A Green Mile (or three!)

This week, a special lane…

But first, about last week :

We enjoyed our return to The Green Line – our third visit (the second long visit… and the second one to culminate in a cool gelato snack!). This lovely series of almost-connected parks and parkettes angles north and west. The trees were shady and plenty of things were in bloom, including the scented rugosa roses. Lovely! The greenery was a huge boon on such a hot and humid day. (We did earn that little snack break! Yes, we did!) Thanks to the terrific group of walkers for joining in such a great Sunday morning exploration.

We encountered colourful little hanging notes, all through the parks, advising of this weekend’s BeeLine on the Green Line – a walk/community event promoting pollinators in parks. Sorry about that planning miss! ūüôā But… if you want to check that out, it’s this Sunday afternoon. We’ll head in a slightly different direction, but you could always dash over there after our lane walk!

Here’s a quick look at our walk:

Click on any image for larger files, in carousel slide-show.

Check out our previous visit to The Green Line, too. The repeats may give you a chuckle!

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Meet at the Y at 9:00. We’ll walk north again, this time to the Christie and St. Clair West area, to see a lane full of amazing painted garages. And… that’s it! It’s Father’s Day, and a few of us will have afternoon plans, so I wanted to keep this walk pretty compact. You can walk up and back with us, or grab TTC at any spot you like, for the trip back. The forecast says warm and rainy, so check before you head out. Maybe an umbrella will be in order?

This particular lane (between Wychwood and Kenwood Avenues) has just been officially named Kenwood Lane. The naming ceremony is on Saturday (so… it might be much busier then). Hopefully, early Sunday morning, we can ramble up the lane and enjoy the murals at our leisure.

Coming right up:

A picnic.
A play.
Seeking early Toronto in old bank buildings! (And if they are now home to cafés, okay!)
A ferry trip to the Islands, once that is possible.
Tea at an historic inn. (Pinkies up, please.)
A trip to Corktown. For many reasons.
Summer patio brunch in High Park!

And plenty more. Please c’mon along. We walk every Sunday morning!

See you soon!

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The Thin Green Line

Just ahead: our Island Escape.
And you have an assignment for that.

But first, about last week:

This summer, we’ll explore¬†several contrasting¬†diagonal routes¬†through the city. This was the first, and it was pretty handy. Have you heard of the Green Line? Well, neither had we, really. At least, not officially! There’s an initiative working hard to consolidate¬†a continuous green area, made up of multiple parks, spreading across numerous¬†neighbourhoods, just north of us. The Green Line will¬†connect Davenport/Dupont to St. Clair/Caledonia Park. So, north and west we went. The parks (there are many!) roughly follow the hydro corridor (some of which we’d visited before). This time, we started at Geary and Dovercourt and headed all the way to Earlscourt Park and out to St. Clair. Lots of room for future exploration here, too – the eastern beginnings of the trail, for instance (though not yet fully “greened”). And possibly the well-pathed¬†Prospect Point Cemetery, on the north side of St. Clair. All ahead. In the meantime enjoy some photos of our exploration… and rewards! By complete fluke, we chose a rather signatory location to enter the park!

“Because you’re mine, I walk the line.” (Oh, it was our pleasure, really!)

Click on any image for larger files, in carousel slide-show. (Easier to read “tour guide” chat there, too!)

NEXT: Sunday, June 12, 2016:

The weather looks promising. The Strawberry Social is ON!

If you were with us for that, two years ago, I need say no more. Just be there!

For those who haven’t experienced this, now is your chance. This is a day with a little budget. And a pre-walk assignment, too. So, here we go:

Assignment first! If you’ll join us, please go here and purchase your FERRY TICKET! This can all be done online and will save us line-up time. We may not be able to wait for people who haven’t done this. So please, please, hop online right now and book your fare. The costs and the link are right here. This is a return trip. And if you can’t print the ticket yourself, send the email to me, and I shall do that and bring them all along. Please read the webpage carefully, to ensure choosing the correct fare (and so that you know you can use the ticket until December, should Sunday be cancelled… ). (I didn’t like saying that, but… you never know.)

The¬†confirmation email contains two attachments: the receipt (which you may or may not want). And the ticket (with barcode). That’s the important part to bring!

We’ll meet at the Y at 9¬†and take TTC to the docks to¬†meet Tony. Our ferry departs for Hanlan’s Point at 10:15. If arriving by another method, please be in touch. Otherwise, see you there for an excellent day. So far, the forecast is fine: breezy and 20 degrees.

We’ll walk and tour the islands from west to east, with our wonderful host. Then we’ll all share an excellent lunch under the trees.

To bring:
– TTC fare
– Your printed ferry ticket
– Day-supplies (water, sunscreen, hat, umbrella, extra layer in case it’s cool)
РLunch money ($15 lunch includes an assortment of sandwiches, strawberry shortcake, thirst-quenching punch, plus reviving coffee or tea. There will be live jazz, a silent auction to admire, the option to have a glass of bubbly ($8.00). Time spent enjoying the day, the view and good company.

Some will want to wander¬†a bit¬†further,¬†after lunch. Especially if it’s a nice day. We’ll check the ferry schedule and can each choose when we wish to depart.

Sound good? I can’t wait.

Coming right up:

The Beaches. The BeltLine.¬†Glen Stewart Ravine. The Spit. The Bluffs. A different Humber wander. A Don Valley Ravine¬†walk. A¬†bit of downtown. And uptown. And maybe even a little bit of out-of-town. (We’ll try!)¬†Lots ahead.

See you soon!

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