FamilyNatureWalkTTPOur family nature walks usually go like this: Go outside. Boys find a stick. Stick turns into a sword…

But you know, sometimes I’d like them to stop and smell the flowers or — spot the animal scat.

Finally, we did with the help of the super staff from the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority through their free Family Nature Walks at Tommy Thompson Park. These monthly kid-friendly adventures on foot are series seriously one of the most engaging and educational experiences we’ve had – for kids and adults in TOw.

Mark your calendars:

Family Nature Walks
All ages, third Sunday of every month
Next sessions: April 17 (1 p.m.) / May 15 (1 p.m.) / June 19 (10 a.m.)
Free (Pay what you can, $5 suggested donation.)
Register online.

Young Birders’ Club
Birding walk series for 9-12 year olds (cycling for some meet-ups); binoculars provided.
Club meeting dates: April 17, May 1, May 15, May 29 (8:30-11:30 a.m.)
Cost: $100
Register online.


Getting there: By car, travel south on Leslie St. Loads of free parking. By bike, accessible from the Martin Goodman Trail and the Waterfront Trail. On TTC, take the 501 Queen St. Streetcar and get off at Leslie St and go south. About 1.5 km to the gate.

Low-down: Access to Tommy Thompson Park is free. Open on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. 9 am – 6 pm April to October. 9 am – 4:30 pm November to March. No-dogs policy to protect plant life in the park. Swimming is not permitted. More park etiquette.

Snacks: Bring your own and leave with your garbage (there are no garbage cans on site.) There are no picnic areas per se. You’ll see lots of people stopping for a snack on a rock while snapping a few photos.

Potty time: Spotted some port-a-potties. There are indoor washrooms and a rest area in the environmental shelter mid-way.

Learn more: Stop by the interpretive centre. Buff up on your history of this accidental wilderness. 

More kid-friendly trails: We suggest these family-friendly hikes for families with little kids in TOw.

Tommy Thompson Park
416.661.6600 ext 5770
Twitter: @TRCA_TTP