Year round, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter, there are scenic accessible walking/hiking trails in Midtown Toronto. Although many people frequent these trails, some people are not as familiar with them. Maybe because they don't know the trails that well or that they just don't like going alone. Either way, the Midtown ravine trails are extensive, nearby, a great form of exercise, and an opportunity to do activities with others.
**** Please Read Carefully the Details Noted Below on Difficulty Levels, Being Prepared, and Risks & Waiver*******
The Midtown Raviners Athletic Club is focused on brisk fast-paced cardio walks/hikes through local trails/areas such as the: Kay Gardner Beltline trail, Moore Park trail, David Balfour Park trail, Evergreen Brick Works, Crothers Woods, the Don River trail, Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, ET Seton, Serena Gundy, Earl Bales, Finch Hydro Corridor, Glen Stewart Ravine, The Beaches Boardwalk, Betty Sutherland, Taylor Creek Trail, and residential neighbourhoods. A typical distance might be 10 - 12 km, but we frequently do up to 15- 20+ km.
There are many great walking/hiking groups in Meetup. There's a group for everyone. Again, ours is focused on brisk cardio walks/hikes (5.5 - 6.5 km/hour) in the GTA. There will lots of great conversations and beautiful scenery along the way, but we are also trying to keep these walks fast.
Difficulty Levels: Please read the walk/hike descriptions carefully to know if a given walk is the right one for you. The details of each walk clearly note the distance, the pace, and the terrain. Most people underestimate the difficulty level. Partly because they have not read the event details. Always read the event details :)
Being Prepared: Choose a walk/hike that best fits your current fitness level. If you're trying to get back into shape, then the moderate paced, shorter distance walks are a better choice. We offer First Timer walks as a chance for you to test your fitness level. We encourage you to attend those walks prior to our other events.
Wear proper footwear, bring water, snacks, sunscreen, use the washroom before the walk, and bring bug spray if needed.
Risks: We walk on paths and trails used by many people in the city. They are all pretty safe if you are prepared. If you have any known medical conditions that might be an issue during a walk/hike, please check with a medical professional as to whether our walks are a good idea for you to participate in. Some of our walks have numerous ups and downs, hillside trails, and stairs. Although safe for the most part, it's possible that you could slip, trip, or fall during a walk/hike. Some of the trails have various tree roots and protruding rocks that might trip you up. Always pay attention to your footing! Some of walk/hikes have very few dropout points, so please choose a walk that is right for you. If you have any questions, just ask.
We look forward to seeing you at an upcoming walk.
Ken and Lorrie
1) You must have a current clear profile picture and name in order to join the MRAC.
2) This is a fast pace walking group (5.5 - 6.5 or more km/hour) with walks ranging from 10 - 20+ km.
3) Only those on the "Going" list are permitted to attend, in order to keep the group a manageable size. Guests are not permitted unless specifically indicated.
4) If your plans change, please take your name off the "Going" list 48 hours in advance of the event.
5) Dogs are not allowed on our walks/hikes.
6) Please be kind to your fellow "Raviners" :)
7) Please wear appropriate footwear: shoes/boots with good traction and ankle support.
8) Please do not message other members without their explicit permission or mutual consent.
Don't forget to join our other groups for all the MRAC fun:
ARE YOU READY FOR THIS WINTER? Traction Aids aka Icers
I've attached some info below on traction aids for our upcoming snow/ice winter hikes. Traction aids/Icers will be "mandatory" for all of our upcoming winter walk/hikes. Rob from "Hiking for Introverts and Laid-Back People" has provided below some great tips on purchasing Icers. Thank you Rob :)
Winter is here and some of the best and most scenic hiking is in winter. Winter hiking requires:
Traction Aids - Icers
These are mandatory and you will be required to carry them at all times for winter hiking. The correct traction aids do an incredible job of making a slippery situation safe. Not all traction aids are created equal. The $10 cheapies from Canadian Tire and the $20 ones from Costco provide very little traction and usually just fall off. The traction aids of choice are Kahtoola Microspikes or equivalent. You can get them from MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) and links are provided below. The life sport version listed below look like they would work well too. Some people have success getting equivalent version shipped in from China and Sail (Sail.ca) has some that would work as well.
Eagle Claw Ice Cleats work well. They are about $30 cdn from BassPro ... Please note that BassPro's website is in US dollars. These icers come in two sizes Large (mens 6-10) and Xtra Large (mens 10-13).
Please note that failure to have the proper traction aids on a hike will result in you being sent home. Not having them or not wearing them when needed not only compromises your safety, but the safety of everyone else on the hike that you might crash into when you slide down the hill!
Welcome to the Midtown Raviners Athletic Club. We hope to see you at an event soon. By joining you agree to be bound by the waiver below. In consideration of being allowed to become a Midtown Raviner member and being permitted to participate in Midtown Raviners activities, I do hereby waive, release, and forever discharge all Midtown Raviners organizers, volunteers, members and participants from and against any and all claims, demands, actions or causes of action for costs, expenses or damages to personal property or personal injury, or death, which may result from my participation in these activities.
I understand and admit that my participation in Midtown Raviners activities is voluntary. I assume full responsibility for any injuries or damages resulting from my participation in any and all Midtown Raviners activities including responsibility for using reasonable judgment in all phases of participation in these activities and travel to and from any activity location. I understand that these activities may be hazardous. I assume full responsibility for any resulting damages and injuries. I recognize that my participation is at my own risk I recognize and understand that Midtown Raviners organizers are volunteers, and do not necessarily have professional qualifications to lead their activities to industry standards.
I affirm that I am in good health and that I have fully disclosed any and all health concerns and/or will inform Midtown Raviner activity organizers of all health concerns before participating in said activities. I further declare that I will be at an appropriate level of physical fitness and physical capability to participate in any Midtown Raviner activities that I decide to participate in. I also understand that this Waiver of Liability binds my heirs, executors, administrators, and assigns as well as myself. I acknowledge that I have read and understand and I agree to be legally bound by it.