This fall we will start running real, in-person walks again.

Before COVID, our City Walks typically consisted of:

  • Meeting at a food court or coffee shop on a Sunday morning
  • Walking about 10 Km
  • Having coffee/washroom break around the middle of the walk
  • Having an optional lunch stop at the end

At the City Walk planning Meeting held on Saturday, September 25 we discussed some changes that we will make, to ensure the walks are run as safely as possible.

At least initially, we may:

  • Meet and end the walks outdoors, perhaps in a park or parking lot, at least until the weather gets very cold
  • Start the walks near a subway station, as usual, for people who are comfortable using the TTC (Sundays are less likely to be crowded), but ensure parking is available nearby for people who want to drive
  • Only do walks that are loops, returning to the start point, so that those who are not comfortable using public transit can easily get back to their vehicles
  • Require everyone to register for the walk
  • Walk primarily for physical activity and social interaction, with fewer or no historical, architectural, or other points of interest
  • Try to avoid crowded streets to limit the number of people we are in close contact with, perhaps using multi-use paths until they get icy, or quiet residential streets
  • Not stop for a coffee break, so that we will be inside less, and possibly reduce the need for bathroom breaks, but we will continue to have bathroom breaks
  • Not stop for lunch at the end (although people may want to have a snack or lunch at the end, if they feel comfortable)
  • Try to have a shorter option (5 or 6 Km) in addition to the full walk distance
  • Maybe do virtual walks some days when real walks seem impractical

If you have any questions or suggestions, email me at

Looking forward to seeing you on a walk,

John Burdett – City Walk Coordinator

City Walks

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