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York Regional Forest Walks and Events

Winter in the forest

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

Free Workshop: Trees & Shrubs of the Moraine

Wednesday, March 14 | 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join us for an evening of exploration and discovery. Even before the leaves come out, there are tricks to identifying the various trees and shrubs in our local forests. These giants of the forests have unique stories to tell. This workshop is perfect for beginners or intermediate naturalists looking to identify species and learn a few interesting facts.

Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre, Hollidge Tract, 16389 Hwy 48, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville.

For more information or to register, please call 905-853-3171 ext 33 or visit the Oak Ridges Moraine website.


Monthly Events

Learn-to-Hike

Saturday, March 10 | 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

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. For ages 16 and up.


Get up with the Birds

Saturday, April 28 | 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.

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 – Celebrate Spring!

Saturday May 12  |  10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate Spring by planting trees! Explore the forest on a guided walk or explore our accessible trail by yourself. Eat an edible aquifer made by the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust, take a wagon ride through the forest and take home a tree seedling.

Explore the Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre to discover how it captures rainwater, creates its own electricity and was constructed from locally-sourced and repurposed materials.

The Oak Ridges Trail Association is offering a moderately paced guided walk from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Open to all. Registration required for guided walks

A Ponds Edge

Saturday June 23 | 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Learn about bugs, fish and animals who live at the water’s edge. Bring your collection containers and magnifying glasses.  Registration required. Limited space.


Bugs of the Night

Friday, July 13 | 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. or

Saturday, July 14 | 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Explore the woods at night - Discover the bugs and moths that live there and learn about their habitat. Bring your flashlights and insect collection containers.  Registration required. Limited space.


Forest Invaders Walk

Saturday, August 18 | 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Discover beautiful native plants you can grow in your yard with expert help from a LEAF professional. Learn how to identify native and invasive plants, and trees and shrubs to grow in your yard.  Registration required.


National Forest Week Festival

Saturday, September 22 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Kick off National Forest Week by spending time in the forest. Enjoy a guided walk, face painting, an edible aquifer made by the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust, a wagon ride and much more. Take a tree seedling home to plant in your yard. 

Explore the Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre to discover how it captures rainwater, creates its own electricity and was constructed from locally-sourced and repurposed materials.

The Oak Ridges Trail Association is offering a moderately paced guided walk from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Open to all. Registration required for guided walks


Halloween Haunt in the Forest

Saturday, October 27 | 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Dress up in your best Halloween costume and explore the forest while learning about the spooky stories and fairy tales the woods have inspired.   Registration required.


Indigenous Learnings in the Forest

Saturday, November 17 | 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Aboriginal cultures have a long-standing connection with the forest. Through storytelling and forest discovery, learn about history and modern-day forest connections with Aboriginal cultures. Registration required


Jingle Bell Walk

Saturday, December 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Join merrymakers from the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust and York Region on a holiday walk in the forest. Learn about the holiday traditions 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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