Canoes and more

This week, annual Island strawberry tea retreat!

But first, about last week:

Well, first of all, about that post title! It was meant to be: Ten Interesting Things! Alas, I was distracted! So read on. Canoes are sure to appear at some point!

It was tough to limit our planned look-about walk to just ten interesting things! Having that imposed quantity actually made us look around at many, many more things. I suggested we find ten nifty things and share them, but, somehow, everything was interesting and every block had amazing flowers or a street festivity or a terrific building to enjoy. So we enjoyed them all. A bit of a hodgepodge walk, on a beautiful Sunday morning. That was fun!

Couldn’t join us? We missed you… but you can still join us, after the fact, in photos. Oops. Thirty-three photos! (I know, that’s not ten!!!) Hopefully, you’ll be able to visit some of these spots yourself:

Click on any photo to scroll through a slideshow, captions and all. It’s practically a neighbourhood tour!

THIS WEEK,
Sunday, June 17, 2018

It’s time again for the delightful ISLAND STRAWBERRY SOCIAL!

If you haven’t attended before, there are a few details to know:
We’ll take TTC to the ferry docks.
You can purchase your ferry ticket online.
We’ll go early for a long, excellent walk before lunch/tea/treat/music in the sun.

OUR PLAN:

Meet at 9:00 at the West End YMCA
TTC to ferry docks (bottom of Bay Street, south of Front)
Ferry to Hanlan’s Point (departs at 10:15 sharp)

We’ll walk east, all the way along Hanlan’s and Centre islands, to arrive at the church for the festivities at noon.

If you’re interested in the Blessing of the Boats and Bicycles (starts at 11:00), you’d need to DASH across the islands to get there in time! Or go directly to Ward’s Island and meet us there for the lunch and fun. Let me know if that’s your plan? We’ll see you there!

If you plan to meet us at the docks, please research departure times. We’ll aim to depart from there, promptly, to give plenty of walking time. So, if we miss you… you can catch up! It can be done (right, Nilla? ).

Or meet us at St. Andrew By-The-Lake Church, on Ward’s Island.

Bring the usual summer-smart stuff:

☀ sunscreen
🐛 bug spray
👒 hat (summer-tea-ready, if you like!)
😎shades
🚰 water
🌂 maybe a brolly

PLUS:

💰 TTC fare
💰 Ferry fare (return trip = $7.87, or $5.16/for 65+)
(Or order ferry ticket online and print/bring on phone.)
💰 LUNCH MONEY! Strawberry Tea (tea sandwiches, cake, beverages) costs $15. per person. Add a glass of bubbly for $8, but certainly not required – there’ll be plenty of punch, tea, coffee (included).

There’ll also be music, trees, sunshine, and even a silent auction.

BUT… if there is a rainy downpour, the event will be cancelled. Keep your eyes on the forecast. (And in case you’re worried about pre-ordering your ferry ticket… those are good until December, so I say: don’t worry.)

Plan B, in case of rain, will be a neighbourhood walk, where we can plot our next island visit instead! Sunday will be a wonderful day, no matter what the weather!

Yes, it’s Father’s Day! I hope you’ll have a chance to do something to celebrate, or in fond memory. Or bring Dad with you! (I tried to talk my dad into it… but he’s not keen! Sorry!)

I plan to return to TO on the Ward’s Island ferry at 2:15. You can certainly stay longer if you like! 🙂 (I usually do… but… it’s Father’s Day!)

COMING SOON:

Suggest a destination. Have we forgotten an interesting spot? Plenty more of our city to see. New murals, new buildings, everything in bloom. Maybe an art show. The lake. The parks. Ah, summer!

Next week, something completely different, at Nathan Phillips Square. Veronika suggested this excellent event, and I can’t wait to share it. Stay tuned for details. That date will include a later morning departure. Full info in a few days. Maybe dim sum, afterwards? That would be fun.

Recent requests include:

Back to Scarborough Bluffs, to actually see the Cathedral Bluffs!
     Definitely!

Also: Little India/India Bazaar, to see, shop, and taste.
     Lots to see and do there! Let’s go back!

Think about other Toronto landmarks you’d like to visit.
     Let’s plan together!

See you soon!

 

 

 

 

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Canoes and more

This week, DOORS OPEN TORONTO!

But first, about last week:

Off we went, south and towards the lake. While the lake wasn’t our destination, we did have it in sight a couple of times. We roughly followed the path of the old, hidden Garrison Creek, once again. Not that we followed it, exactly! But we did keep encountering it. So, it was no surprise that David Suzuki’s ButterflyWay blue canoes (filled with native flowers… and some likely not-so-native tulips!) kept marking our way (I think we saw four, in total). Further south, we encountered canoes of a completely different nature. Lovely. Along the way: many, many things in bloom. If you haven’t been out for a spring walk this week, get out there!

Thanks to all for a great walk.

Have a look:

 

THIS WEEK,
Sunday, May 27, 2018

Doors Open Toronto is back! I hope you’ll check out the options for Saturday, too.

