FREE URBAN HIKE: Don River Valley (Crothers Woods) - Sat, Jul 19

Jon us on this free hiking adventure, as we explore this green oasis right in the heart of Toronto.

Crothers Woods is a 52-hectare mature maple-beech-oak woodland located in the Don River valley. Many trees in Crothers Woods are more than a century old, with parts of the forest remaining in much the same condition as it was before European settlement. In 1995, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) designated this site as an Environmentally Significant Area due to its diverse, mature and relatively undisturbed forest and the presence of herbaceous plants and tree species that are rare in the Toronto region. The forest includes beaked hazel, bitternut hickory, black walnut, blue beech, butternut (a Provincially endangered tree species), eastern hemlock and sugar maple trees and herbaceous species such as bloodroot, jack-in-the-pulpit, mayapple, trillium and trout lily. This unique forest also attracts diverse bird species. A recent TRCA study identifieds 26 birds that might nest and breed in the area, including eastern wood-pewee, great crested flycatcher and red-tailed hawk.

As such, Crothers Woods offers a unique opportunity to escape into nature and is a popular destination for trail enthusiasts, with approximately 11 kilometres of natural surface trails.

This is a moderate-pace hike, and we will take several short breaks along the way for snacks, sightseeing and washroom needs. Length: 11 Km.


Beginner -- all levels welcome!

WHAT TO BRING: Water (at least 1.5 L), hiking shoes/ boots, camera, snacks and cash for personal purchases.

POST-EVENT: Drinks/ food at a local restaurant or pub, OPTIONAL (around 8:30 PM)

Event conditional on weather. In the event of harsh weather, this walk will be cancelled or rescheduled.


We will not wait for anyone after 5:15 PM. It is not okay to join the event or call the Organizer after the event starts at 5:15 PM.

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  • Farouk

    I got my "hiking kick" yesterday. 10 km is just right. I am still in tennis frame of mind. Next time I will wear my hiking pants which i got as a gift on fathers day from my daughter. I have to purchase real hiking shoes. I had a lovely meal of chicken wings, Bruchetta and dark beer with Walter. I learned a lot about other hikes in Toronto. I hope to see the group again in September hike to include Distillery district. I will bring my hiking buddy along with.

    July 20

  • Walter

    We hiked in the light rain, not ideal for good pics, but I had quite a few original photos from a previous hike in this area. See link above. If you missed this one, hope you'll join us for another adventure soon :)

    July 20

  • Farouk

    Bing hourly forecast says cloudy after 3 pm past midnight. I am coming with an umbrella. I have done a hike at Edward garden in light shower with an umbrella. It can be very refreshing indeed.

    July 19

  • E.Y

    I wanted to go so much so I wished that it won, t rain. It rains hard now and I don, t want to get cold. I have to say no for today. Hope you enjoy. I wish there will be another one rhat goes here in a better weather

    July 19

  • Ricardo

    They are only calling for light rain --not lightning. There is no danger of hiking in light rain if we bring rain jacket and boots. Why pub instead?

    July 19

  • Clementine

    Same question as Bonny:
    Hi I don't have hiking shoes but I have running shoes. Will that do?

    July 13

    • Farouk

      Are there any washrooms on the hike. Trees would do fine for me if push comes to shove :-)

      July 16

    • Walter

      There are a couple of public washrooms along our path, although we may need to go into the woods if we can't wait until we get to the next washroom ;)

      July 18

  • Emine S.

    This looks awesome. I'm new to the city and have been very pleased with exploring all the parks and trails. My husband may or may not come.

    July 14

    • Walter

      Great! See ya guys on Saturday.

      July 15

  • Bonny

    Hi I don't have hiking shoes but I have running shoes. Will that do?

    June 29, 2014

    • Walter

      Yes Bonny, it will

      July 15

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