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TBTC Bulletin - March 15, 2020
How to get out during the COVID-19 restrictions
Are the trails still open?
Yes, indeed, the trails themselves are open. This is actually an excellent time to explore them with your family or a few friends. Being outside is not only healthy and a stress reliever, but the risk of spreading viruses is much lower than when you are indoors in public spaces. We are sending out this bulletin to help you access some of our finest natural areas in the nearby vicinity.

The only caveat is that you will find washrooms and visitor centres closed. See this announcement from Conservation Halton, for example. Make sure to bring your own water and snacks. If you are going to a conservation area it is wise to check their website before you go, for latest updates.

Your very own trail challenge?
If you have kids who need something to do in these next weeks, you may want to set your own challenge to see how many of these trails you can complete. (I know, there oughta be a badge for this!!)

Let's begin with Toronto
The city has many amazing natural areas and ravines. Check this list from the City of Toronto website for starters. You could walk down Milkman's Lane, for example, a gravel path that dates back 130 years when it was used for delivering milk to Rosedale homes. Milkman's Lane connects you to the Brickworks and the Don Valley ravine system. A relatively unknown gem on the list is the Glen Stewart Ravine in the Beach area.

The city site also provides downloadable maps and descriptions for its Discovery Walks, many of which explore ravines and rivers. They include descriptions of points of interest along the way.

You may also want to walk along the lake. You can check out the Waterfront Trail, or take the ferry to the Toronto Islands and walk from Ward's Island to Hanlon's Point. Don't forget Tommy Thomson Park on the Leslie Spit (open during the day on Sat and Sun, and after 4 pm Mon-Fri).

The city provides a two part map of the entire walking trail system. You can download the pdfs at City of Toronto Trails.

Outside the City
If you'd like to go a little further afield you could visit the trails running along the Humber River from Kleinburg or visit the Kortright Centre.

If you have a current Bruce Trail Reference Guide you can certainly explore our trails on your own. You can also purchase individual trail maps from the BTC by email (you'll get downloadable pdfs). Or you can download the BTC trail app for $19.99.

If you do not have the maps, there are still many fine options when you take advantage of conservation areas such as Hilton Falls Conservation Area, Kelso Conservation AreaRattlesnake Point Conservation Area and Crawford Lake Conservation Area. The trails are open but most visitor services are closed due to ongoing health concerns.

Remember...
Be sure to follow advice from Public Health to protect yourselves and each other, and stay safe.


 
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