ActiveTO routes announced for May long weekend in Toronto

Posted on May 20, 2021

This weekend’s ActiveTO major weekend road closures includes parts of Lake Shore Boulevard East, Lake Shore Boulevard West and roads within High Park. All will be closed to vehicular traffic to give residents more space for exercise and provide safe access to pedestrians and cyclists. The new ActiveTO Bayview multi-use trail is now open for use until April 2022.

Toronto’s more than 1,500 parks and 11,000 hectares of ravine spaces are also open for fresh air and exercise everyday, including weekends.

The following ActiveTO locations will be available from Saturday, May 22 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, May 23 at 9 p.m.:

  • Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only), between Leslie Street and Woodbine Avenue
  • Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only), between Windermere Avenue and Stadium Road.

As part of ActiveTO, roads in High Park will be closed to vehicles for all three days of the long weekend. Vehicle access will be restricted starting Friday at approximately 11 p.m. until Tuesday at approximately 7 a.m.

The planned temporary ActiveTO Bayview multi-use trail along Bayview Avenue, between Mill Street and Rosedale Valley Road is now available to people walking and riding their bikes and will stay in place every day until April 2022, including weekends. The Bayview Avenue multi-use trail provides an important full-time temporary protected space for residents to get exercise, further connects and expands Toronto’s cycling network, and provides a detour for the planned Lower Don Trail construction closure this summer. The corridor will also safely accommodate vehicles. For the duration of the project, Bayview Avenue, between River Street and Lawren Harris Square, and between Front Street East and Mill Street, has been converted to one-way southbound only for vehicles.

City staff will continue to actively monitor traffic congestion on all routes throughout the weekend and adjust signal timing where required. To help manage traffic congestion around the Lake Shore Boulevard West route, the City will:

  • actively adjust signal timing at the intersection of Windermere Avenue and Lake Shore Boulevard West throughout the weekend
  • place additional paid duty officers at key intersections and access points along Lake Shore Boulevard West and the Brookers Lane off-ramp to allow for safe access to roads on the southside of the roadway
  • place additional Traffic Agents at key intersections where pedestrians and people on bikes access the closure
  • introduce more signage, well in advance of the closure, to advise motorists on the Gardiner Expressway sooner so that they avoid the area and choose a different route
  • improve traffic management plans at the Gardiner/Lake Shore Boulevard split and at the Windermere and Lake Shore Boulevard West intersection to allow for better traffic flow.

Motorists are reminded to plan their trips in advance to avoid the closures if possible and should consider using a wayfinding app to understand detours and travel times.

ActiveTO routes are open to people on bikes and pedestrians. Residents planning to use ActiveTO routes or visit High Park should do so only with members of their own household and are asked to access them by bike or as a pedestrian due to limited nearby parking and no on-site parking available.

Parking lots along Lake Shore Boulevard West, at Sunnyside Park, Budapest Park and Sir Casimir Gzowski Park, will be closed all weekend during ActiveTO closures. Overnight parking is not permitted in these lots and any vehicles should be moved before midnight on Friday.

City staff will close lanes on Allen Road on June 5 and are planning to expand ActiveTO weekend closures to vehicles along Black Creek Drive and roads within the Exhibition Place grounds later this summer.

Bike Share Toronto stations are available along ActiveTO routes. Download the PBSC app to get started at

ActiveTO was designed in response to COVID-19 to provide more space for people to practise physical distancing while outside, support the overall wellbeing of residents and to quickly connect and expand Toronto’s cycling network by installing safe, separated temporary bike routes that mirror major transit lines.

Learn more about ActiveTO, including information about the new ActiveTO Bayview Cycling Corridor, at

Maps and details for available paths and trails are available at

Details about access to High Park are available at


Mental Health Event hosted by Windermere United Church

Posted on April 22, 2021

ANXIETY – Friend or Foe?

Thursday, May 13, 7 p.m. Free Online Event, hosted by Windermere United Church

Join Andrew Poulos, M. Ed., for a conversation on understanding and addressing anxiety. Andrew is a Registered Psychotherapist who helps students and adults actively manage mental health challenges. In this one-hour conversation, Andrew will unpack anxiety, how it affects us, and share practical tools for its management.

Register to participate in the conversation by Zoom here:

Or watch as we broadcast the event live at

High Park Zoo Events! – ZOOVIEWS on May 1 and May 15.

Posted on April 22, 2021


ZOOVIEWS is Friends of High Park Zoo’s live speaker series with the ability to ask questions of an expert!

Join on Saturday, May 1 at 1:00pm EST, along with animal expert Dr. Taylor Chastain Griffin to learn more about llamas. Please visit our website ( for Zoom meeting details.

This talk will be about the general effects of animal-assisted interventions on human health and well-being, as well as animal-related engagement. There will be a specific focus on llamas.


ZOOVIEWS is Friends of High Park Zoo’s live speaker series with the ability to ask questions of an expert!

Join on Saturday, May 15 at 9:00am EST, along with animal expert Dr. Emilio A. Herrera Perez to learn more about capybaras.  Please visit our website ( for Zoom meeting details.

This talk will be about the capybara – its size, some general characteristics such as precociality, diet and social system.

