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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, Sept 3 • LAKE IROQUOIS SHORELINE – Nature Walk

Mon, Sept 5 at 10 am • ASHBRIDGE'S BAY & EASTERN BEACHES – Toilet to Tap

Leader: Bob Kortright. Meet at the southeast corner of Eastern Ave. and Coxwell Ave. End at Queen St. E. and Neville Park Blvd.

Wed, Sept 7 at 10:30 am • SMALL'S CREEK AND SMALL'S POND – Nature & Heritage

Leader: Joanne Doucette. Meet at the Fairford Parkette at the south west corner of Upper Gerrard St. E. and Fairford Ave for a linear on mostly unpaved and uneven surfaces with gentle slopes and some steep slopes and some stairs. Small's Creek flows through Williamson's Ravine, disappears underground into the storm sewer system. A series of parks lie over the creek and Small's Pond. The area is also the site of a haunted house which became home to the Toronto Golf Club.

Sat, Sept 10 • BOTANY HILL – Nature Walk

Thurs, Sept 15 • TORONTO ISLAND – Nature Walk

Sat, Sept 17 • HUMBER ARBORETUM – Plants, Insects & Birds


Leaders: Dr. John Wilson, Don River advocate, and friends. This walk will search for lost manufactured watercourses – the mill races of the Lower (Todmorden) Mills and Middle Mill, along with other hidden remains of the industrial heritage that shaped the Don River Valley. Meet at Todmorden Mills Museum (67 Pottery Road, just west of Broadview) for a linear walk ending at Beechwood Drive and O'Connor. Public washrooms available at the starting location only. TTC access on Broadview. Paved trails with some uneven ground.

Tues, Sept 20 • MOUNT PLEASANT CEMETERY – Trees for Beginners

Sat, Sept 24 at 1 pm • BRICKWORKS & MOORE PARK – Family Walk

Leader: Jason Ramsay-Brown. Kids, parents, caregivers and friends, come and join the TFN as we explore Brick Works Park and the Moore Park ravine. Learn about some of the amazing animals and plants that call the Don Valley home, discover history told by rocks and water, and so much more. We'll meet at the Weston Family Quarry Garden sign by the east pond (behind the Evergreen Farmers is Market). Walk will be roughly 2km, ending up at Moore Ave. near Bayview Ave. Some steep hills and uneven ground. Bring water, your camera, and your curiosity! You can get to the Brick Works via Evergreen's shuttle from Broadview station, or via the 28 Bayview South bus from Davisville subway station (which can also be used to return to the Brick Works following the walk if you don't wish to walk back.)

Sun, Sept 25 • HIGH PARK – Asters, Goldenrods & Nature in Fall

Wed, Sept 28 at 10 am • HUMBER RIVER SOUTH – Birds

Leader: Doug Paton. Meet at the Old Mill subway station for a linear walk ending near the lake at the Humber Loop. Bring binoculars. Morning only.
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.