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York Regional Forest Walks and Events

Spending time in nature can relieve stress and improve your memory performance and attention span. Join us on a free guided walk to experience the beauty of the York Regional Forest.

Registration Information

Registration opens one month before each event. Register online or call 1-877-464-9675. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. 

How to Prepare for Your Visit

Please wear appropriate clothing to suit the season. Dressing in layers is recommended. Events are held snow, rain or shine.

Wearing insect repellent, closed-toed footwear, light coloured long-sleeved shirts and long pants, tucked into your socks is recommended. Poison ivy is common in all forests.


Special Events

Owl Workshop

Saturday, November 25 | 7 p.m. to 9 p.m
Hollidge Tract, 16389 Hwy. 48, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

Enjoy an evening in the forest learning about owls who call Ontario their home. Learn about what owls eat, where they live, how they migrate and adapt to their environment. Discover what you can do to help protect local owls including proper viewing techniques. Take a one hour guided walk to listen for owls.

Adults ages 16 and up. $20 registration fee. Registration required.


Monthly Events

LEARN-TO-HIKE

Saturday, November 18 | 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Eldred King Tract, 16232 Hwy. 48, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

Hiking can be fun and enjoyable for the whole family all year round. Learn how to be safe and stay comfortable while walking in the forest. Registration required.

JINGLE BELL WALK

Saturday, December 9 | 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Hollidge Tract, 16389 Hwy. 48, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

Join merrymakers in a holiday walk in the forest. Learn about the holiday tradition of bells and Christmas trees. We provide the bells. Bring along a donation of non-perishable food for a local food bank. Registration required.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring my dog to a forest walk or event?

You can bring your dog to an event, however we ask that the dog is leashed at all times. The event leader may ask at any time for the dog to be removed from the event if he or she is misbehaving or is making other participants uncomfortable.

Will a forest walk or event be cancelled due to rain?

Take a Walk in the Forest Events run rain or shine. Events have been and can be cancelled in the case of adverse weather conditions, such as very strong winds, severe thunderstorms or icy trails.

Will I be contacted if a forest walk or event is cancelled?

Yes. The event leader will make his or her best efforts to contact everybody on the registration list (using the contact information provided upon registration) in the event of a cancellation.

Will a forest walk or event be rescheduled if it is cancelled?

Rescheduling events is considered on a case by case basis and is communicated to participants directly.

Are York Regional Forest Trails wheelchair accessible?

York Region maintains three trails accessible to wheelchairs and other assistive devices in the Hollidge Tract, North Tract and Hall Tract.


Forest Event Feedback Survey

If you have been to a recent York Regional Forest event, please submit feedback using the online form.




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