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Guests are welcome at our walks!
Full information about our walks is available in our newsletter and is a benefit of membership.
We publicize information here on a few walks per month for non-members who might want to join us. Groups should contact us in advance for permission to join a walk since since not all walks are suitable for larger groups.
You may reach us at 416-593-2656 or via email. We are staffed by volunteers so it may take a few days to receive a response. If you are enquiring about a weekend walk please contact us before noon on Friday.
Wear appropriate footwear for walking on trails which may be muddy, steep or uneven. Please thoroughly clean your footwear before each outing to avoid spreading invasive seeds.
Upcoming Walks - 2016

Sat, July 2 • E T SETON PARK – Nature Walk

Sun, July 3 • BURNETT CREEK – Nature Walk

Tues, July 5 • EGLINTON FLATS: Three Centuries of Canada's Story – Nature & Heritage

Wed, July 6 • CEDARVALE RAVINE – Evening Ramble

Sat, July 9 • TAYLOR CREEK – Dragonflies, Butterflies & other Winged Things

Sun, July 10 • EAST DON PARKLAND – Nature Walk

Tues, July 12 • MORNINGSIDE PARK – Birds & Butterflies

Thurs, July 14 • DENTONIA ESTATE – Evening Ramble

Sat, July 16 at 2 pm • MILNE HOLLOW – Nature & Heritage

Leader: Peter Heinz. Meet in the parking lot of the Charles Sauriol Conservation Reserve immediately east of the DVP south of Lawrence Ave E for a circular 2-hr walk on mostly paved surfaces. Mainly flat. No stairs. No washrooms. By TTC, take the #54 Lawrence East bus from Eglinton subway station to Railside Dr and walk 10 minutes downhill to the park entrance. We will explore the East Don River valley, site of former mills, a ski hill and recently created storm water ponds, now home to a diversity of wildlife. Bring binoculars.

Sun, July 17 at 2 pm • WHAT'S IN A NAME? HISTORIC MEADOW CREEK – Lost Rivers

Leaders: Helen Mills, John Wilson and Ian Wheal. Meet at Lawrence Ave W and Duval Dr (east of Keele at the north side TTC stop) for a linear walk along a live tributary to Black Creek ending at Rustic Dr east of Keele St. The stream's ravine holds secrets of the urban wild, and wears the many names this relatively unknown creek has been assigned over the years. Paved park trails with washrooms at the rallying point. A joint outing with Toronto Green Community.

Tues, July 19 • HISTORIC LAMBTON PARK – Nature & Heritage

Wed, July 20 • BURKE BROOK – Evening Ramble

Sat, July 23 • FORKS OF THE DON CIRCLE TRIP – Nature Walk

Sun, July 24 • NORDHEIMER RAVINE & SURROUNDING AREA – Nature & Heritage

Tues, July 26 • WOODBINE PARK TO KEW GARDENS – Evening Ramble

Wed, July 27 • WEEDS PART 3 – Nature Walk

Sat, July 30 at 10:00 am • ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION IN THE DON VALLEY

Leader: Jason Ramsay-Brown. Meet at the corner of O'Connor Dr and Beechwood Dr. Walk concludes at Todmorden. Some of the most beautiful spots in the Don Valley would hardly exist were it not for the efforts of Toronto's stewardship community. Over the decades, a combination of volunteers, charities, City programs and TRCA initiatives have helped to transform industrial legacy into natural heritage. Join us for a 4-km linear walk through Cottonwood Flats, Beechwood Wetland and Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve, and discover the spectacular results of these efforts. Bring water, camera, binoculars, and a snack if you like. 

Sun, July 31 • LAKE IROQUOIS SHORELINE BATHURST TO YONGE – Nature Walk

Tues, Aug 2 at 10:30 am • SMYTHE PARK – Nature & Heritage

Leader: Madeleine McDowell. Meet on the west side of Jane St and Alliance Ave at the entrance to Smythe Park for a 2-hr+ circular walk on mostly unpaved and uneven surfaces with some gentle and steep slopes. #35 Jane bus. There is a parking lot entered from Scarlett Rd but located by the swimming pool near Jane St, a short walk from the starting point. Washrooms at beginning of walk. See what has become of a former sand and gravel pit, the site where John Graves Simcoe had lunch in September 1793, the route of the Toronto Carrying Place, a swimming pool inspired by the Queen Elizabeth Bldg at the CNE, a view of a golf course built by the only Golf Olympic Gold Medalist, and maybe a mocking bird, a great blue heron or a large turtle. Walk ends where we started, across from Tim Horton's. Bring snack, binoculars, camera.  

