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Welcome to the Toronto Nature Lovers!

If you are a nature lover who wants to get out with like-minded people for a day of adventure and fun while seeing and learning about nature. Then this is the group for you.

We are all so busy in our lives, we sometimes forget to stop and soak in the beauty that is all around us. It is important to take a break from our daily stresses. There is no better way to do this than get outside and experience the magic! It’s not only enjoyable, but good for the body, mind and soul.

Can you imagine the thrill of a Bald Eagle soaring over your head? It's an unbelievable feeling! Seeing your first Wolf in the wild is a moment that you would cherish for a lifetime!

We will be travelling out of the city by chartered van to different parts of Southern Ontario and further for outdoor nature adventures. We only have small groups for a more intimate experience.

Our earth is in trouble, the more people that have an appreciation of nature makes for a better world.

Why should you join?

• To experience nature firsthand

• To learn about our natural world

• To have fun

• Many friendships have developed through the Toronto Nature Lovers.

• Nature Lovers are the most compassionate and caring people on earth

So I hope you will take the time to join and come experience the magic of the great outdoors with us!

Cheers, Murray

Upcoming events (3)

The Return of the Swans - Saturday, March 23, 2019

4050 Yonge Street Northwest Corner of Yonge St & York Mills Rd/Wilson Ave

CA$99.00

Join us as we greet Spring in southwestern Ontario by the amazing annual spectacle of hundreds or thousands of Tundra Swans and other waterfowl filling the fields and skies as they migrate northward, as well as many other birds such as Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, Eastern Screech Owls and much more. Photography opportunities are fantastic. Tundra Swans visit the Long Point area each year to refuel for their journey further north into the arctic, where they will raise their young. Our tours to this remarkable area in the past have had sightings of thousands of swans, alongside various other waterfowl species. Sandhill Cranes are in courtship mode and we often observe them dancing and calling in the fields alongside the Tundra Swans. Bald and sometimes Golden Eagles are around as well, and will often raise the birds, resulting in an amazing March snowstorm of hundreds of swans swirling overhead - it is truly a remarkable sight. We do not see many cranes or Tundra Swans in Toronto, so for this outing we will go west and south into the world-famous Long Point area to witness this amazing spectacle at the height of its peak. If we are lucky, we will see hundreds if not thousands of Sandhill Cranes and Tundra Swans - flying overhead, resting on the water or feeding in nearby fields. We will visit several sites that will let us view these great birds. The Long Point area is also famous for concentrating ducks in the Spring, so we will also have the opportunity to view over a dozen species of colourful ducks and other waterfowl, also staging their migration - and the eagles that are attracted to the masses of ducks. We will also visit a site that usually has one or two Eastern Screech-Owls that can be seen during the day. Join us to see this amazing spectacle of nature for the short time that it happens. We know our way around the Long Point area from many previous Tundra Swan viewing tours, and we know the best places to see these amazing birds. We are doing tours to this area during the best time to see Tundra Swans, Sandhill Cranes, Eagles and a diversity of other birds. We will be stopping for lunch at approximately 2:00 pm. All times are approximate, and the Toronto Nature Lovers reserves the right to adjust the schedule at any time, to give us the best opportunity to see wildlife. Due to the migratory nature of these birds and the fact that these tours are into wild areas and not controlled conditions, we cannot guarantee that each tour will be the same. That being said, we have seen hundreds of Tundra Swans and many Sandhill Cranes and Bald Eagles on every single tour we have run here. Lunch is not included. Please feel free to bring extra snacks and drinks if you please. The Itinerary: • Depart York Mills Subway Station at 9:00 a.m. sharp. • Second Pick-up at Kipling Subway Station. Passenger pick-up area. 9:30 am. We will be making one rest stop on our journey to Long Point. • Lunch 2:00 p.m. • Arrive back in Toronto for 7:00 pm. Price is 99.00 dollars including tax.

The Return of the Swans - Sunday, March 24, 2019

4050 Yonge Street Northwest Corner of Yonge St & York Mills Rd/Wilson Ave

CA$99.00

Join us as we greet Spring in southwestern Ontario by the amazing annual spectacle of hundreds or thousands of Tundra Swans and other waterfowl filling the fields and skies as they migrate northward, as well as many other birds such as Sandhill Cranes, Bald Eagles, Eastern Screech Owls and much more. Photography opportunities are fantastic. Tundra Swans visit the Long Point area each year to refuel for their journey further north into the arctic, where they will raise their young. Our tours to this remarkable area in the past have had sightings of thousands of swans, alongside various other waterfowl species. Sandhill Cranes are in courtship mode and we often observe them dancing and calling in the fields alongside the Tundra Swans. Bald and sometimes Golden Eagles are around as well, and will often raise the birds, resulting in an amazing March snowstorm of hundreds of swans swirling overhead - it is truly a remarkable sight. We do not see many cranes or Tundra Swans in Toronto, so for this outing we will go west and south into the world-famous Long Point area to witness this amazing spectacle at the height of its peak. If we are lucky, we will see hundreds if not thousands of Sandhill Cranes and Tundra Swans - flying overhead, resting on the water or feeding in nearby fields. We will visit several sites that will let us view these great birds. The Long Point area is also famous for concentrating ducks in the Spring, so we will also have the opportunity to view over a dozen species of colourful ducks and other waterfowl, also staging their migration - and the eagles that are attracted to the masses of ducks. We will also visit a site that usually has one or two Eastern Screech-Owls that can be seen during the day. Join us to see this amazing spectacle of nature for the short time that it happens. We know our way around the Long Point area from many previous Tundra Swan viewing tours, and we know the best places to see these amazing birds. We are doing tours to this area during the best time to see Tundra Swans, Sandhill Cranes, Eagles and a diversity of other birds. We will be stopping for lunch at approximately 2:00 pm. All times are approximate, and the Toronto Nature Lovers reserves the right to adjust the schedule at any time, to give us the best opportunity to see wildlife. Due to the migratory nature of these birds and the fact that these tours are into wild areas and not controlled conditions, we cannot guarantee that each tour will be the same. That being said, we have seen hundreds of Tundra Swans and many Sandhill Cranes and Bald Eagles on every single tour we have run here. Lunch is not included. Please feel free to bring extra snacks and drinks if you please. The Itinerary: • Depart York Mills Subway Station at 9:00 a.m. sharp. • Second Pick-up at Kipling Subway Station. Passenger pick-up area. 9:30 am. We will be making one rest stop on our journey to Long Point. • Lunch 2:00 p.m. • Arrive back in Toronto for 7:00 pm. Price is 99.00 dollars including tax.

