Our walks are on rain or shine and free.
Sunday, April 15, 2018, 2 pm - Garrison Creek Water Walk (Queen to the Lake) Join the Rivers Rising Ambassadors as we celebrate water and Lost Garrison Creek a week before the day - Earth Day 2018. The Earth Day 2018 theme is “Plastic Pollution” so bring your water bottle, and wear blue as we embody the watercycle and carry water along the course of Lost Garrison Creek to the lake. Stops along the way include the Wall of Oblivion, the smelter, the blood sewer, the most polluted quay at the lake, and the fish habitat restoration project at Spadina Quay. And of course lots of plastic stories!
Walk leaders, Darlene King, Helen Mills
Meet at the northwest corner of Gore Vale Ave and Queen St West. Walk is approx 2.5 km and ends at Spadina Quay. Mostly on city streets with a few stairs and uneven surfaces.
Sunday, May 20, 2018, 2:00 pm – Garrison Creek from St Clair Ave to Christie and Bloor – the western boundary of the Core Circle. Part of a series of walks on the Core Circle, a blue-green liminal zone around the city’s downtown Core as defined by Toronto City Planning. This 2.6 km walk begins outside the boundaries of the Core Circle with a trip down the Lake Iroquois Shorecliff, the northern boundary of the Circle. Some familiar and some new stories along this less travelled part of the creek south to Bloor. Meet at 213 Winona Dr (one block north of St Clair). Walk Leaders, Helen Mills and Friends.
Sunday June 17, 2018, 2:00 pm – Waterfront: Spadina Quay to Sugar Beech. Part of a series of walks on the Core Circle, a blue-green liminal zone around the city’s downtown Core as defined by Toronto City Planning. Connecting from the April walk on Garrison Creek south, we continue east along the lake for 2 km. Fish tales at Spadina Quay, the Deep Lake Cooling Project, the wave decks and what lies below them, early maps and images that show the details of the shoreline 200 years ago, the story of sugar. Meet at Spadina Quay (Queen’s Quay West at the bottom of Spadina. Walk Leaders, Helen Mills and Friends.
Sunday, July 15, 2018, 2:00 pm – Eastern Waterfront: Sugar Beech to Corktown Common. Part of a series of walks on the Core Circle, a blue-green liminal zone around the city’s downtown Core as defined by Toronto City Planning. Meet on the south side of Queen’s Quay, just east of Lower Jarvis, for a walk through Sugar Beech, Sherbourne Common, the First Parliament site, West Don Lands and Corktown Common, all crown jewels of our Waterfront Revitalization initiative. Walk for 2 km on level pavement with plenty of comfort facilities, led by Helen Mills and John Wilson.
Sunday, August 19, 2018, 2:00 pm – Port Lands: New Mouth of the Don River. Part of a series of walks on the Core Circle, a blue-green liminal zone around the city’s downtown Core as defined by Toronto City Planning. Meet at the Cherry Beech TTC stop, foot of Cherry Street for a walk to see the exciting progress creating a new Don River mouth, past future Villiers Island to Corktown Common. See the excavation for the new river course and landfilling for future Promontory Park. Walk for 3 km on level pavement with comfort facilities at start and end points, led by John Wilson and friends.
Plans for walks are constantly being developed. We welcome your suggestions for interesting walks. Maybe you might like to lead a walk. Send your suggestion to: The Streamwalker.
NOTE to leaders of walks who plan to bring their groups to join one of our walks. While we always welcome more people to our walks, it would be appreciated if you would make arrangements with the walk leader well before hand. Adding a significant number of people (eight or more) at the last minute can make it difficult to see that all get the benefit of the walk You can e-mail The Streamwalker and he will attempt to get you in touch with the walk leader so you can make special arrangements.
No charge is made for Lost River Walks. Toronto Green Community and Toronto Field Naturalists provide these and other walks and events as a public service. If you would like to support the work of these organizations, you may join TFN or TGC. Information on joining is provided by walk leaders or you may check their websites: Toronto Field Naturalists or Toronto Green Community.
For further information
The Toronto Field Naturalists, 2 Carlton Street, #1519, Toronto, ON. M5B 1J3 Phone: (416) 593-2656 Web Site: http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org
Friends of the Don East (FODE), Calendar on Web Site: Calendar
Taylor Massey Project. http://www.thetmp.org/
Toronto Bay Initiative call 416-598-2277 or check the Toronto Bay Initiative web site.