Our walks are on rain or shine and free.
Sunday May 8, 2016 2 pm – SAVE THE DATE – Rivers Rising Jane’s Walk on Mud Creek.
Sunday, May 15, 2016, 2 pm – Wetlands and Wildflowers behind Ontario Science Centre.8 Meet at the corner of Don Mills Road and Gateway Blvd. opposite the Science Centre for a circular walk exploring the secluded natural areas of the West Don River in E.T. Seton Park. Some bushwhacking. Washrooms only available at the rallying point. Leader: Helen Mills and friends.
Sunday May 29, 2016, 2 pm - SAVE THE DATE – Rivers Rising Jane’s Walk on Lost Lavender Creek.
Thursday June 2, 2016, 6 pm to 8 pm – SAVE THE DATE – Toronto Green Annual General Meeting and the launch of RAIN Groundbreakers. Meet the Rivers Rising Ambassadors and the New Board of Directors. Presentation by Erin Schulz of Toronto Region Conservation on Greening your Grounds.
Sunday June 19, 2016, 2 PM - The Laurentian Channel: A Long Lost River. We will explore the origin, course and significance of one of the remaining ancient rivers in southern Ontario, which continues to flow today. Deep underground, it links Georgian Bay to Lake Ontario, passing under High Park. Its waters were unexpectedly brought to the surface by city workers in 2003, and tell the story of its source and significance. A linear walk, approximately 2 km, along some city streets, but mostly on paths within High Park, ending near Spring Creek on the east side of the park, within an easy walk of the Howard Park streetcar loop. Moderate difficulty; some slopes and mud paths; please wear appropriate footwear. Washroom access in High Park. Meet at the southwest corner of Bloor Street W. and Indian Road (2 blocks east of Keele St.). Leaders: Helen Mills, Bill Clarke and Paul Overy
Sunday, July 17, 2016, 2 pm – What’s in a Name? Historic Meadow Creek. Meet at Lawrence Ave. W. and Duval Dr. (east of Keele at the north side TTC stop) for a linear walk along a live tributary to Black Creek ending at Rustic Drive, east of Keele. The stream’s ravine holds secrets of the urban wild and wears the many names this relatively unknown creek has been assigned over the years. Paved park trails with washrooms at the rallying point. Leaders: Ian Wheal, Helen Mills, John Wilson.
Sunday, August 21, 2016, 2 pm – A Late Summer Tour of the Rouge Park. Parks Canada staff will join Lost Rivers walk leaders to hike Little Rouge Creek, a river whose course from the headwaters on Oak Ridges Moraine is the least developed of GTA rivers. A circular 4.5 km hike on unpaved park trails starting and ending at Twyn Rivers parking lot, located on Twyn Rivers Dr. 1.5 km. east of Sheppard (after the second bridge). Carpooling is recommended, as the parking lot gets full, and the nearest bus stop is at the Sheppard-Twyn Rivers intersection. Rest rooms available at the walk’s mid-point at the Rouge Park Welcome Centre.
Sunday August 28, 2016, 2 PM - Food, Water and the Evolution of Dinner. Explore the evolving past, present and possible future relationship between water and food in the area of the headwaters of Lost Garrison Creek. Rediscover the fundamental role of water in food production, learn something about the water footprint of the food we eat, and make some surprising connections with local lost rivers. Along the way we will be walking through a neighbourhood that was once a giant orchard, and discovering that many fruit trees still grow here now. A linear walk, approximately 2.5 km, mostly along city streets, ending near St Clair and Winona. Minimal difficulty, with few slopes or paths. Washroom access at Wychwood Barns. Meet at the Christie Street entrance to the Wychwood Artscape Barns, 601 Christie Street. Leaders: Helen Mills and Paul Overy.** Sunday, May 8, 2016, 1.30 pm – Aggies’ Wildflowers [This is not a Lost Rivers Walk, but it is TFN sponsored]** Explore the woods and river flats of Lambton Mills through the eyes of the 19th century. The area was a favourite spot of artist Agnes Dunbar Moodie, daughter of pioneer writer Susanna Moodie. Perhaps Agnes used the flowers here as models for her paintings, published in an 1867 book called Canadian Wild Flowers. Hear stories of ‘Aggie’ and the history of this area while we look for the wildflowers that inspired her. Meet at: Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St. East side of Humber River just South of Dundas St W Walk Leader, Madeleine McDowell. Ends at the Lambton House where tea will be available.
Plans for walks are constantly being developed. We welcome your suggestions for interesting walks. Maybe you might like to lead a walk. Send your suggestion to: The Streamwalker.
NOTE to leaders of walks who plan to bring their groups to join one of our walks. While we always welcome more people to our walks, it would be appreciated if you would make arrangements with the walk leader well before hand. Adding a significant number of people (eight or more) at the last minute can make it difficult to see that all get the benefit of the walk You can e-mail The Streamwalker and he will attempt to get you in touch with the walk leader so you can make special arrangements.
No charge is made for Lost River Walks. Toronto Green Community and Toronto Field Naturalists provide these and other walks and events as a public service. If you would like to support the work of these organizations, you may join TFN or TGC. Information on joining is provided by walk leaders or you may check their websites: Toronto Field Naturalists or Toronto Green Community.
For further information
The Toronto Field Naturalists, 2 Carlton Street, #1519, Toronto, ON. M5B 1J3 Phone: (416) 593-2656 Web Site: http://www.torontofieldnaturalists.org
Friends of the Don East (FODE), Calendar on Web Site: Calendar
Taylor Massey Project. http://www.thetmp.org/
Toronto Bay Initiative call 416-598-2277 or check the Toronto Bay Initiative web site.