We have lots of options for Sunday, so please feel free to join us for any or all of the following. OR, make your own plans to explore other Toronto buildings… and let us know!

We’ll meet at 9:00 in the usual place. First stop: George Brown historical house to enjoy a look at this lovely building. Then, downtown to tour the Canada Life Tower. I’ve been a fan of that weather beacon since grade 5, so… must visit!

Then, a slightly different adventure for part three of the walk: LEAF, (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests), known to us from a couple of tree-tours, hosts a spring tree-identification walk with arborist, Brenna Anstedt. This is something they’ll do again in the fall. I am attending part one, at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, at Colonel Sam Smith Park (Lakeshore and Kipling, near Humber Lakeshore campus). If you want to join me for tree info and fun at the lake, please do! You’ll need transit fare. If we have time afterwards, maybe we’ll take another walk to a great west-end café. Let’s see how the day goes. (And how tired we are!)

IF YOU’LL JOIN ME for the TREE-TALK/WALK: please go here (http://www.yourleaf.org/webform/tree-tour-registration-form) now, to register and reserve a spot. They ask for a small donation at the event (suggested $5) to support their local tree initiatives. Attendance is entirely optional, so now you have all the details.

It will be a wonderful day, no matter what the weather! Ah, layers, sunscreen, umbrella. Can do!

Doors Open Toronto, we’re on our way!

COMING SOON:

In a few weeks: Island Strawberry Social! We’ll talk about this on Sunday. More details, next time.

Before that? Suggest a destination, if we’ve forgotten something! Otherwise… lots more to see.
Recent requests include: going back to the Scarborough Bluffs, to actually see the Cathedral Bluffs! Can do! Also: Little India/India Bazaar, to see, shop and taste. Lots to see and do there!

See you soon!

 

 

 

 

North, for something cool

South for the last of the cherry blossoms?

But first, about last week:

Sunday morning wanderers that we are, we strolled up the street, over a couple of streets, then up some more, and over again… to gelato! Really, it’s the breakfast of champions! Well, okay, maybe a bit of a cheat-day splurge, but we’d worked up quite a sweat and burned off a few calories on that beautiful sunny morning. It was unanimous: we all felt like a little treat.

Take a peek at our walk, here. And rest assured that this week’s walk will only include water, clear tea, black coffee, and crisp green veggies. (Or… whatever other delicious things we find!)

THIS WEEK,
Sunday, May 20, 2018
:

Meet at the Y at 9:00, as usual. 

This will be a two- to three-hour walk. We’re heading south, for no particular reason except to walk and enjoy an interesting morning. If we cross through Trinity-Bellwoods Park, we may still see a few cherry blossoms. And if not, that’s okay: there are plenty of things in bloom now. It promises to be a bright morning, with good company. I hope you’ll join us.

COMING RIGHT UP:

Next week? Doors Open Toronto! This is a city festival we always attend, in one way or another. This year, I’ll suggest three things, and you’re welcome at any or all of them. You can also look at the website and see if there are other buildings you want to visit, or walking tours to try. Fit them in on Saturday? Or add them to your Sunday plans? Wonderful! Next week’s plan for us will head your way, mid-week, and you can decide which open doors to enter! For now, I’ll say that the plan includes the historical George Brown House (on Beverley Street, below College), the Canada Trust Tower (on University above Queen), and then a transit trip out west, to Colonel Samuel Smith Park (a favourite – at Lakeshore and Kipling) for a tree-identification walk and more good fun in the great outdoors. You will be welcome at any or all! If the tree-ID trip appeals, it’s organized by our friends at LEAF. They hope you will register (here) and also make a small contribution ($5.00 – so definitely worthwhile) at the event. Need more info? Let me know. The actual Doors Open events are all free of charge. A great weekend ahead to explore Toronto!

See you soon!

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Birchcliff, Rosetta McClain, and… … …

This week, northbound, to see what’s bloomin’!

But first, about last week:

Jane’s Walk offered a terrific ramble with animator, Lucille Yates, to see some parts of the east end that we (mostly) westenders rarely see. We heard a bit about the history of the Birchcliff neighbourhood, saw historic photos, enjoyed a stroll through Rosetta McClain Gardens (which will be much prettier in a couple of months, when there are more plantings, more blooms), enjoyed a brief poetry recitation, heard a bit about Monarch butterfly migration… and then we walked further east to see the Scarborough Bluffs. We looked from above and then carefully hiked down a pretty decent hill to view some of the erosion-proof forested bluffs from below.

But!

There have been several recent landslides in that sandy cliff area, so our lake-level route to Bluffer’s Park, to see the glorious and iconic Cathedral Bluffs, was blocked. Drat!

We had fun anyway, no fear! But that hike back up the hill… was a doozie!

We shall go again, as there is now a TTC summer bus to Bluffer’s Park from Kennedy station. (It runs weekends and holidays only, until October, in case you also plan to try it!)

