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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

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.

Wed, Mar 1 • COLONEL SAMUEL SMITH PARK – Birds

Sat, Mar 4 • TWIG IDENTIFICATION – Workshop

Wed, Mar 8 at 10:00 am • A WALK IN OLD YORK – History & Architecture

Leader: Ed Freeman. Meet at the northeast corner of King St and Church St for a circular walk on mostly paved surfaces, mainly flat. No washrooms. We will walk from St James Cathedral east to Frederick St, south to The Esplanade and back to St James. Bring curiosity. Morning only.

Sat, Mar 11 at 10:00 am • SCARBOROUGH BLUFFS – Geology & Winter Birds

Leaders: Anne and Jim Purvis. Meet at the Doris McCarthy trailhead at Bellehaven Cres for a linear walk on mostly paved surfaces, flat with some steep slopes. We will walk south through the forest to the Passage and look west to the highest point along the Bluffs noting the layers of glacial deposits. We will then walk east along the waterfront trail past Sylvan Park where we can see examples of cross-bedding in the Scarborough formation, the holes of bank swallows and possibly winter ducks. Finally we'll climb the cliff up to Guildwood. Wear good boots and bring binoculars. Can be chilly at the lake, so wear warm clothes. Morning only.

Tues, Mar 14 • G ROSS LORD PARK AND/OR BARTLEY SMITH GREENWAY – Nature Walk

Sat, Mar 18 at 10:00 am • MARIE CURTIS PARK – Nature & Heritage

Leader: Ken Sproule. Meet in the parking lot at the east side of Marie Curtis Park for a 2-hour circular walk. Level ground on paved and unpaved paths. Take #508 Lakeshore streetcar or the GO train to Long Branch. Walk down 42nd St to the parking lot.

Sun, Mar 19 • CELEBRATE WORLD WATER DAY ON CASTLE FRANK BROOK – Lost Rivers

Leaders: Helen Mills and friends. Meet at Winchester St and Sumach St, Riverdale Park West. This year the theme for World Water Day is "There is no such thing as waste water; only water wasted." On this walk we explore secret pathways into the Castle Frank Ravine and a tiny tributary that was once a channel for waste water from Lamb's Glue Factory. We will talk about the water cycle in the city and emerging circular design approaches and economies. Some steps and possible icy conditions.

Wed, Mar 22 at 10:00 am • SMALL'S POND & SIMPSON'S GARDENS – Nature & History

Leader: Joanne Doucette. Meet at the southeast corner of Queen St and Coxwell Ave for a circular walk to explore the nature and history of Small's Pond and the neighbourhood. Please wear icers if it is slippery. Morning only.

Sat, Mar 25 • LESLIE STREET SPIT – Birds, Insects & Plants

Thurs, Mar 30 at 10:00 am • HIGH PARK – Birds

Leader: Doug Paton. Meet at the park entrance at Bloor St W and High Park Ave for a circular walk. Bring binoculars. 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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