Our walks are on rain or shine and free.
Sunday, August 20, 2017, 2 pm – Betty Sutherland Trail: Lowlands, Uplands and Mysteries. Walk with John Wilson, Lost Rivers, and Jason Ramsay-Brown, author of Toronto’s Ravines and Urban Forests, along a remarkable trail that displays the resilience of nature on the East Don River as it skirts Highway 401. Discover and learn about ruined mills, energy sources from an era not far removed from our carbon-challenged present. A linear walk of 2.5 km. starting on the southeast corner of Sheppard and Leslie, across from the subway station, ending at a TTC bus stop on Don Mills near York Mills. Washrooms at the start and within walking distance of the end. Expect some steep slopes and uneven trails.
Sunday, July 16, 2017, 2 pm – Warden Woods: Landscape, Watercourses and the Urban Forest. Join John Wilson, Lost Rivers, and Jason Ramsay-Brown, author of Toronto’s Ravines and Urban Forests, for a walk through one of the Toronto’s most spectacular ravines. Thousands see it from the subway, but few experience it close-hand with expert commentary. Circular walk of 3.5 km. starting at the southwest corner of Warden and St. Clair, across from the subway station. Washrooms available at the start/end location in subway station. Expect some steep slopes and uneven trails.
Sunday June 18, 2017, 2 PM
Lost Neighbourhoods, Lost Ecosystems - unearthing stories of land and people in St James Town
Join the Rivers Rising Ambassadors for a fascinating journey into the past, present, and possible future of St James Town. How forests became a neighbourhood, and how that neighbourhood got re-developed to become the densest most diverse part of Toronto - the world in a few city blocks. Heritage, water, trees, gardens, food security, climate change, and of course the story of nearby lost rivers - Castle Frank Brook, Crookshank Creek and Sumac Creek.
Linear walk mainly on city streets. Walk Leaders: Helen Mills and the St Jamestown Rivers Rising Ambassadors Meet outside Sherbourne Subway
Sunday May 21 2017 2 pm Unearthing Stories of (almost) Lost Spring Creek - Blue Green City Part II Starting at SW corner of Dundas St W and Indian Grove, we follow the ravine systems of Spring Creek from its edges at Dundas down to its re-emergence as a dayling watercourse in High Park. Led by Richard Anderson and friends. Washroom facilities in commercial venues en route. A linear walk of about 3 km. on city streets and park paths. TTC access on # 40 Junction bus from Dundas West station. Keele St. is one block west of starting point. Walk ends near High Park streetcar loop, within walking distance of Keele station.
Saturday April 22, 2 PM Unearthing Stories of Lost Wendigo Creek - Blue Green City for Earth Day Green 13 (http://www.green13toronto.org/) and Toronto Green Community celebrate Earth Day with a walk along the path of lost Wendigo Creek. Along the way we will discover what happened to Wendigo Creek, where the water is now, and learn about the idea of a Blue Green City - how people are getting together to help re-make a more natural water cycle one garden and one park at a time.
Walk is mostly on paved trails and city streets - some pathways and steep slopes in High Park. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Washrooms available at High Park
Meet at Malta Park, Dundas St West and St John’s Road. Walk Leaders: Gib Goodfellow, member of the West Toronto Junction Historical Society and lifetime resident; Helen Mills of Toronto Green Community’s RAINscapeTO and Lost Rivers
Sunday Apr 16 2017, 2 PM Spring Frolic in Taylor Creek Ravine With Spring in the air and in our step, we’ll walk and talk about water features, lost and restored, and living things, resident and transient, in Taylor Creek ravine. Join us at the Victoria Park subway for a meandering linear walk through the Goulding Estate and ending at Stan Wadlow Park, Cosburn and Woodbine. Washrooms at the beginning and end of the route. Leaders: John Wilson and Helen Mills. —
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.