C’mon along for last week’s walk:

THIS WEEK,
Sunday, May 13, 2018

Meet at the Y at 9:00, as usual.

It’s a Mother’s Day walk! If you’re a mom, or have one, or know one, please join us!

We’ll walk north. Let’s see what’s in bloom. And that might just include some cherry trees. We’re skipping the High Park major bloom, this year, as it really does put a strain on the park grounds to have thousands of people descend upon the trees over a week. (But we’ll have a High Park visit, soon.)

This Sunday’s walk will wrap up by noon, so you’ll still have plenty of time to enjoy some formal Mom festivity! If you still need to buy some flowers or pastries, for Mom, or for yourself (I say, go for it!), we may see those along the way. Eyes peeled!

See you bright and early for some sun and fresh air to start the day off right!

 

COMING RIGHT UP:

Next week? Why, southbound, of course! (That way, we’ll have covered the four directions within a few weeks before we get on with some serious destination walking.)

Then, soon, Doors Open Toronto. I have several suggestions for that, and you can join us for one or all. Or choose your own Toronto doors to open! More on this, next week.

See you soon!

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An ice-free Sunday!

Apologies for the late cancellation of last week’s walk! The weather was just too treacherous.

Let’s try that westward walk, again!

THIS WEEK,
Sunday. April 20, 2018

… we’ll definitely meet and walk. See you at the usual time and place.

 

If you have plans for the afternoon, this walk should just be a couple of hours. Perfect!

Let’s choose a street and follow it as far west as we enjoy. Return trip method and route: to be determined! The three other directions: coming soon!

This Sunday is Earth Day, so if we are very lucky, perhaps we can enjoy a few signs of the return of spring. Keep your eyes peeled! Plenty of things to notice. And a great reason to stretch our legs!

COMING SOON:

Jane’s Walk in a couple of weeks. Lots of options. I will suggest a couple of the planned walks. You can suggest some, too! Right here… Add a Comment including your Jane’s Walk interests and we’ll see if we can create an interesting day.

 

See you soon!

 

 

 

 

Odd but satisfying

This week, as far west as we can go!

But first, about last week:

The destination was the Copeland Transformer Station. And we’d been there before. And I’d just seen it on a map. So… you’d think I’d find it pretty easily.

Wrong! But we had fun anyway, all over the map. First, I thought the theme of the walk’s photos could be interesting words. Then… there were train tracks and murals and something rather amusing in the form of a labour-of-love Lego project to admire! Thanks to Louise for recommending that: it is a hoot, and not done justice by photos. Good fun to see in person, though.

Stay tuned. Better route-planning ahead. Perhaps!

Just a few pix:

THIS WEEK,
Sunday, April 15, 2018:

Meet at the West End Y, at our usual 9:00.

WestWalking is Walking West! Not into the sunset, mind you, but bright and early on a wintry spring morning. I hope you’ll join us. The plan is just to keep walking west, as far as we want. And then turn around. The same route, or some interesting alternative, will be determined when we are just about half-tired! Great way to start the day. And maybe there’ll be snow. Oh joy! Isn’t this an interesting spring?

See you then. Yes, tea, coffee, and mulled cider may well be served. Iced café? Later. Apparently much later!

Coming right up:

Earth Day. Jane’s Walk. Tree Identification and more! Curious? Join us!

See you soon!

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A spring break

This week: looks chilly!

What did you get up to, last week?

No photos to share this week, sorry. I’ve been busy with work and family. But I hope you took a walk on Sunday! Many of the usual walkers have been away. Or are still travelling. So we shall save some of the promised adventures until a few more folks return to TO. And, maybe, until the weather gets a bit nicer! But let’s take a walk this Sunday!

THIS WEEK,
Sunday, April 08,  2018:

Meet at the Y at our usual time: 9:00.

Bundle up, it may be very cold! I know: we thought winter was over! Well, there’s still plenty to see and some fresh air to share. We will head over to the foot of the CN Tower, an area we’ve explored before. This time, our destination is the Clare R. Copeland Transformer Station. In order to replace aging hydro infrastructure, this (seemingly-endless) project was devised to bury some of the equipment and create an interesting park space, while updating service. There have been many, costly delays. But it may be almost done. And it is certainly worth a look. There is plenty of public art and public rambling space in the old railroad turntable area. Let’s go see. Definitely plenty of photo opportunities!

Coming right up:

Spring is on the way, or so they tell us. Let’s plan for some spring and summer walks! Jane’s Walk and Doors Open Toronto weekends are coming up soon (the beginning and end of May). I’ve registered for one Jane’s Walk, already. I’ll let you know a bit more about that too, but if you agree that it would be an excellent Sunday morning exploration of a special place we’ve always wanted to visit together… you can register, too! Have a look here, on Facebook (if you’re a Facebook person), see what you think of this great-sounding Scarborough Bluffs walk, and sign up (“Interested” or “Going”) if you like. This is where we’ll walk on Sunday, May 06. More good fun ahead. Stay tuned.

See you soon!

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