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.


Many thanks to John Weatherburn for taking up the leadership reigns for the 2020 / 2021 Academy Walks program.

Now that Toronto has entered Phase 3 of its opening process, several walks have been scheduled for August and September. For now, we will limit the number of participants for each walk to 15, and will ensure social distancing. We will also keep a record of attendees.

Lunch following our outings will take on a different form for the time being. We will either 'brown bag' it in a park or picnic area, or will eat at a restaurant patio where there is social distancing.

Here is the 2020 schedule:

Tuesday October 27 - Cabbagetown - Academy Halloween Walk 

Meet:  12:00 noon at front entrance of Alan Gardens Conservatory, at east corner of  the park at  Carlton & Jarvis Streets
Route:  starting with a tour of the Conservatory’s Fall floral displays (masks required, washrooms available) the walk will take us through Cabbagetown’s historic neighbourhood decorated in  halloween displays,   the Riverdale farm  and historic Necropolis cemetery.  Continuing into Regent Park re-development area,  ending at Carlton & Parliament Sts. with optional dining, weather permitting,   on the patio of the ‘Pear Tree Café’, 507 Parliament Street.
Leader: Rene Laukat
As we need to manage the number of attendees, please email John  Weatherburn (jweatherburn74@gmail.com) if you plan on attending this walk.

Tuesday November 10 - Baby Point on the Humber

Meet: 10:00 am at Old Mill Subway Station


This is a circular walk; we will finish at the Old Mill.
Grey/Green Level
Includes steep hills and a long staircase
Lunch is possible, but only if we can find an outdoor eating area, which is open and warm enough!

Baby Point’s rich History dates back to the 1600’s when it was a prosperous Seneca Nation Village known as Teiaigon.
Abandoned by the Seneca and purchased in 1816 by Hon. James Baby.
A lovely Peninsula overlooking the Humber River.
Developed in 1912 by Robert Home Smith in accordance with his specific regulations!

Leader: The walk will be led by Donna Oke.

As we need to manage the number of attendees, please email John  Weatherburn (jweatherburn74@gmail.com) if you plan on attending this walk.


The Academy frequently takes group and candid shots during our walks. Please note that these images may be used on our website or in our Academy Quarterly Review. By participating in these photos you agree to the use of these images to for the purpose stated. You will not be named or identified in any way, and may opt out at any time by emailing website@allto.ca/



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