Thurs, Aug 4 • GLEN STEWART RAVINE – Evening Ramble

Sat, Aug 6 • ROUGE PARK RAMBLE – Nature Walk

Sun, Aug 7 • YELLOW CREEK – Nature Walk

Tues, Aug 9 • UPPER WEST DON – Evening Ramble

Wed, Aug 10 • MOUNT PLEASANT CEMETERY – Trees

Sat, Aug 13 • ETOBICOKE CREEK – Nature Walk

Sun, Aug 14 at 1:30 pm • CENTRAL WATERFRONT PARKS – Nature & Heritage

Leader: Richard Partington. Meet at Princes' Gates, south end of Strachan Ave to wander through Coronation Park, Little Norway Park and ultimately to the Music Garden where, if we're lucky, we may attend a free concert at 4 pm.

Tues, Aug 16 • JAMES GARDENS & LAMBTON WOODS – Birds & Butterflies

Thurs, Aug 18 at 6:30 pm • HIGH PARK – Evening Ramble

Leader: Wendy Rothwell. Meet at the park entrance at Bloor St W and High Park Ave for a circular walk to look at wildflowers. Some unpaved trails and slopes.

Sat, Aug 20 at 10:00 am • CHATSWORTH RAVINE – Nature Walk

Leader: Nancy Dengler. Meet at the southeast corner of Yonge St and Lawrence Ave by Locke Library for a 2-hr circular walk with some stairs, mostly unpaved surfaces, mainly flat with gentle slopes. Washrooms at start of walk.

Sun, Aug 21 at 2:00 pm • A LATE SUMMER TOUR OF ROUGE PARK – Lost Rivers

Leaders: Parks Canada Staff and Lost Rivers leaders. Meet at the Twyn Rivers parking lot on Twyn Rivers Dr, 1.5 km east of Sheppard Ave E (after the second bridge). Car-pooling is recommended, as the parking lot gets full, and the nearest bus stop is at the Sheppard-Twyn Rivers intersection. We will hike Little Rouge Creek, a river whose course from the headwaters on Oak Ridges Moraine is the least developed of GTA rivers. A circular 4.5-km hike on unpaved park trails. Washrooms available at the walk's mid-point at the Rouge Park Welcome Centre. A joint outing with Toronto Green Community.

Tues, Aug 23 • LOST CREEKS IN THE BEACH – Evening Ramble

Wed, Aug 24 • WEEDS PART 4

Sat, Aug 27 • MORNINGSIDE PARK – Plants & Fungi

Sun, Aug 28 at 1:30 pm • FOOD, WATER & THE EVOLUTION OF DINNER – Nature & Heritage

Leaders: Paul Overy and Helen Mills. Meet at the Christie St entrance to Wychwood Artscape Barns, 601 Christie St, for a linear walk on mostly paved surfaces, mainly flat with gentle slopes and no stairs. About 2.5 hrs. Explore the evolving past, present and possible future relationship between water and food in the area of the headwaters of lost Garrison Creek. Rediscover the fundamental role of water in relation to food, learn something about the water footprint of the food we eat, and make some surprising connections with local lost rivers. Along the way we will walk through a neighbourhood that was once a giant orchard, and discover that many fruit trees still grow there. Mostly along city streets, ending near St Clair Ave W and Winona Dr. Washrooms at beginning of walk.

Wed, Aug 31 at 1:30 pm • SWANSEA, HIGH PARK – Nature & Heritage

Leader: Ed Freeman. Meet at the northwest corner of Windermere Ave and The Queensway for a 2-hr linear walk on mostly paved surfaces, flat with some steep slopes and stairs. We will walk past old ponds and observe the problems they present and the transformation from an industrial centre to residential housing, and enjoy nature within High Park. End at Grenadier Restaurant and return home from High Park subway station. Bring curiosity.
Other Walks
  • Wide brimmed hat for sun protection.
  • Long pants to protect your legs from thistles, poison ivy & ticks.
  • Water, sun screen and insect repellent.
  • Hiking boots or running shoes.

Guidelines for Participants
  • Read the Naturalists' Code of Ethics.
  • Outings go rain or shine. Check the weather to know what to wear.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult. Not all terrain is suitable for a stroller.
  • Stay on the paths. Do not pick or collect specimens.
  • Do not bring pets.
  • Please thoroughly clean your footwear before each outing to avoid spreading invasive seeds.
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