One more reason why exploring the #TorontoRavines is so great

Great article which includes:

Green space has been shown to reduce levels of the stress hormone cortisol and increase serotonin, which reflects a calmer state. It provides relief from the sensory overload that is part of daily life, especially as a result of technology, and helps restore focus and attention.

And exercise like walking that takes place in the outdoors instead of a gym packs even more of a punch — as a result of changing terrain, fresh air and even the natural chemicals absorbed through the senses.

That wouldn’t come as a surprise to many on this Jefferson Forest trail.

“I just look up and breathe and it’s like a lifeline to me,” says Mike Felaco, 50, of Mount Albert. “You get to lose yourself, you can think better.”


Walkabout in Taylor Creek

Great post on Taylor Creek park

Peter Visima's

Today’s walkabout took me back to Taylor Creek Trail. This hidden gem of a path in East York is accessible by car in a few places. There is an entrance off of Don Mills Road between Overlea and O’Connor Drive. You can also access the park from Dawes Road north of the Danforth and also from in behind Stan Wadlow Park off Cosburn Avenue down Haldon Avenue.

By foot I access the trail at the top of Coxwell Avenue where Coxwell turns into Coxwell Boulevard north of O’Connor Drive. At the north end of Cullen Bryant Park you will find a stairway leading down into Taylor Creek.

I was on the road early this morning at 6:45am. It turned out to be a bit too early with regards to getting some sunrise and sunbeam photos. I started walking east and it took until I was almost at Dawes Road…

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How about that Rosedale Ravine Trail in the #TorontoRavines

The info tweeted includes:

The Rosedale Ravine is amazing because it’s right in the centre of Toronto. It starts right at Yonge and St. Clair. You’ve got the hustle and bustle, then you just duck down that sidestreet, Heath Street East, go down the staircase and suddenly you’re immersed in the forest walking along a creek. You feel like you’re transported miles away from the city. The Rosedale Ravine is a loop. To the south it takes you down to the Bayview Extension, north up to Moore Avenue or you can take it to Mount Pleasant Cemetery, across that old railway bridge that’s now a foot bridge across Yonge Street.

Farther north, you can take it to the old Belt Line trail, the old railway that went through Forest Hill. You emerge from this forest and you’re at a subway station. Some of the trees in Toronto’s ravines are now more than 150 years old. They survived the urbanization of Toronto, and are part of our living history. Ravines are highly sensitive areas. They are storehouses of water and vegetation. When the topography, water flow or the natural plant community is altered in any way, the ecology and function of the ravine are also affected. Information provided by the Toronto website.

Some #Lovetheravines because the #TorontoRavines are home

Among the trees in the peaceful ravines of a bustling city is a secret and mysterious world. 

Its inhabitants are survivors, living lives of sorrow, humour, despair, determination, deceit and resilience.

An eight-month search for the people living in Toronto’s ravines yields this moving story.

By Margaret Philp with photographs by Patti Gower