2nd Annual GCF Fall Hike

Come experience some of what Toronto has to offer outdoors!

When: Sunday, September 30, 3:00 pm
Where: Victoria Park Subway Station (doors nearest Vic Pk Ave)
Duration: 5-8 kms, 2 hrs
Please RSVP: to Geoff Wichert (to help us plan food)

Weather: Rain or shine we’ll meet at Vic Pk subway. If the rain is too daunting we’ll just go straight to the hanging around and eating part of the event.
Route: Here is a map of the first leg of our hike. If you’re delayed getting to the station you can follow this and catch up with us.
Questions / Issues?: Call Geoff at 416-757-4767

Bring:
– sturdy walking shoes
– water bottle
– (optional) contribution for dinner

Some Details:
We’ll start in Taylor Creek Park and then, as time and energy allow, explore some of the Charles Sauriol Conservation Reserve. In the process we’ll not only enjoy an invigorating hike, but also connect with some of the best (and worst) of the city’s historical connection with its natural environment.

After the hike we’ll return to Geoff & Audrey Wichert’s for dinner. If you’d like, please bring something to contribute to the meal, or a contribution to help cover the cost of food. We’ll store any food items you bring in a vehicle near the beginning of the hike.

If you would like to participate, but don’t feel you’re up for some fairly energetic physical activity, there is a paved path in Taylor Creek Park that would allow for a leisurely stroll, connecting with the rest of the group for supper. Note that there is a fairly long set of stairs at the point where we will enter the park, and a somewhat larger hill where we come out of the valley at the end. Depending on how far we go and how fast we walk, the hike could be 5-8 kms and take several hours.

The Location:
Taylor Creek lies at the heart of a beautiful and popular ravine retreat in the heart of the city, despite having experienced some of the harshest conditions the urban context can unleash. The Charles Sauriol Conservation Reserve is named after one of Toronto’s (and Canada’s) most significant conservation activists of the 20th Century. We’ll walk past the spot where Sauriol had his summer cottage, a humble self-built dwelling in what was an expanse of forest wilderness at the “Forks of the Don,” the confluence of 2 important Toronto rivers.

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