Natural Environment Trail Strategy

Posted on August 13, 2012



This year, the City of Toronto will be developing a City of Toronto Natural Environment Trail Strategy to protect the City of Toronto’s natural areas while offering safe and enjoyable recreational opportunities for all natural environment/dirt trail users. These trails are well-used by hikers, dog-walkers, and mountain bikers, and are highly valued as an important part of the recreational trail network.

Outside of Crothers Woods in the Lower Don Valley, there has been limited management of informal natural environment trails throughout the City’s natural areas and ravine lands and we want to change that.

The first step in an effective trail management system is to determine what trails exist and what state they are in. From 2008 to 2010, Natural Environment & Community Programs mapped the informal trail system throughout the City of Toronto’s major watersheds and natural areas. More than 300 km of informal, natural-surface trails were charted. Significant areas of environmental degradation, erosion, and a large number of unauthorized structures and trail features were discovered.

In 2012, through extensive data collection and community engagement, the City of Toronto will be developing a Natural Environment Trail Strategy that will identify the opportunities, constraints, planning, policies and management strategies required ensure the protection of the City of Toronto’s natural areas while offering safe and enjoyable recreational opportunities for all natural environment trail users.

As part of our ongoing community engagement strategy we want to hear from you! We will be hosting the following information and planning sessions. Please register for these events at

Don and Highland Creek Watersheds
Tuesday, September 18 at 6:30pm, Papermill Theatre and Gallery (Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery Rd.)

Etobicoke and Mimico Creeks and the Humber River Watersheds
Wednesday, September 19 at 6:30pm, Swansea Town Hall (95 Lavinia Ave.)



As well you can give the city the dirt. Complete the survey on natural environment/dirt trails to help build a better trail system.



Friends of High Park Zoo – Peacock Gala and Silent Auction

Posted on August 13, 2012



“Friends of High Park Zoo would like to invite you to come and celebrate the “Saving of High Park Zoo”and help to support the Zoo in the year to come.





Peacocks stand for rejuvenation and we feel that is what is happening to our Zoo; thanks to the huge support from the local community and many others we raised the monies to stay open for 2012, and now need to raise $228,800.00 for 2013. This event is our big fund raiser for the year and we hope you will be able to support us at this time. A fun filled evening with buffet dinner, silent auction,entertainment and a wonderful view of the lake. Get your friends to make up a table for eight, eight tickets for $750.00, individual tickets $100.00.

Tickets can be obtained by or purchased at the Zoo on Saturdays and Sundays 11-3pm – Donations to the Silent Auction are most welcome too.”


For more information on The Friends of High Park Zoo please see: or on facebook at



Toronto Beaches Water Quality

Posted on August 13, 2012



“Toronto has some of the best beaches in the world…. From June to August, the City of Toronto takes daily water samples from the supervised beaches across the city and tests for E. coli bacteria. When E. coli levels are high Toronto Public Health posts warning signs against swimming.”


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To find up to date swimming conditions, or learn more about testing please see:


LEAF – International Influences: Inspiring Ideas For Trees In Public Space

Posted on August 13, 2012


Presenter: Brendan Stewart, Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, ERA Architects, Toronto

Planting trees to enhance and humanize our cities is a practice as old as human civilization.  Join us as we explore the rich aesthetic traditions and histories of planting trees in gardens, parks and urban open spaces from around the world, and how these practices shape our ideas about green space here in Toronto.  Through images of beautiful and inspirational designed landscapes we’ll learn how designing with trees can enhance our experience of place, and join in a discussion about the relevance of these traditions today. This event qualifies for ISA Continuing Education Units (CEU).

Accessible entrance  and accessible ramp

Public transit: Subway to St. Andrew station

Cost: FREE


For more information please see:  LEAF







August 2012