Upcoming 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.

Walk participants share what they know about the city’s neighbourhoods, learn from the walk leaders, and “debrief” over a well-earned lunch. Polish up your walking boots and limber up those legs for the Academy walks.

Walks are free for Academy members.

June 2023 Walks

Wychwood Park, Casa Loma, Spadina Gardens - Monday, June 5, 2023

Start: 11:00 am

Leader: Rene Laukat

Meet: Loblaw's 396 St. Clair West ( TTC St. Clair WEST )

Lunch: The Quail: A Firkin Pub, 1055 Yonge St.


Humber North - Tuesday, June 13, 2023

Start: 11:00 am

Leader: Josie Szczasiuk

Meet: Old Mill Subway; North on west side to Dundas bridge and back to Jane/Bloor’s Dark Horse Pub

Lunch:  Dark Horse pub, 2401 Bloor St. west


Toronto Island  - Tuesday, June 27, 2023

Start: 10:30 to catch ferry

Leader: Donna Oke

Meet/Route: Meet at Ferry Dock at 10:30 to catch 10:40 Ferry to Centre Island (Tickets are $5.86 Seniors; Available on-line or at Dock Wickets)

View Gardens on Centre Island and walk boardwalk to Olympic Island and finally lunch at Riviera Restaurant ….at Ward’s Island.

Ferries leave Ward’s Island at
1:45.  2:15. 2:45…..3:45


July 2023 Walks

Ryerson (TMU) to Rosedale: A Historical Wandering - Tuesday, July 4, 2023

Start: 11:00 am

Leader: Simon Pearson

Meet: TMU (Ryerson) Campus  outside Heaslip House, 297 Victoria Street just north of Dundas (Dundas Subway).

This walk is centred on the Church and Wellesley neighbourhood.  We will start near Yonge-Dundas Square, and end at the Rosedale subway.  You might expect such a walk to be mainly on Yonge and/or Church Streets, but almost all of it is indirect, on back and side streets, through quadrangles, parks, parkettes, and even a ravine, with many unexpected pleasures on the route.

Lunch:  The Rebel House pub near the Rosedale Subway Station


Glen Steward Ravine, Beaches Boardwalk - Monday, July 10, 2023

Start: 11:00 am

Leader: Rene Laukat

Meet: TTC Main Station

Lunch:  The Stone Lion, 1958 Queen St. East


Islington Murals - Tuesday, July 18, 2023

Start: 10:30  am

Leader: Donna Oke

Meet: Outside Islington Subway Station East side; Northeast corner Bloor and Islington

We will walk through Tom Riley Park in the Valley of Mimico Creek to Montgomery Inn where a BIA Volunteer will start our Islington Murals Tour at 11 a.m.

Parking is available at this site.

Lunch:  St. James Gate Irish Pub, 5140 Dundas Street West


Humber South - Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Start: 11:00 am

Leader: Josie Szczasiuk

Meet: Old Mill Subway;  the route proceeds south along the west side of the Humber River, mainly along paved parkland (although there is a short stretch through a residential area), to the shore of Lake Ontario and continues west along the shoreline

Lunch:  Eden Trattoria on Marine Parade Drive (indoor/outdoor seating and views of the lake).


August 2023 Walks

Queen’s Park Circle: Outside the Circle - Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Start: 11:00 am

Leader: Simon Pearson

Meet: Museum Station

Most of us are fairly familiar with what lies within the Queen’s Park Circle, i.e., the Legislature and its grounds. However, just outside the circle there are many other places of interest, often less well known. This walk wends its way right around the outside of the circle without actually touching it. It includes several gardens, lots of sculptures, parts of the U of T, memorials to firemen and police, underground rivers and much more!

Lunch:  The Duke of York pub  (near St. George Station)


Goodman Waterside Trail from Ferry Docks to Ont. Place – Monday, August 14, 2023

Start: 11 am

Leader: Rene Laukat

Meet: Lower Bay St. & Queen's Quay

Lunch: TBD


Rosedale  – Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Start: 11 am

Leader: Donna Oke

Meet: Rosedale Subway Station. 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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