We have done this hike every year for the past three years and over 100 people showed up for two out of the three years which makes this one of the most popular hikes we have ever had! We enjoyed some beautiful weather, wonderful conversations and had a nice stop for a bite to eat along our route.
There are so many amazing trails and ravines in the Toronto area that when you're on them, you forget that you're sill in the city. This route, along a section of the Humber River ravine, is certainly one of them.
History Of the Humber River Ravine
We will be walking along a trail that is steeped in history. The first recorded European to travel this route was Etienne Brule. Those familiar wih early Canadian history will know him as the famous French trader and explorer who travelled with a party of the Huron hoping to entice the locals to fight against the British.
This trail along the side of the Humber river was used as a portaging route to move canoes from Lake Ontario all the way up to the Holland River and Holland Marsh and then into Lake Simcoe. As you walk this route, try to imagine what it might be like to carry a canoe above your head for 50 kilometres! And that's without the benefit of the paved paths and bridges that we'll be using. :-)
This walk is approximately 6 km and is easy walking on level ground mostly along paved walkways or along the edge of the river. There are no steep hills or really boggy patches and hopefully the ground will be firm and dry.
This walk loops back to it's starting point so we return to the spot from where we started.
We will be passing some really beautiful sights including the Old Mill Bridge with its very unusual curved arches, fishermen casting their lines into the river to catch, Etienne Brule park itself, 5 dams and weirs, a cow gate, a beautiful pedestrian footbridge where we will stop for some photos and perhaps we'll even see the red squirrel that thinks it owns the area that we will be passing. He's not scared of anyone and stares at you with his beady little eyes daring you to stop on his land! LOL
We will be walking at a leisurely pace and stopping frequently so if you are an experienced/fast hiker you will find this walk too slow for you. The whole walk will take approximately 3 hours.
Please bring along snacks and something to drink; we will be taking a short break along our route to stop and eat our snacks and get to know our fellow walkers.
We will meet outside the Old Mill Subway Station at 2PM and start walking at 2:10 PM sharp!! This is small station and there is only one exit at the Old Mill Subway. Please turn right when you come out of the subway station and we will be gathering along the metal railing.
There is very limited parking near the Old Mill Subway Station. I recommend that you park at Kipling or Islington and take the subway to the Old Mill. Parking in TTC parking lots at Kipling & Islington is free on weekends.
Try not to be late otherwise you will have difficulty finding us.
I look forward to seeing you there.
This walk is weather dependent and will be cancelled in the event of bad weather. Please check this page for an updated status of this event before heading to the meeting point.