The Regional Municipality Of York

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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.

Registration Information

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

Events are designed for people who have never been to the York Regional Forest. If you have attended a monthly walk before, please spread the word about these exciting events and join us at a festival or special event.

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.


*Cancelled* Bugs of the Night

Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

At night, the forest comes to life with bugs and moths! Bring your flashlight and discover this hidden world of bugs. Prepare to be amazed by the diversity of important insects that roam the forest at night. Registration required.

*Cancelled* Spot the Invader

Saturday, August 15 | 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (ages 10 and up)

Join us in the forest to learn which invasive species can turn your garden into a messy nightmare and which native plants will bring beautiful butterflies and bees to your yard. Learn how to get rid of the bad plants and embrace the good ones so your backyard can be a work of art!  Meet an expert from Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF).  Registration required.

National Forest Week Festival

Saturday, September 19 | 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate National Forest Week by spending time in the forest! Nature walks, puppet shows, wagon rides, face painting and more will make it a fun day for the whole family! Learn the science of the moraine while eating ice cream sundaes made by the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust.  Open to all. Registration required for guided walks led by the Oak Ridges Trail Association.

Fall Colours and Slippery Critters

Saturday, October 17 | 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (ages six and up)

Enjoy breathtaking views of fall colours as you walk to a nearby stream. Learn how Ontario Streams samples fish populations and see the many different critters that live in a forest stream.  Registration required.

Indigenous Storytelling in the Forest

Saturday, November 14 | 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. (ages six and up)

Storytelling is a magical way of passing down knowledge! Discover the forest through storytelling from an Indigenous perspective. Experience a deeper connection with the nature around you. Build a dreamcatcher to take home. Registration required.

Holiday in the Forest

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

Enjoy an unforgettable holiday experience in the beautiful York Regional Forest - there is something for everyone! Join us as we learn about holiday traditions of bells and real Christmas trees. Drink hot chocolate while you make a nature-themed holiday decoration to take home. Bring a non-perishable food donation 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.

2020 feedback survey contest rules

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Past editions

05/19/2020 – Celebrating Spring Online

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