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York Regional Forest Walks and Events

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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.

SHARE YOUR PHOTOS AND WIN!

Capture your best photos taken in the York Regional Forest for a chance to win prizes and have your photo featured in the Forests of York Region 2018 Calendar. New contest will open soon. For more information visit york.ca/forestphoto


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.


Monthly Events

GET UP WITH THE BIRDS!

Saturday, April 29 | 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Happy Valley Forest Tract, 15430 7th Concession, Township of King

Join bird experts and staff from the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Learn tips on how to identify birds by sound and sight. Bring your binoculars and field guides. Registration required. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

SPRING FOREST FESTIVAL – Discovery in the Forest

Saturday, May 13 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hollidge Tract, 16389 Hwy. 48, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

Tour our new state of the art eco-building, the Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre and discover the features of its sustainable design. 

Explore the forest, walk or roll on the accessible trail and much more. Take home a tree seedling to plant. 

Join us rain or shine to meet Forestry staff and be inspired. Open to all. Registration required for guided walk.

BUGS OF THE NIGHT

Friday June 9 | 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. or Saturday, June 10 | 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Bendor and Graves Tract, 17689 Kennedy Road, Town of East Gwillimbury

Encounter the butterflies of the night - moths. Discover their beauty and learn about their habitat. Bring your flashlights and insect collection containers. Registration required.

FOREST INVADERS WALK

Saturday, July 8 | 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Porritt Tract, 15470 Kennedy Road, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

Discover beautiful native plants you can grow in your yard. Learn how to identify native and invasive plants.Registration required.

FOREST BUGS AND BUTTERFLIES

Saturday, August 19 | 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (for ages six and up) or 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (for ages 16 and up)
Bendor and Graves Tract, 17858 McCowan Road, Town of East Gwillimbury

Join bug experts in the hunt for bugs, bees and butterflies. Learn about the important role insects play in our community and how you can help them thrive. Registration required.

NATIONAL FOREST WEEK FESTIVAL

Saturday, September 23 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Hollidge Tract, 16389 Hwy. 48, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

Kick off National Forest Week by spending time in the forest. Explore the Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre to discover the features of its sustainable design. Enjoy a guided walk and much more. Take a tree seedling home to plant in your yard. Open to all. Registration required for guided walk.

HALLOWEEN HAUNT IN THE FOREST

Saturday, October 28 | 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

Dress up in your best Halloween costume and look for trees and their fungi friends. Learn how mushrooms play an important role in the forest. Registration required.

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 Take a Walk in the Forest 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 Take a Walk in the Forest 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 an 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 an 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 a trail accessible to wheelchair and other assistive devices in the Hollidge 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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