One more week!

This weekend, I’ll be hiking on the shores of Georgian Bay.
I have a similar suggestion for you…

But first, about last week:

I had a most interesting, satisfying and happy trip to Montreal, and then went to Halifax and parts of rural and seashore Nova Scotia for a road trip with two dear friends. We visited parts of the country that I find particularly beautiful. I hope you walked somewhere beautiful, too, and enjoyed some of the summer heat and greenery. After all, we’ll be complaining about cold weather soon enough. So, get out for a walk and soak up some of this heat!

I gather that a few of you enjoyed some neighbourhood walking while I was away. So great to hear that!

My holiday walks were: long and short; urban and rural; along ocean shores with either sandy and/or rocky beaches; beside burbling and rushing rivers… or right in them! We also had a lovely stroll around a pretty lake. We had a great, long, cool swim in that lake, too. A very nice break from Toronto and work. Mind you, I was also quite happy to get back home to Toronto and work.

I thought you might like to see a few more walking photos. (Yes, there was quite a lot of walking.)

I’ll be very happy to talk about my walking holiday, and yours, on our next walk together!

NEXT UP: Sunday, July 31 2016:

Even though I’ll be away and hiking somewhere a bit less urban, I suggest YOU meet at the Y at 9:00 and go for an urban lake-walk. Maybe someone in the group will suggest another destination. If so (and if it appeals), great! Have fun! But if you want a suggestion, try this:

Walk south and east from the Y until you reach Strachan Avenue. Heading south on Ossington and then east on Queen will get you there, but zigzagging could be more interesting. You could cut through Trinity-Bellwoods Park, if you like. Strachan is right below it.

Walk all the way south on Strachan and carefully cross Lakeshore Blvd to visit The Toronto Inukshuk Park! (It’s tall – you’ll see it, no fear!)

Walk west out of that park along the Martin Goodman Trail. You’ll pass Ontario Place, marinas, the CNE on your right, some lovely parkland, and more… until you spy the small, new bridge that crosses the train corridor and Gardiner Expressway, at Dowling Avenue. This is a steel frame bridge, and looks very high tech. When last there, it was not well labelled, but there is nothing much like it! Just so you know what it looks like… here are some people you know, to show you!

Sharon and Jan head north across the new replacement (temporary) Dowling Avenue bridge, across the tracks.

Sharon & Jan cross new replacement (temporary) Dowling Avenue bridge, across the tracks.

Cross that bridge, going north. Continue north and east, zigzagging as you see fit. You’ll make your way back to the Y via lovely Parkdale and Queen West.

This is a long-ish walk. Count on at least two hours. More, if you stop for iced tea! Of course, you could just head back, after seeing Inukshuk Park. But if you happen to zigzag past the pretty intersection of Dunn Street and Springhurst Avenue on your way back, you’ll be glad that you did. Stop and have a look at the amazing plant shop, Dunn Milk. Flower photos: very welcome.

We’ve done some parts of this walk before, of course, but have never visited the Inukshuk Park (south of Lakeshore Blvd, east of Ontario Place Blvd). So, do let me know where you go, and send pix if you take them. I shall certainly share and credit all contributions, online. Thanks! I hope you have a wonderful long weekend. Notes on my slightly northern weekend hike… later!

Coming right up:

Next week, we’re going downtown! We have a third anniversary to celebrate, and I have a couple of ideas to help us do that. Stay tuned!

See you soon!

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Welcome. You really should walk with us!
See you in the morning!

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