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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


Sat, July 8 • CAWTHRA PARK – Nature Walk

Sun, July 9 at 1:00 pm • CENTENNIAL PARK – Nature Walk

Leader: Claire Bergeron. Meet outside the LCBO at Burnhamthorpe Mall. From Islington subway station take Burnhamthorpe bus # 50 and get off at Old Burnhamthorpe Rd just past Renforth Rd. You need to cross the street to the mall. Washrooms are open in Centennial Park at the Conservatory/Greenhouse (approx. 20 min. from beginning of walk). This is a 2 hour circular walk.

Wed, July 12 • TREES & ARCHITECTURE 1 – Evening Ramble


Sat, July 15 at 1:30 pm • TWO CREEKS & A RIVER IN NORTH YORK – Nature Walk

Leader: Alexander Cappell. Meet at the southeast corner of Steeles Ave. E. and Laureleaf Rd (midway between Bayview and Leslie) for a linear walk on mostly unpaved and uneven surfaces with gentle and some steep slopes. We'll follow the ravine edge of the Bestview Creek erosion gully down into the valley of German Mills Creek which will take us to the valley of the East Don River which will take us south to the Finch hydro corridor and its bike path which will take us up and out to a coffee shop at Bayview and Cummer. Washrooms at end of walk.


Leaders: John Wilson and Jason Ramsay-Brown. Meet at the southwest corner of Warden Ave and St. Clair Ave E. across from the subway station for a circular walk of 3.5 km through one of Toronto's most spectacular ravines. Thousands see it from the subway but few experience it close-hand with expert commentary. Washrooms available in subway station. Expect some steep slopes and uneven trails.

Tues, July 18 • EGLINTON FLATS – Nature & Heritage

Wed, July 19 • TREES & ARCHITECTURE 2 – Evening Ramble

Tues, July 25 • WOODBINE PARK TO KEW GARDENS – Evening Ramble

Sat, July 22 at 10:00 am • FORKS OF THE DON CIRCLE TRIP – Nature Walk

Leader: Margaret McRae. Meet at the northeast corner of Beechwood Drive and O'Connor Drive for a circle trip to the Forks of the Don. Bring lunch and drinking water. Rough dirt trails in one direction and paved in the other direction. Washroom at E.T. Seton Park where we will have lunch.

Sun, July 23 • HUMBER RIVER – Nature Walk

Wed, July 26 • WEEDS PART 3

Sat, July 29 • G. ROSS LORD PARK FROM WEST TO EAST – Nature Walk

Sun, July 30 at 1:00 pm • RESTORATION & CITIZEN SCIENCE IN THE DON VALLEY – Nature Walk

Leader: Jason Ramsay-Brown. Meet at the corner of Beechwood Drive and O'Connor Drive for a 4 km circular walk and visit the Beechwood Wetland, Sun Valley and Cottonwood Flats, the site of the TFN's latest ecological monitoring program. Discover how the industrial legacy of the Don Valley has been transformed into natural heritage. Bring water, camera, binoculars, and curiosity. No washrooms.
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.
  • Share your pictures on social media with the hashtag #TFNWalk