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Guests are welcome at our events!
Receiving full information about walks is a benefit of membership. We publicize information on about 2 walks per month for anyone 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 - 2015 & 2016

Sat, Jan 30 at 2pm • TORONTO BELTLINE – Nature Walk

Leader: John Bacher. Meet at the southwest corner of Yonge St and Chaplin Cres outside Davisville subway station (map) for a circular walk to the Allen Expressway on mostly flat and unpaved surfaces. No washrooms.

Wed, Feb 3 at 9:45am • TORONTO ISLANDS – Birds

Leader: Doug Paton. Meet at the ferry docks at the foot of Bay St in time for the 10:00 am ferry to Wards Island. Bring lunch, binoculars, water and money for ferry.

Tues, Feb 9 at 10am • PAN AM VILLAGE – Heritage

Leader: Linda McCaffrey. Meet at the southwest corner of Jarvis and Front Streets (map) for a linear, 7 km walk on mostly paved surfaces with some stairs. Starting at the St. Lawrence Market we will walk along the Esplanade through the St. Lawrence neighbourhood, past the site of Upper Canada's first Parliament buildings [burnt by our American cousins in 1813] through the Gooderham and Worts complex, past the historic Palace Hotel Building, into the Panam Village which will be assuming a new role as residences for George Brown College, into Corktown Common and across the Queen St bridge over the Don to the Broadview Hotel which is being restored, having deteriorated somewhat during its sojourn as Jillys. Here we disband. Take the Broadview bus to the subway. Washrooms at beginning. Bring binoculars. We may see hawks. Wear warm layered clothing.

Sat, Feb 13 • HUMBER BAY PARK EAST – Winter Trees & Birds

Tues, Feb 16 at 10am • HUMBER BAY PARK EAST – Birds

Leader: Anne Powell. Meet at the southwest corner of Lakeshore Blvd West and Park Lawn Road for a circular walk on flat surface. Dress for winter conditions and bring icers if icy conditions exist. Morning only. No washrooms.

Sat, Feb 20 • CROTHERS WOODS – Winter Tree & Shrub Walk

Sun, Feb 21 at 2pm • GARDENS & PARKS, FOOD & SHELTER, CROOKSHANK & SUMAC CREEKS – Lost Rivers Walk

Leaders: Helen Mills, John Wilson and friends. Meet at the front steps of the Allan Gardens Conservatory (map). A linear walk to Daniels Spectrum on a food and shelter theme. Regent Park Community Food Centre and themes for Black History Month will be featured along the way. Washrooms at start and finish of the walk. A joint outing with Toronto Green Community.

Tues, Feb 23 • HASTINGS CREEK – Heritage/Nature Walk & Lost Creek

Sat, Feb 27 at 1:15pm • NATURE IN THE CITY – Flora & Fauna in Sculpture & Architecture

Leader: Ed Freeman. Meet at the northwest corner of College St. and University Ave. (map) for a 2 hour linear walk on paved surfaces with some stairs. We walk south to Queen St., east to Yonge St. and southerly through Scotia Plaza and onto PATH to Brookfield Place and Royal York Hotel. Bring enthusiasm and dress for cold weather.
Other Walks
  • Layered clothing is a must for winter hiking.
  • Make sure your head and hands are warm.
  • Wear warm non-slip boots and consider using Icers.
  • Stick together with the group.
  • A thermos with a hot drink is a good idea!

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.