Christmas and history in T.O.

rain… shine… or… “other” weather!

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We meet at Toronto West End College Street YMCA
Every Sunday at 9:00 a.m.
Conversation, fresh air, exercise and city exploration.

In one to two hours, we cover six to ten kilometres. 
Not to mention covering all sorts of interesting topics,
and seeing intriguing architecture, businesses, cats, dogs,
plant life, history, street art… even other walkers!

Comfortable shoes. Easy terrain (mostly sidewalks). Moderate pace.
See you soon!

This week’s update and plan:

Friday, November 23 we’ll walk east and back to explore some interesting history: how the Portuguese-Canadians created a new life here, and how the neighbourhood evolved. Neat plan, suggested by our friend, Adrianna. We’re basing our route, roughly, on the Portuguese Canadian History Project, a York University initiative. Should be a bright thing to explore on a grey Sunday. Come along for the company, the neighbourhood insights, and maybe we’ll enjoy a custard tart, to wrap up!

Some of us couldn’t join the group walk last week, so it was a tiny perfect group of two! Anne Marie photographed, and Skylar shared this report of their excellent Sunday morning wander:

… last Sunday’s walk: to see the Bay’s Christmas windows at Queen & Yonge. Walking in large, lazy snowflakes along College… through TrinityBellwoods Park to Queen Street. We chose the south side of Queen… window gazed our way to The Bay’s sweet windows and read the winter/Christmas rhymes. It took us an hour and a half because of stopping to admire things of interest along the way. We went into the Eaton Centre for a pit-stop and a tea/coffee pastry/cookie break. Then… to Trinity Square labyrinth and did a snowy meditative labyrinth walk in, with time in the center, and then out again. We then did a bit of Eaton Center ‘looking’ and took transit home.

It was a wonderful walk…
Here are Anne Marie’s photos of that walk:


Requests for future walks? Comment here, or share your ideas on Sunday. We’re accumulating a great list of destinations. If you haven’t joined us lately, now is the time. We’ve missed you! More good fall walks ahead. Some more history, some festivities, some mulled cider… and more! Join us!

This week, see you in the usual place: Sunday, 9:00 a.m.

Bring a friend! Any walking friend of yours is a walking friend of ours.

Are you reading about our club for the first time?
Excellent! Welcome! And now that you know… let’s walk!




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