Canada Day Afternoon Hike in the Humber River Ravine

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. :-)

Hike Description

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.

Meeting Point

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.

Parking

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.

- Sash

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.


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  • Suzanne

    It was a great afternoon and nice group

    July 3, 2013

  • Michele P.

    Nice spot, I've not ever been before. Sorry but I did not find them the friendlest bunch. But that's OK, I went and did my own thing and had a relaxing, good time!

    1 · July 3, 2013

  • Mahmud H.

    Very nice

    July 2, 2013

  • JL

    excellent

    July 2, 2013

  • Orsolina

    Thank you Sash for a wonderful afternoon. This was my first event with this group and I had a nice time. Lots of friendly and welcoming people. Will see you at the next event.

    July 2, 2013

  • Anuradha Khanna (.

    Great walk with a wonderful bunch of people :-)

    July 2, 2013

  • Ruth

    thanks Sash,great opportunity to enjoy the wonderful outdoors in toronto ...ken loved it sorry I wasn't able to attend

    July 2, 2013

  • Catherine

    Thank you Sash, another well organized event, I met some wonderful new people and some friends, I haven't seen in a while. The weather was perfect and it was wonderful to be in nature.

    July 2, 2013

  • Suzie

    Great event, very well organized

    July 2, 2013

  • Dinshaw

    Fab

    July 1, 2013

  • Myrna

    awesome..great time for bonding and meeting new people

    July 1, 2013

  • Justin Y.

    nice meeting everyone there today!

    July 1, 2013

  • Myrna

    fabulous day, fabulous people, had a nice walk with friends..thanks sash for organizing this event

    1 · July 1, 2013

  • Janna

    Fabulous!

    July 1, 2013

  • Toby

    Great organizer, friendly group, had a good time walking.

    July 1, 2013

  • Julie

    Apologies, I was unable to make it. Happy Canada Day to you and yours!

    July 1, 2013

  • Zee

    Sorry me & Ana were delayed & reached Old Mills late. We thought we would catch up but couldn't find the group. We ended up doing our own walk. See you next Sash!

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes! I met with the group already.

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am at high park station now. Almost there!

    July 1, 2013

  • Neesha

    I am heading to Old Mill subway, see you there!!

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, not going to be able to make it. Have fun!

    July 1, 2013

  • Tammy B.

    I just don't seem to have any luck getting together with this group!! All the power has gone out at my place and I have to wait for the electricians.

    July 1, 2013

  • Paul

    I have a TTC day-pass good for 2 adults; I'll split your fare savings if you meet me @ Islington or Kipling station. Clean & fair deal! Just e-mail me.

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I had to cancel this but after yesterday's epic ride, my legs are killing me! I'd love to join you on another walk soon! (And next time I won't ride the day before) Have fun!

    July 1, 2013

  • Vina

    Hope the hike is on, no changes due to cloudy weather ????? I'll be coming from Scarborough hence will start early to get there on time....

    July 1, 2013

    • Adora

      Cloudy is the best hiking weather! no call for rain.....

      1 · July 1, 2013

  • Brenda

    sorry, I am a fair weather walker. see you at another event.

    July 1, 2013

  • Laura

    Sorry I can't make it. But better not to pass along the plague to the others in the group.

    July 1, 2013

  • Karen

    Are there any carpoolers? I am at Parklawn/Lakeshore.

    July 1, 2013

  • Devicka

    Sorry, busy day yesterday, need some rest!

    July 1, 2013

  • Jeannine

    Last minute change of plans ...

    July 1, 2013

  • Vina

    Count me in

    June 30, 2013

  • Yashar S.

    I am interested in making new friends.

    June 30, 2013

  • Ruth

    Sorry for the short notice . I won't be able to attend this one.
    Have a great day!

    June 30, 2013

  • Diana Matamoros A.

    I will make it

    June 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds like fun! It'll be my first meetup since joining this site.

    June 29, 2013

  • Lisa

    Will be wonderful to be out doors!

    June 27, 2013

  • William B.

    "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."

    This is not actually true. The river was navigable by canoe from its head waters at Highway 9. The portage was from the Holland River to the Humber Headwaters. The most interesting part of this walk is the site of Teiaiagon, a Seneca/Mohawk village at Baby Point which was built to control travel and trade on the river around 1685. Many French explorers used this route, including Sieur de la Salle, who claimed the entire entire of America for France.

    I live right on the river and experience many heady thoughts as I walk the valley on a regular basis.

    http://www.waymarking.com/wayma...­

    June 25, 2013

  • Angela

    It would be lovely to get out and hike with everyone, but unfortunately I have other plans.

    June 25, 2013

  • Jonell

    out of town

    June 13, 2013

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