Sunnyside Community Association – May 5th meeting

Posted on April 15, 2021

The Sunnyside Community Association (SCA) is made up of
neighbours who live within the Sunnyside boundaries of Parkside
Drive, High Park Boulevard, Roncesvalles Avenue and the lake.

Please email for the Zoom link.

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Toronto ACORN virtual tenant rights information session – March 27 & 29

Posted on March 25, 2021

Toronto ACORN is hosting a virtual tenant rights information session on Saturday March 27 at 2PM, as well as a virtual resist renovictions workshop on Monday March 29th at 6PM.

We will cover details around renovictions, rent increases, evictions, maintenance and repair issues, and more.

There will be time for questions and discussion afterward. We will also have an information flyer to send to those who attended with more resources and links to topics covered.

Those who are interested will need to register beforehand using this link: for the session on Saturday and for the session on Monday.

There are also event pages on Facebook:
Tenant Information Session –

Resist Renovictions –

Those who are interested can RSVP by emailing or by calling 416 461 9233.


Updates from Windermere United Church

Posted on March 18, 2021

The Sacred Practice of Caregiving
March 25, 12:30 p.m. Via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Join us for a conversation with Professor John Swinton on the key role spirituality can play in caregiving. Professor Swinton is a sought-after speaker on issues of healthcare and spirituality, building on years of practical experience and theological reflection.

This talk will be of special interest to caregivers, particularly those who love and care for people with dementia or mental health challenges. Let your family and friends know.

Register for the Zoom link at

Or watch via Facebook Live at

EASTER FOOD DRIVE – Help us fill baskets with more than just chocolates this year. Please bring your non-perishable items to our side door on Mayfield Ave, Saturday April 3rd, from 10am-4pm.

Neighbours Helping Neighbours (NHN) is a program organized by Windemere United Church that connects local people who require help with neighbours who can help. We pull together supplies, practical information on community services, food security,  and, most important, volunteers. And then, make the connections. If a person requires specialized assistance, their situation is referred to an appropriate resource. If we can help, please reach out through this form or call us at (416) 769-5611. If you want to volunteer, we’d love to hear from you, here.


Learn about the Toronto Archive’s online resources

Posted on March 4, 2021

Back Lane Studios offers a free Zoom workshop Thursday, March 11, 11 a.m.

Did you ever wonder about a building’s history?  Or who used to live in your house?  Maybe you’d like to find out when something was built or what was on a site now occupied by a condo?  During this free workshop on Zoom, Jessica Algie, from the Toronto Archives, will show us how to dig into the city’s past by tapping into directories, insurance maps, photo archives, old newspaper files and other online databases.  As a case study, she’ll show how she used these resources to explore the history of a building on Roncesvalles Avenue that used to be a dairy.

Please reserve your spot for this free Zoom event on Eventbrite:

About the Presenter:  Jessica has worked in the history field at the City of Toronto for the past 16 years.  She began at Spadina Museum Historic House and Gardens as a day-camp counselor, and later as an interpreter and program officer.  Jessica joined the City of Toronto Archives in 2013, where she works to help people access the City’s wonderful archival collections through tours and exhibitions.  Although the archives are currently closed because of Covid, many of its research resources can be accessed online.


Reminder! the Toronto Virtual Seedy is this Saturday February 27, 10 am to 2 pm

Posted on February 25, 2021

This year, due to COVID concerns, Seedy Saturday is going virtual!

Brought to you by Seeds of Diversity Canada, Toronto Urban Growers and Toronto SS organizers, this Virtual Seedy Saturday promises to be full of great gardening and growing advice. There will be links to seed and gardening companies, a resource library, webinars by gardening experts, a live question/answer forum, kids activities and info re local seed exchanges.

Webinars include Balcony/Container Gardening, Starting Seeds Indoors, Garden Planning, Saving Seeds and many more! If you have extra seeds, please consider contributing them to the local seed exchanges! (see website for drop off points)

No sign up required ! Visit ongoing and day of  to connect to info, webinars and live chats  For questions  And like our event page for updates

Join Windermere United Church for A History In Song – Canadian Black History

Posted on February 25, 2021

Sunday March 7th at 10:30am – A History In Song – Canadian Black History

Journey with Windermere United Church through 400 years of Canadian History, told through story and song. Uncover Canada’s history of racial struggle and division, while celebrating the successes of the heroes of Canadian Black history, from Viola Desmond to Desmond Cole. With Special Guest Vocalist, Evangelia Kambites.

To register to participate and watch via Zoom, please fill out this form:

Or you can watch the livestream via our Facebook page:

High Park-Western Beached Funding Opportunity

Posted on February 18, 2021

The High Park-Western Beaches Fund program will make available up to $3,000 to Registered Charities, Not-for-Profit groups or individuals (not commercial) that host free activities (programs, events) between June 2021 and January 2022 in support of social, environmental and recreation initiatives in High Park and Western Beaches.  Interest groups can submit their application. The application deadline is March 31st, 2021. The application is available below. To submit applications and for information and assistance, please reply to

2021 High Park-Western Beaches Fund- Application Form
June 2021