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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, Jan 14 at 10:00 am • ASHBRIDGES BAY – Waterfowl

Leaders: Jim and Petra Grass. Meet at the southwest corner of Lake Shore Blvd E and Coxwell Ave for a circular walk. Bring binoculars. Morning only. No washrooms.

Sun, Jan 15 at 2:00 pm • PARKDALE IN THE WINTER – Lost Rivers

Leaders: Helen Mills with members of Greenest City, First Story Toronto and the Rivers Rising Ambassadors. Meet at Masaryk Park, 220 Cowan Ave, south of Queen St W. Stories of people, gardens, lost ponds and rivers. Learn about the amazing work of Greenest City and others in the neighbourhood. Meet the Rivers Rising Ambassadors and share your local stories. Circular walk ending at a warm site across from Masaryk Park.

Thurs, Jan 19 at 10:00 am • HUMBER BAY PARK EAST – Birds

Leader: Doug Paton. Meet at the southwest corner of Lake Shore Blvd W and Park Lawn Rd for a circular walk. No washrooms. Morning only.

Sat, Jan 21 • ALLAN GARDENS – Botany of Tropical Plants

Thurs, Jan 26 • WILKET CREEK – Nature Walk

Sat, Jan 28 at 10:00 am • TAYLOR CREEK PARK – Winter Plant Identification

Leader: Stephen Smith. Meet at the southeast corner Don Mills Rd and Overlea Blvd for a circular walk on mostly unpaved surfaces with some gentle slopes. We'll look at plants in winter condition at the west end of Taylor Creek Park and the forks of the Don. We may see winter birds and signs of mammals. We will look at stewardship work done by Scouts Canada and the Elevated Wetlands sculpture. Wear sturdy footwear as trails may be icy with slippery slopes. Bring warm drinks, binoculars, hand lens, tree and shrub book, notepad and pen. No washrooms.

Wed, Feb 1 • COLONEL SAMUEL SMITH PARK – Birds

Wed, Feb 8 at 10:00 am • ASHBRIDGE'S BAY – Birds

Leader: Anne Powell. Meet at the southwest corner of Lake Shore Blvd E and Coxwell Ave for a circular walk on mostly paved surfaces. Bring binoculars and dress for winter conditions.

Sat, Feb 11 • CENTENNIAL PARK CONSERVATORY – Tropical Plants

Thurs, Feb 16 at 1:00 pm • NATURE IN THE CITY – Flora & Fauna in Sculpture & Architecture

Leader: Ed Freeman. Meet at the northwest corner of University Ave and College St for a linear walk. We will walk along streets and through buildings along the way to Front St observing how nature has been portrayed.

Sat, Feb 18 at 10:30 am • LOWER DON VALLEY – Nature Walk

Leader: Margaret McRae. Meet outside the Dairy Queen at the northwest corner of Broadview Ave and Pottery Rd. We will visit Todmorden Mills Wildflower Preserve and the lower Don Valley. Long paved hills getting into and out of the valley, otherwise reasonably flat. Walk will end at Beechwood Dr and O'Connor Dr. No washrooms.

Sun, Feb 19 at 2:00 pm • BLACK HISTORY CELEBRATION WALK: HUBBARDS, BLACKBURNS & MORE – Lost Rivers

Leader: John Wilson and friends. In honour of Black History Month, Lost River Walks joins with the Ontario Black History Society, West Don Lands Committee and TFN to remember the accomplishments of African–Canadian community–builders by walking along the lower Don River. Meet at Hubbard Park (Gerrard St just west of Broadview), named for William Peyton (W.P.) Hubbard. We will proceed along city streets to the Lucie and Thornton Blackburn Conference Centre at Cherry and Eastern in the new West Don Lands. There a representative of OBHS will recount the story of the Blackburns. Walk follows a linear route with washrooms available at beginning and end.

Wed, Feb 22 • ROSEDALE RAVINES IN WINTER – Trees

Sat, Feb 25 at 10:00 am • MOUNT PLEASANT CEMETERY – Trees

Leader: D Andrew White. Meet at Davisville subway station for a circular walk. Morning only.
Other Walks
  • Layered clothing is a must in winter.
  • Keep your head and hands are warm.
  • Wear warm non-slip boots.
  • Consider using Icers for extra grip.
  • 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.
  • Share your pictures on social media with the hashtag #TFNWalk
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