Planning Meeting

If you would like to contribute some ideas to our City Walk program, perhaps lead a walk or two, get together with some of your walking buddies, are curious about the City Walk program, or perhaps would just like to have a beverage or two, please join us on Saturday, August 18, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Monarch Tavern for a planning meeting. We will be upstairs on the 2nd floor. 

The Monarch Tavern is located at 12 Clinton Street, one block south of College St., on the corner of Clinton and Henderson St. To get there you can:

• take the subway to Bathurst station and ride the streetcar south to College, then walk west to Clinton, and south to Henderson, • or take the 506 streetcar along College to Clinton, and walk south to Henderson,

• or take the 505 streetcar along Dundas to Grace Street, walk north to Mansfield Ave, east to Clinton, and then north to Henderson

Please let me know if you are interested in walks that are faster or slower, longer or shorter than our standard walks, and we will try to accommodate you.

Note that there is currently a scheduled subway closure on Line 1 (Yonge Line) for this date, between Lawrence and Yonge-Bloor stations, in case that affects your travel time. However, before heading out, please check the TTC Scheduled Subway Closures site at to see if this has changed. Also, check for other TTC bus or streetcar diversions at

If you not able to make it but are interested in having some input, please email me at If you are interested in leading a walk, please let me know what dates you would be interested in and which walks you would be interested in leading. Note that you must be a TBN member to lead a walk. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me (John Burdett) at

City Walk Program Info

Starting in mid-October, TBN will again be running a full program of City Walks. As we have done in the last few years, we will run about 10 of our regular, pre-planned walks, which will take us to mid-December. In January, we will follow this with our informal walks through the winter until the weather is nice enough to start biking again.

The Fall City Walks start Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM (with one exception). We will walk for about 10 Km, sometimes with shorter or longer optional distances, using city streets and/or ravines. The level of difficulty is similar to a Leisure Wheeler or Urban Roller bike ride.

There will usually be a stop for coffee and one or two bathroom breaks. We either finish where we started or at another subway station. Typically, we are near a location where we can get a snack, lunch, or beverage. To finish the season, we will probably have our annual Bonfire & Pot Luck Lunch Walk, followed by our Christmas Lights Walk, which is run on a Saturday evening. Some walks may have themes, where we go to look at particular things, or not, where we just walk to enjoy walking. Maps will either be provided as paper copies at the start of the walk, or be made available on the website as is currently done for bike rides.

Now that the new subway stations extend into York Region, we may be able to visit areas of the GTA that we have not been able to reach easily before.

Let me know if you are interested in walks that may be slower, faster, longer, or shorter than our regular routes, and I will try to accommodate you.

The Fall City Walks are free to TBN members. Non-members are welcome, but will be asked to sign the waiver form, and pay the $5 non-member fee.

In January, we start our Winter Walk program. These walks are the same as the Fall walks (starting Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM, etc.) except that they are less formal, with the start point and route not scheduled very far in advance. Information is usually provided by the Wednesday before the walk. This allows us to be more flexible to accommodate changing weather conditions, perhaps allowing us to keep the wind at our backs, or provide a more sheltered route on cold, windy days. It also allows us to visit locations pertaining to current events, or other things that people may find interesting. Some walks may have themes, such as historical events, particular architectural styles, works of art, etc. Also, maps are often not provided, as we tend to stick together in a group. 

The Winter City Walks will continue until the weather is nice enough to begin cycling, often ending in March or April. We also

As we have done for the past few years, we will probably arrange to do some sort of walking event for Jane's Walks and for Doors Open Toronto, both of which will probably occur in May 2019.

The Winter City Walks are free to both TBN members and non-members. Non-members will not be charged the $5 non-member fee, but they will be asked to sign the waiver form.

If you have any questions about City Walk program, please email me at  

John Burdett

City Walks Coordinator

City Walks

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