We are currently finalizing our schedule for the Fall City Walks. We will be running eleven walks starting on October 14 and ending December 22. The Fall City Walks will be scheduled in advance, and the information for these walks, such as start and end locations, route details, etc., will be available on the TBN website (shortly).
The Winter Walks, beginning in January 2019, and running until the weather is nice enough for cycling, are a bit more informal. They will typically be scheduled every Sunday but the start location, routes, etc. will usually not be posted until near the actual date of the walk (typically by the Wednesday before the walk on Sunday). This allows us to be more flexible to accommodate weather conditions, perhaps allowing us to keep the wind at our backs, or provide a more sheltered route on cold, windy days. It also allows us to visit locations pertaining to current events, or other things that people may find interesting. Some walks may have themes, such as historical events, particular architectural styles, works of art, etc.
Both Fall and Winter City Walks usually start Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM (with a few exceptions). We walk for about 10 Km, sometimes with shorter or longer optional distances, using city streets and/or ravines. If the walk is not on city streets, and special footwear, such as light hiking boots are recommended, this will be noted in the write-up.
The level of difficulty is similar to a Leisure Wheeler or Urban Roller bike ride. There will usually be a stop for coffee and one or two bathroom breaks. We either finish where we started or at another subway station. Typically, we are near a location where we can get a snack, lunch, or beverage.
This Fall season, we expect to have our annual Bonfire & Pot Luck Lunch Walk (assuming we can get a permit), and will end with our annual Christmas Lights Walk (which is run on a Saturday evening). Some walks may have themes, where we go to look at particular things, and some walks may not, where we just walk to enjoy walking. For the Fall Walks, maps will either be provided as paper copies at the start of the walk, or be made available on the website as is currently done for bike rides. For the Winter Walks, maps are often not provided, as we tend to stick together in a group.
The Fall City Walks are free to TBN members. Non-members are welcome, but will be asked to sign the waiver form, and pay the $5 non-member fee. The Winter City Walks are free to both TBN members and non-members. Non-members will not be charged the $5 non-member fee, but they will be asked to sign the waiver form.
This fall, there are a large number scheduled TTC subway closures, due mostly to work on the Eglinton Crosstown Line. We have attempted to schedule around these outages so that the start and end points are accessible by subway from downtown. However, before heading out, please check the TTC Scheduled Subway Closures site at https://www.ttc.ca/Service_Advisories/Subway_closures/index.jsp to see if this has changed. Also, check for other TTC bus or streetcar diversions at https://www.ttc.ca/Service_Advisories/Route_diversions/index.jsp.
As we have done for the past few years, we will likely arrange to do some sort of walking event for Jane's Walks and for Doors Open Toronto, both of which will probably occur in May 2019.
If you have any questions about the City Walk program, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Walks Coordinator