Algonquin Park Spring Wildlife Adventure - Moose and More!

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CA$329.00

Over our many years worth of trips to Algonquin Park, we think that early Spring is one of the best times to visit the park to view wildlife. Moose are common and often easy to see next to the road, Northern River Otters and Beavers are often seen on top of the melting spring ice, and special birds such as Spruce Grouse have begun their courtship displays. Join us for a fun-filled weekend in Ontario's most famous park with Lev, a former park ranger as our guide, in search of wildlife. On the first day, we depart Toronto to make it into Algonquin Park in the afternoon, meeting with our naturalist guide Lev Frid. Lev has worked in Algonquin Park as a naturalist for nine years, and lives in the nearby town of Huntsville, where we will stay. He has an unparalleled local knowledge of the park and the whereabouts of the wildlife we will seek, and will be happy to answer any of your questions about anything nature-related. We will then head directly to Algonquin Park, keeping an eye out on the road for Moose, birds and other wildlife. We will have lunch at the iconic Visitor Centre, enjoying the view and the perhaps multitudes of colourful finches coming to the bird feeder. As the day progresses, wildlife becomes more active. We have had many incredible sightings of everything from Moose, Beaver, River Otter, American Marten, and we recently had good luck with the elusive Eastern Wolf. We will cruise the road and visit the sites that Lev has found to be the most productive for wildlife. We will arrive at Huntsville in the evening, check-in to our hotel, and have a lovely dinner at a local restaurant in this charming little town. We will be up early the next morning, putting us in Algonquin Park at the best time to view the specialty birds of the park - these are not found south of Algonquin, and the park is the best place to view them in Southern Ontario. We will visit the habitat and try to see and photograph them - the Spruce Grouse, Boreal Chickadee, and Black-backed Woodpecker. We will be taking short hikes to the best areas scouted by Lev in the days prior, to find the best bird and mammal viewing. Our target after our early morning birding will be Algonquin's largest mammal - the Moose. Chances are we will have already seen a Moose on our travels through the park, but if we have not - we will drive the roads in search of these mighty monarchs of the northern forest. We have even been lucky enough in previous trips to see moose while hiking - an unforgettable experience! Do not worry - these are gentle giants and are unperturbed by people. Of course, the best time to see moose - the early evening - is an excellent time to see other wildlife as well, and we have had everything from Eastern Wolves, Red Foxes to Barred Owls on these evening drives. This trip was designed to maximize our time in Algonquin Park during the best times to see wildlife - the evenings and morning. It gives us enough time in the park to see a variety of different habitats and potential for seeing many species of mammals and birds. Lev's experience and close proximity to the park enables him to find the best areas before our visit, which gives us with the best chances of encountering wildlife. We have seen many amazing wildlife spectacles in Algonquin Park during this special time of year, and hope to share some of them with you - as we have been doing for many years. We will do our best to view the most diversity of wildlife and have excellent chances to see many things, but cannot guarantee any particular species as the tour takes place in wild terrain and not captive conditions. We will observe and photograph any wildlife we find at leisure, but will not be feeding or approaching wildlife in a way that may be detrimental to their welfare. Some Important Information: The tour is considered an medium activity. The hikes are short as most of the wildlife and birds are located in concentrated areas. Appropriate footwear is highly recommended as trails may be snow covered or very wet at this time of year. There will be quite a bit of driving. Being there two days will give us a much better chance to see wildlife and to breathe the fresh air. If it's not cloudy, we should experience bright starlit skies. We will be departing from York Mills Station Saturday Morning at 9:00 am sharp. We will arrive back in Toronto at approximately 6:00 pm Sunday night. Parking is available at Impark in the York Mills Centre Parking Lot. This is the only place that has overnight parking. You are not allowed to park in the TTC Commuter Lot overnight where we meet. Included: • Return Transportation to Algonquin Park • Guided tour (2 days) with Algonquin Park Naturalist Interpretive Guide Lev Frid • Admission to Algonquin Park (2 days) • One night Hotel • Free Continental Breakfast • And a Great Time! The price is[masked] dollars per person. You can also message me about alternate payment methods. There is only a limited number of seats available. All times are approximate, and the Toronto Nature Lovers reserves the right to adjust the schedule at any time, to give us the best opportunity to see wildlife. If this is your first visit to Algonquin Park, I promise you… it won’t be your last!

Past events (202)

The Return of the Swans Part 2 Sunday, March 17, 2019

4050 Yonge Street Northwest Corner of Yonge St & York Mills Rd/Wilson Ave

CA$99.00

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