of our guests and our birds is our primary consideration. 

Can I book a Hawk Walk instead of a photoshoot?

We encourage our Hawk Walk guests to take pictures; however, photography is not the focus of the experience. Our photoshoot program has been designed to meet the needs of budding and experienced photographers looking for opportunities to photograph our magnificent raptors! Please click here for more details on Bird of Prey Photoshoots. 

Will I handle a raptor?

Yes! The Hawk Walk program involves having a hawk perch on and fly to your gloved hand. 

Can the Hawk Walk involve a bird other than a hawk?

No. At this time, only our resident Harris’s Hawks are available for the Hawk Walk program. 

What should I be aware of?

Birds of prey are predatory carnivores. As a reward for flying to your gloved hand, the hawk will be given tidbits of raw meat in the form of rat, mouse, chicken, or quail. Raptor Centre staff will be the ones handling the meat, however they will be placing pieces of raw meat on your glove. The Hawk Walk program cannot be done without the use of food rewards for the hawk. 

The trail that is used for the Hawk Walk program is a natural cut grass path over uneven terrain. Comfortable, sturdy, closed toed footwear is recommended.  This program takes place outdoors – please dress for the weather. 

Is this appropriate for children?

Guests must be 12 years of age or older to participate in the Hawk Walk program. Guests under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. 

Is the program fully accessible?

Conservation Halton is committed to making our parks and programs accessible for all, however this program does involve walking over uneven terrain in a field setting. Please inform our staff in advance if any member of your party has environmental allergies, special or exceptional needs, accessibility concerns, applicable phobias (birds, sudden movements), or sensitivities. We are happy to discuss the program with you in advance of booking. For safety reasons, Service Animals are not permitted in Hawk Walk programs. Please Note: This program involves proximity to a live, free flying hawk. Although you are not in any danger from our birds, they are still capable of independent movement, noise, and activity—please ensure all members of your party are able to stay calm around animals before you book your Hawk Walk. Participants must be able to hold 2 pounds on their outstretched arm. 

Do I still pay my gate fee?

No, your admission fee is included in the price of your Hawk Walk.