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 so far:

Tuesday, August 11  -  10 am - Riverdale Walk

Meet at the old Community Centre (with w/c) at the north end of Withrow Park (TTC - Chester or Pape Stations). The walk will run about 90 min. - past Bain Avenue Co-op, around Bridgepoint Hospital and along the Don River trails, returning to Withrow Park for a bring-your-own-lunch picnic. Rene Laukat will be leading this walk. Please email John Weatherburn at jweatherburn74@gmail.com if you wish to attend.

Tuesday, August 18 - 10 am - Rosedale

Donna Oke will lead a walk through Rosedale next Tuesday, August 18. We will meet outside Rosedale Subway Station at 10am, and then wind through leafy shady streets viewing gardens and beautiful architecture until about 11:30. Lunch will follow at Ramsden Park, or Donna has kindly offered her backyard if numbers allow. To register, please email John Weatherburn if you wish to participate.

Tuesday, August 25 - 10 am - Toronto Islands

Meet at the Toronto Island Jack Leighton Ferry Docks for the Ward Island ferry. The walking route will be around the periphery of Wards Island, old Eastern Gap concrete docks, extensive boardwalk along Northern shores towards Centre Island with views of Leslie Spit. Past the Children's gardens to the historic 'haunted' lighthouse. We will then be returning to Centre Island for a BYO picnic lunch or a purchased lunch at Centre Island's BBQ & Beer Co terrace, which has spectacular views of the city. Note that ferry tickets may be purchased online. Rene Laukat will be leading this walk. Please email jweatherburn74@gmail.com if you wish to attend.

Tuesday, September 15 - Old Mill

Walk details will be posted shortly. Josie Szczasiuk will be leading this walk. Please email jweatherburn74@gmail.com if you wish to attend.

Tuesday, September 22 - Yonge / St. Clair Neighbourhood

We will meet folks at 10am, one block south of the St Clair and Yonge subway stop—at Pleasant Blvd and Yonge (east side of Yonge) and walk from there. Depending on the weather we will walk to the Brickworks or west through the trails to Bathurst Street. We will return to where we meet, so St Clair subway (St Clair and Yonge).  We can go to  Aroma (Pleasant Blvd and Yonge), use washrooms, then do the hike and come back to Yonge and St Clair and have lunch at one of several places—patios.  If weather is bad there’s an alternate hike is Mt Pleasant cemetery or west to Winston Churchill Park. Brickworks is a flood plain and significant rains make it very difficult to walk. Let’s hope it doesn’t rain! We will return to the area where we started.

As for parking, lots around Yonge south of St Clair and in the area—one Green P on Rosehill (1 South of Pleasant), but lots around.
Priscilla  Platt  will be the leader. Please let  John Weatherburn know if you are planning on attending  (jweatherburn74@gmail.com)

Tuesday, September 29 - High Park

Meet location:  10:00 a.m. in High Park at the public washrooms just west of the main gate at High Park Ave. & Bloor Street West
Getting there:
(by TTC)  TTC High Park Station main exit “To High Park Ave and Buses’, exiting  bus platform turn right onto High Park Ave., cross Bloor St. and turn right (west) along sidewalk to Washroom Bldg.
(by Car) from main park entrance at the fork turn right onto West Road with parking nearby on right side of road; parking also at Grenadier Restaurant in the park; the walk to meeting place from Grenadier is about 10 – 15 minutes.
Route:  heading South on Park ‘soft’ trails along eastern shores of Grenadier Pond,  returning north into park, stopping at High Park Zoo,  to Grenadier Café (or to picnic area)
Lunch:   Grenadier Café in the Park or BYO picnic near ‘meet location’
Rene Laukat will be the leader. Please let  John Weatherburn know if you are planning on attending  (jweatherburn74@gmail.com)

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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