Past Walks

Rain or shine and health protocols permitting, the Academy’s trusty band of walk leaders lead groups of members and guests as they venture forth to explore Toronto’s ravines, markets, urban art, historic buildings, cemeteries and green spaces.

Holiday Walk – Monday, December 18, 2023 at 3:00 pm

During this holiday walk, we’ll be starting from St. Clair and Yonge and walking through Moore Park, Rosedale and Yorkville. Join us as we enjoy the holiday displays.

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James Gardens Walk – Monday, November 20, 2023 at 1:00 pm

Start: 1:00 PM

Leader: Donna Oke

Meet: Old Mill Subway Station

Route: James Gardens is a former estate on the West Bank of the Humber River. It is known for its flower gardens, terraced stone pathways beside sparkling spring-fed pools and streams and mature trees.

These Gardens were donated by the James family to the City of Toronto and the original home ‘Red Gables’ sits at the summit and exists today.

Flat fairly long walk with one steep hill at the end.

We will then walk along Edenbridge Drive to Royal York and walk or catch a bus to Royal York Subway Station.

Refreshment Stop (around 3):  Fox and John’s Pub and Restaurant, 2199 Bloor Street West

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Summerhill Walk – Monday, November 6, 2023 at 1:00 pm

Start: 1:00 pm

Leader: Donna Oke

Meet: Across from Summerhill Subway Station

Route: Through Summerhill area: Summerhill is named after a house built in 1842 by Canadian Transportation magnate Charles Thompson. Thompson established the ‘SummerHill Park and Pleasure Grounds’. The name is derived from Old English “somer hyll” enoting a hill used for summer grazing.

This walk is very pretty and consists of some hills and dales.

Refreshment Stop (around 3): Quail and Firkin, 1055 Yonge Street

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Halloween Walk – Monday, October 30, 2023 at 3:00 pm

Start: 3:00 pm

Leader: Rene Laukat

Meet: Ramsden Park, across from TTC Rosedale Subway Station

Route: Rosedale Community ghoulish displays including Cluny Drive, South Road & Hawthorne, passing through Craigleigh Gardens past Castle Frank to Cabbagetown

Dinner: Stout Irish Pub, 221 Carlton St., around 5 pm

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Humber River Walk – Tuesday, October 17, 2023 at 10:00 am (Fall Walk)

Start: 11:00 am

Leader: Rene Laukat

Meet: Chester Subway Station.

Route: TTC Chester Station through Riverdale, Corktown & Distillery to the Esplanade.

Lunch: Old Spaghetti Factory at 55 The Esplanade.

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Join Fellow Academy Members for Fall Walks!

Fall walks have been added! Join fellow Academy members to explore interesting locations around Toronto! Walks are free for Academy members.

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Riverdale, Corktown, Distillery Walk – Monday, September 11, 2023 at 11:00 am (Fall Walk)

Start: 11:00 am

Leader: Rene Laukat

Meet: Chester Subway Station.

Route: TTC Chester Station through Riverdale, Corktown & Distillery to the Esplanade.

Lunch: Old Spaghetti Factory at 55 The Esplanade.

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Peaceful Downtown Places Walk  – Tuesday, September 5, 2023 at 11:00 am (Fall Walk)

Start: 11:00 am

Leader: Simon Pearson

Meet: St. James Cathedral (Church and Adelaide: walking distance from the King TTC station)

Route: Starting at St. James Cathedral and  ending up at Trinity Square behind the Eaton Centre.

Lunch: TBD

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Rosedale Walk – Tuesday, August 22, 2023 at 11:00 am

Start: 11:00 am

Leader: Donna Oke

Meet: Rosedale Subway Station.

Route: This is a circular walk. We will walk the winding streets to Chorley Park and back to Rosedale Station.  Rosedale was initially named by Mary Botsford Jarvis referring to the varieties and abundance of Roses grown in the area in the 1820’s.

Lunch: Rebel House, 1068 Yonge Street

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Goodman Waterside Trail Walk from Ferry Docks to Ontario Place – Monday, August 14, 2023 at 11:00 am

Start: 11:00 am

Leader: Rene Laukat

Meet: Lower Bay St. & Queen’s Quay

Route: Goodman Waterfront Trail from Ferry Docks to Trillium Park (Ont. Place) via Love Park and X-Hotel

Lunch: Brazen Head Irish Pub, 165 East Liberty Street, Liberty Village

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