You’ll be amazed at what you’ll find! When it comes to starting out as a walker, one of the first suggestions I make is to start where you live. Your neighbourhood is your home turf, so you can take a spin without a big drive or a big plan. Just head out the door. Your neighbourhood might hold many familiar sights and sounds, but, look a little closer and you might find a whole world you didn’t know was there.
My neighbourhood in Scarborough’s West Hill area backs on to Highland Creek. When I moved there, it was like a candy store of discovery for a regular walker like me. I could get to Lake Ontario with a 25-minute walk and on the way, be serenaded by all kinds of birds. It became my regular jaunt. But, there were parts I never got to until I started walking with my cousin who has also lived in the same neighbourhood for over twenty years. She brought me to streets literally down the road from me that I had never touched. From there, my curiosity about my own ‘backyard’ took hold.
I have multiple routes and combinations to satisfy my desire on any given day. Depending on how much time I have, what my mood wants, how much sidewalk or greenspace I want, or what works better in the evening or in winter, it’s all right from my doorstep. I especially love walking in the evenings in winter when the neighbourhood is lit up with holiday lights and decorations all unique to the families in each house. Right now, I love seeing everyone’s front gardens and checking out what they’ve got growing.
Urban Gems: Explore 9 Toronto Neighbourhoods by Susan Oliver
Susan is a city dweller who has lived in the City of Toronto's Davisville Village for over 20 years. She has discovered you don’t need to leave the city to find beautiful urban trails to explore. Check out some of the gems she has discovered on her weekend adventures. Simply stunning.
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Written by Diana Smyth. Discovering the outdoors and becoming an avid walker in the late '90s, Diana is a Hike Ontario Certified Hike Leader, a Certified Heritage Interpeter and Certified Volunteer Administrator. She calls the outdoors her office as the Interpretation Officer/Coordinator for Rouge National Urban Park in Scarborough/Markham/Pickering/Uxbridge. Happy to explore her nook of Scarborough year round, she flies the nest to England twice a year for walking holidays, yes there is such a thing!
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Photography by Caroline Wiley except where noted. Caroline is the Founder of SeeWhatSheCanDo. Her world has always revolved around sport. Caroline's passion is moving, doing and photographing the active moments all around her. When she’s not making plays on the ice or actively exploring the world with her family, she can be found researching her genealogical history and immersing herself in all things Cornish.
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