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.
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.
Thurs, Dec 21 at 10 am – GARRISON CREEK
Leader: Doug Paton. Meet at Christie Pits Park across from Christie subway station for a linear walk ending at the lake.
Sat, Dec 23 at 10 am – LESLIE STREET SPIT, TOMMY THOMPSON PARK
Leader: Charles Bruce-Thompson. Meet at the park entrance at the foot of Leslie St for a circular walk along the peninsula. Depending on the weather, we shall walk at least as far as the bridge on Cell 3, returning by way of the eastern trail around cells 1, 2 & 3. About 3 hours. Washrooms available. You can drop out at any point and head back along the road. Bring binoculars and lunch if intending to stay for the entire walk. Take the #83 bus from Donlands subway station to Commissioners and Leslie. Parking available.
Thurs, Dec 28 at 10:30 am – GLEN STEWART RAVINE
Leader: Joanne Doucette. Meet at the northwest corner of Queen St E and Glen Manor Dr for a linear walk with mostly unpaved and uneven surfaces and some steep slopes and stairs. Washrooms at end of walk.
Thurs, Jan 4 • TAKE THE BELTLINE TO CALEDONIA – Nature & Heritage
Sat, Jan 6 at 10 am • CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT FOR KIDS (OF ALL AGES!) – Birds
Leaders: Anne Purvis and Bob Kortright. Meet at the Church of the Resurrection at 1100 Woodbine Ave. for a slide show of over-wintering ducks that we will see in Lake Ontario, and winter songbirds. Travel by car to the Leslie Street Spit for a circular bird hike through the Bottomlands and over to the Outer Harbour on mainly flat surfaces. Kids of all Ages welcome! Dress warmly and bring binoculars. Children must be accompanied by adults. Adults provide transportation. Carpooling available.
Sat, Jan 6 • TAYLOR CREEK PARK – Wetlands & Forests in Winter
Wed, Jan 10 at 10 am – COXWELL RAVINE & TAYLOR CREEK PARKS
Leader: Paul Abell. Meet at the upper benches in Cullen Bryant Park just north of O'Connor Dr and Coxwell Blvd for a circular walk with stairs and mostly unpaved and uneven surfaces with some steep slopes. While walking the informal and formal trails of Coxwell Ravine Park and the downstream portion of Taylor Creek Park, we will learn about the ravine's trees and ways we can decipher them in the field by observing their bark and buds. No leaves required! Bring binoculars and magnifying glasses. Dress accordingly for the weather. Please be aware the snow on the trails in Coxwell Ravine and Taylor Creek Parks is often compacted by multiple users, slippery and, depending on the weather, very icy. Ice cleats for winter or trekking-boots are strongly recommended. Snowshoes and trekking poles can also be helpful.
Sat, Jan 13 • TAYLOR CREEK & EAST DON – Twigs, Tracks & Winter Weeds
Thurs, Jan 18 at 9:45 am – TORONTO ISLANDS
Leader: Doug Paton. Meet at the ferry docks at the foot of Bay St in time for the 10 am ferry to Ward's Island. You can buy ferry tickets online. Bring lunch.
Sat, Jan 20 • TAYLOR MASSEY CREEK – Winter Birding
Thurs, Jan 25 • LOWER DON TRAIL – Nature Walk
Sat, Jan 27 at 10 am – E.T. SETON, SERENA GUNDY & SUNNYBROOK PARKS
Leader: Ken Sproule. Meet in the parking lot at the entrance to Wilket Creek Park on Leslie Street just north of Eglinton Ave E for a circular walk of approximately 2 hrs through E T Seton, Serena Gundy and Sunnybrook parks on mostly unpaved trails. Possibly some hills to climb, not too steep. Bring binoculars. Winter conditions.
Wed, Jan 31 at 10 am – CEDARVALE RAVINE
Leader: Miles Hearn. Meet at the north entrance to St Clair West subway station on Tichester Rd just east of Bathurst St for an easy circular walk on a paved trail.