Walks

Rain or shine - and COVID-19 permitting - from May to October, the Academy’s trusty band of walk leaders lead groups of members and guests as they venture forth to explore Toronto’s ravines, cemeteries, markets, urban art, historic buildings, 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.

Upcoming Academy Walk - Evergreen Brick Works

Date and time:   Tuesday October 26 starting at 10 AM.

Meeting place:         Rosedale Subway Station

Route:                        We will venture through Rosedale and nearby ravines to the Evergreen Brickworks.

Transformed in the last ten years into a beautiful multi activity City landscape.

This is a circular walk.

Walk leader:            Donna Oke

Lunch:                        Rebel House Patio, 1068 Yonge St. (south of Roxborough)

Plan to attend?:       If you haven't already done so, please email jweatherburn74@gmail.com to let us know that you will be joining us

https://www.evergreen.ca/blog/entry/top-10-things-at-evergreen-brick-works/

 

Waivers will be available for those who have not already signed one.

Upcoming Academy Walk - Moore Park

Date and time:   Tuesday November 16 starting at 10 AM.

Meeting place:           Northeast corner of Yonge and St. Clair.... across from St. Clair Subway Station. Circular Walk

Route:                         We will meander through the beautiful streets of Moore Park and return via the Avoca Ravine

                                    to our starting point.            

Walk leader:               Donna Oke

Lunch:                         Shenanigans, 11 St. Clair Ave. West (south side)

Plan to attend?:        If you haven't already done so, please email jweatherburn74@gmail.com  to let us know that you will be joining us

 

Waivers will be available for those who have not already signed one.

Upcoming Academy Walk - Mount Pleasant Cemetery

Date and time:   Tuesday November 23 starting at 10 AM.

Meeting place:           Northeast corner Yonge and St. Clair across from St. Clair Subway Station 

Route:                         Walk north to Main entrance gates of Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Circular walk enjoying beautiful selection of trees, gardens, walkways, and historic gravesites in Midtown Toronto.

Walk leader:             Donna Oke

Lunch:                        Shenanigans, 11 St. Clair Ave. West (south side)

Plan to attend?:        If you haven't already done so, please email jweatherburn74@gmail.com to let us know that you will be joining us

 

Waivers will be available for those who have not already signed one.

Our Walking Adventures

September 28 - The Toronto Islands

The Toronto Islands:  a chain of 15 small islands in Lake Ontario off-shore from Toronto, originally a peninsula that was cut off from the mainland by a violent storm in 1858. It is historically sacred land of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation and was purchased by the British Crown via theToronto Purchase of 1787 and 1805. This purchase waslater compensated after a land claim by the Mississaugas that resulted in an additional  payment of $145 million by the Government of Canada. Currently comprising 820 acres, with the largest outermost crescent-shaped island beingCentre Island, which with Olympic and Algonquin form thethree major islands. Of note, Ward’s Island and Hanlans Point are not really islands but are actually the eastern and western ends of Centre Island (who knew?!).

On a chilly but sunny Tuesday morning, seven of us gathered at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal for the short ferry ride to Centre Island. We wandered the trails of Centre, first stopping to admire the seven orange Tulpi chairs  gifted to the city by Dutch royalty in 2015. Then we passed the channel across Olympic Island, the now-closed CentrevilleAmusement Park and the empty Far Enough Farm. We passed the Carousal Café (closed), crossing the main bridge and heading west. Here we  passed the staged seating of the Alan Lamport Regatta Course and the Island Public and Natural Science School. We u-turned east, passing the southern beaches and onto the boardwalk,which brought us to our lunch destination. Five members fresh off the ferry joined us as we settled at a banquet table on the beautiful expanse of the enlarged gardens of theIsland Café;  a fabulous lunch was had by all. On my next walk I hope to lead you all from Christie Pits through urban parks to Liberty Village.

Happy Trails!  Rene Laukat

 

 

2021 Walks Photo Gallery- A Fun Time Was Had by All!

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