Last minute: Exploring the Rosedale Ravine - Plan future ravine walks

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Okay, so this is very last minute. In any event, the weather is great today and is looking great for tomorrow. So, I thought I would put this up. But, also I would to get these ravine walks going on a regular basis and would like your feedback/thoughts on where you would like to explore.

Although, this is NOT in Toronto, I would like to suggest a day trip to Inglis Falls. I was there last year and it was really incredible. Even if you can't make "short notice for tomorrow" please leave comment with your thoughts.

Here is a link to Inglis Falls:

http://ontarioconservationareas.ca/component/mtree/conservation-authorities-of-ontario/grey-sauble/inglis-falls-conservation-area

Anyway, we can talk about this while exploring (my favorite) the Rosedale ravine tomorrow April 18. The benefits of the ravine are described as follows (http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2009/03/23/the_walk_of_the_town_torontos_best_trails.html):

"He was looking for a job and feeling tense. He needed to walk. A friend suggested he take the stairs from Heath St. E., near St. Clair subway station, into a southbound trail along Yellow Creek.

"Suddenly, I felt transported out of the city," he recalls. "I was walking beside a stream in a forest. I heard the birds, it was so quiet.

"I thought, `If somebody hadn't told me about this, I would never have known.'"

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Two hour walk, stop for Coffee at the end.

Note that we will end at a different location from where we begin. You may want to bring money for a coffee at the end a subway token to return. Make sure you have appropriate footware!

http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails-a-z/rosedale-ravine-trail

The Rosedale Ravine is amazing because it's right in the centre of Toronto (http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails-a-z/rosedale-ravine-trail). It starts right at Yonge and St. Clair. You've got the hustle and bustle, then you just duck down that sidestreet, Heath Street East, go down the staircase and suddenly you're immersed in the forest walking along a creek. You feel like you're transported miles away from the city. The Rosedale Ravine is a loop. To the south it takes you down to the Bayview Extension, north up to Moore Avenue or you can take it to Mount Pleasant Cemetery (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Pleasant_Cemetery,_Toronto), across that old railway bridge that's now a foot bridge across Yonge Street.

Farther north, you can take it to the old Belt Line trail, the old railway that went through Forest Hill. You emerge from this forest and you're at a subway station. Some of the trees in Toronto's ravines are now more than 150 years old. They survived the urbanization of Toronto, and are part of our living history. Ravines are highly sensitive areas. They are storehouses of water and vegetation. When the topography, water flow or the natural plant community is altered in any way, the ecology and function of the ravine are also affected. Information provided by the

Toronto (http://www.toronto.ca/)

website.