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.

Spring / Summer Walks

We are still in the process of creating the details for the Walks in the Spring / Summer but we have arranged several dates. Walks are held on Tuesdays.

If you are interested, you may want to add the dates to your calendar.

So we can plan accordingly, please let John Weatherburn (jweatherburn74@gmail.com) know if you are planning on attending any of the walks. Guests are welcome.

 

May

We have moved the Brickworks Walk led by Mike Foss from May 7 to June 11.

 

High Park Walk - Tuesday, May 21 at 11:00 am

Leader: Josie Szczasiuk

Meet: Meet before 11 am at the brick washroom building near the Bloor Street/High Park (near High Park TTC or park on West Park Road).

Route/Lunch: The walk encircles much of High Park and ends with a lunch at Grenadier restaurant

 

Cabbagetown to Downtown Walk - Tuesday, May 28 at 11:00 am

Start: 11:00 am

Leader: Rene Laukat

Meet: College Park food Court, lower level Exit TTC College Station

Route: Allan Gardens, Cabbagetown, Corktown, Distillery, Sherbourne Common

Finish:  Jarvis  &  Queens Quay (short walk to Union Station.)

Lunch:  "Irene Restaurant' (formerly 'Abob The Grain" , 25 Dockside Drive (w. lovely view of the Lake & Islands

 

June

Walmer Road Walk (top to bottom including the missing bits) - Tuesday, June 4 at 11:00 am

Start: 11:00 am

Leader: Simon Pearson

Meet: at the Heath Street exit from St Clair West subway.

Route: Walmer Road has some idiosyncrasies. It goes north to south from just above St. Clair down to Bloor. But it’s not continuous or even direct. It’s interrupted by a ravine (Nordheimer), by Casa Loma, and by the railroad; it also has to wiggle sideways at times. So come and explore this interesting road, and we’ll throw in a little bit of Forest Hill Village to add to the fun.

Lunch: The Duke of York Pub. 39 Prince Arthur Avenue.

 

Brickworks Walk - Tuesday, June 11 at 11:00 am

Leader: Mike Foss

Meet: 11:00 am at Summerhill Subway Station.

Route: From Summerhill down the hill to the Brickworks trails.

Lunch: Picnic Cafe at the Brickworks, then take the shuttle bus to Broadview, or continue walking to Rosedale station & have a late lunch (1:30) in that area

 

Humber North Walk - Tuesday, June 25 at 11:00 am

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

 

July

Hogg’s Hollow Walk (Yonge and York Mills area) - Tuesday, July 2 at 11:00 am

Start: 11:00 am

Leader: Ann Garnett

Meet: the SOUTH exit of the York Mills TTC station (i.e. get off at the back end of the train and exit through the turnstile at the south end).

Route: One enters a peaceful oasis - immediately unaware of busy Yonge Street. There are 2 loops making a figure eight. One ends up along a branch of the Don River plus a glimpse of Rosedale Golf Course through a locked gate, alas. The second loop follows the valley under a steep cliff. There are beautiful houses and gardens along both loops.....and we end up at the Miller Tavern.   Many of the original estate homes and beautiful residences of the early to mid-20th century are being demolished in favour of large new homes but there are still many lovely homes to see on our walk.

Lunch: The Miller Tavern (formerly the Jolly Miller Tavern), c. 1857. It was closed for many years but re-opened in 2004 after many battles between developers, the city and historical advocates. Please let us know at least a week before the walk if you plan to join us for lunch so we can make a reservation.

 

Toronto’s Mayors Walk From Muddy York to Megacity; Part 1 - Tuesday, July 9 at 11:00 am

Start: 11:00 am

Leader: Frank Nicholson (Frank has done the mayors tour for Heritage Toronto for three years in a row).

Meet: Starting across the street from St. Lawrence Hall, a five-minute walk or streetcar ride from King Subway Station,

Route: Come watch our city's history unfold through the eyes of six of the chief magistrates who served us between the incorporation of the Town of York as the City of Toronto in 1834 and the amalgamation of the city, its suburbs and Metro in 1998. From St. Lawrence Hall, we will head southeast and wind our way through Old Toronto, stopping at several relevant buildings and sites, including, at the end, St. Lawrence Market on Front.

Lunch: Hothouse, 35 Church St. (at Wellington)

 

Humber Bay Shores Walk - Tuesday, July 16 at 11:00 am

Start: 11:00 am

Leader: Donna Oke

Meet: Meet at Old Mill Subway Station @ 11A.M. to catch the Prince Edward #66 A or B Bus to Lakeshore Boulevard  Bus @ 11:13 as a group. Please be prompt.

Lunch:  Firkin on the Bay, 68 Marine Parade Drive

 

Humber South Walk - Tuesday, July 23 at 11:00 am

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).

 

Pape to Cabbagetown Walk - Tuesday, July 30 at 11:00 am

Start: 11:00 am

Leader: Simon Pearson

Meet: 11:00 a.m. outside Pape Station, northwest corner of Pape and Lipton.

Route: We head down to and through Withrow Park, and then discover the history of the Bain Co-op. On to Riverdale Park East and a quick visit with Dr. Sun-Yat-Sen. A wander round the outside of Bridgepoint and the Old Don Jail. Find a pathway up into Cabbagetown where we’ll experience one of the most attractive small streets in Toronto. And through more of Cabbagetown across to Parliament Street.

Lunch: The House on Parliament, 454 Parliament Street.

 

August

Toronto’s Mayors Walk From Muddy York to Megacity; Part 2 - Tuesday, August 13 at 11:00 am

Start: 11:00 am

Leader: Frank Nicholson

Meet: Starting across the street from St. Lawrence Hall, a five-minute walk or streetcar ride from King Subway Station (same as July 9)

Route: Our study of Toronto history between incorporation in 1834 and amalgamation in 1998 continues by looking at six additional mayors who served during these years. Departing again from across the street from St. Lawrence Hall, we will head northwest toward our iconic City Hall at Queen and Bay, stopping along the way at Toronto’s Cathedral of Methodism, Orange Order headquarters, Old City Hall and other relevant buildings and sites. You will enjoy this outing whether or not you participated in the Part 1 walk on July 9.

Lunch: Imperial Pub  54 Dundas St. East (2 blocks east of Yonge St.)

 

King St. West Neighbourhood - Tuesday, August 20 at 11:00 am

Start: 11:00 am

Leader: Cindy Bromley

Meet: Northwest corner of Spadina and Adelaide (on the Spadina streetcar route).

Route: Discover Toronto’s industrial history with a walk-through the King St. West. Neighbourhood. We will walk past  low rise brick condos and office buildings that once made goods to supply a new city, and growing country.

Lunch: We’ll stop for lunch at a local spot, yet to be determined.

 

Sunnyside Beaches Walk - Tuesday, August 27 at 11:00 am

Start: 11:00 am

Leader: Simon Pearson

Meet: Northeast corner of Roncesvalles Ave. and Queen St. W. Take line 2 to Dundas West subway station and then 504 King streetcar south on Roncesvalles Ave. to Queen St. W. Or take the 501 Queen streetcar or 504 King streetcar west from downtown to Roncesvalles Ave.

Route: Enjoy a pleasant walk along a part of the Lake Ontario shoreline that you may well not have walked recently. It includes lots of things beginning with the letter b: beautiful green parkland, beaches, buildings of historical interest, bridges, Bell (Marilyn, that is), the building of Canada’s railroads, and best of all, a good pub at the end!

Lunch: Firkin on the Bay, 68 Marine Parade Drive.