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Get Outside and Walk!

September 22, 2014 | Kate S. | Comments (2)

   Nature Walk
"The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy; walk and be healthy. The best way to lengthen out our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose." Charles Dickens

Walking is great exercise, helps with stress levels and can provide a much needed respite from our busy lives. Walking can be energizing, calming and provide the time for contemplation we don't get sitting on the couch or running around doing errands. It can also be a wonderful shared experience.

Early fall is the perfect time to get outside and explore nature. The weather is bit cooler, the leaves are just starting to change, and the air has a wonderful fresh crispness. There are many nature trails and parks in the city, Sherwood Park being my go to destination, but if you’re willing to travel a bit there are many longer and more remote trails East, West and North of the city limits. We recently went out to the Northumberland County Forest near Cobourg, Ontario and had a blast exploring the wilderness. The trails are clearly marked and vary in length, and you really feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere.  We took lots of pictures of the insects, birds, and plants we saw, and enjoyed having some quiet time together. After our walk we used the pictures to look up the names and descriptions of everything – it was a great science lesson for my daughter who now has an affinity for millipedes, and can recognize poison ivy.

The City of Toronto website has a great overview of some of the city’s trails, with directions, maps and historical information about the areas.

You can also check out some of the walking guides to Toronto Area trails:

Hike Ontario    Hiker Mike's      Nature Hikes   Great Country Walks 

Make your walks a daily routine and borrow a pedometer from the library – you will be amazed at how many steps you take in a day! It's also a great way to challenge yourself and your friends - try and beat each other's daily records. Pedometers are available to borrow for a 3 week period.

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