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York Regional Forest Walks and Events

Forest walks

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

How did your input influence the 20-year management plan for your forest?

Join us at an information session to learn about the draft York Regional Forest Management Plan, see how your input has helped shape some of the proposed changes, ask questions and give your feedback.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Ballantrae Community Centre, Ballantrae Room (Room 1)

5592 Aurora Rd, Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville

Thursday, May 24, 2018 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Link

20849 Dalton Rd, Town of Georgina

Doors Open Whitchurch Stouffville

Saturday, June 2, 2018 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville will be contributing to the celebration of the province-wide theme of "Toward a fair and equitable society" by showcasing 12 outstanding sites in their community. Admission is FREE for visitors at all participating sites. 

Bonus! Doors Open Whitchurch-Stouffville is also offering three walking tours. Be sure to check their website by the end of May, you can download a brochure or you can pick one up on June 2 at any of the participating sites.

Guided and self-guided tours of the Bill Fisch Forest Stewardship and Education Centre are available. Nature-themed arts and crafts will be offered for families and youth, including building a small bird feeder to take home

Guided forest walks at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m

Building tours at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Free Disneynature Documentary — Wings of Life

Tuesday, June 19 | 7 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

Lebovic Centre for Arts & Entertainment – Nineteen on the Park
19 Civic Avenue, Town of Whitchurch-Stou­ffville

Bring your family out to watch the mesmerizing Wings of Life documentary that takes an unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees and bats. Narrated by Meryl Streep, this stunning adventure full of drama and beauty celebrates the life of these incredible and increasingly threatened creatures.

Popcorn, snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Recommended for ages six and up.

Monthly Events

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.

Try a 40 minute introductory forest bathing experience at 10 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:15 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. Forest bathing is the practice of exploring the forest through your senses while gaining the many health benefits it provides.

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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