The Details: What to Wear, Where to Meet, etc.

Mount Pleasant Cemetery, High Park & Lawrence Park

 
 
Meeting location for All Levels class

Meeting location for All Levels class

 
Gentle Beginners meeting place

Gentle Beginners meeting place

Mount Pleasant Cemetery pedestrian entrance, looking south

Mount Pleasant Cemetery pedestrian entrance, looking south

Mount Pleasant Cemetery

The current meeting place (fall 2017) for the ALL LEVELS class (for Gentle Beginners meeting place, see further down) is noted on the map to the left.

To find it, don't use your GPS...it will take you to the Mount Pleasant Ave. entrance!

TTC: Exit at Davisville station; walk south on the east side of Yonge St. Once you see the cemetery on your left, continue walking...the tall entrance gates are are at the far end. About a 10-15 minute walk. (You can also exit at St. Clair station and walk north.)

Driving: Enter the Yonge St. gates, turn left and follow the yellow lane divider/trail marker for about 45 seconds. Park, keeping your wheels off the grass. (We have permission to park inside; the gardeners are very particular about the grass!)

What to bring:

  1.  Wear what you’d wear for a brisk walk (e.g., summer/spring/fall: T-shirt, shorts/tights, windbreaker, etc...winter: tights/ pants, light vest/jacket, hat/headband, warm mitts/gloves, etc.) See photos on my website for ideas.
  2. The walking surface is smooth asphalt - no potholes, mud or tree roots! Running shoes are fine; light trail shoes provide even more support and decrease fatigue.
  3.  Leave purses or heavy backpacks at home (or in your car/my car if you TTC).

Mount Pleasant Cemetery

The current meeting place (fall 2017) for the Gentle Beginners Class is the northwest corner of the cemetery, near the Merton St. pedestrian entrance.

TTC: Exit at Davisville station; walk south to Merton, and look for the pedestrian entrance (see photo at left below)

Driving: Enter the Yonge St. gates, take an immediate left and drive north to the meeting spot (see marker on map). Park, keeping your wheels off the grass. (We have permission to park inside, but the gardeners are very particular about the grass!)

For What to Bring, see above.

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The Grenadier Restaurant, High Park

The Grenadier Restaurant, High Park

High Park

Address: 1873 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3 (High Park subway station is across the street from the entrance)

Where we meet: parking lot of the Grenadier Restaurant (grassy area at the north end). Gentle Beginners class: outside the restaurant doors (patio seating available)

To get to the Grenadier:

Driving: Enter by the Bloor St. entrance and follow one-way West Rd. (south), curving left past the restaurant. Turn left into the large Grenadier parking lot (about one minute of driving total).

Walking: Walk south from High Park station, cross Bloor, and travel straight down Colborne Lodge Rd. for 7-10 minutes. The Grenadier is past the swimming pool and on your right.

What to bring:

  1.  Wear what you’d wear for a brisk walk (e.g., summer/spring/fall: T-shirt, shorts/tights, windbreaker, etc...winter: tights/pants, light vest/jacket, hat/headband, warm mitts/gloves, etc.) See photos on my website for ideas.
     
  2. Trails can be wet or muddy at times. Running shoes are fine, but light hiking shoes/boots are recommended.
     
  3.  Leave purses and heavy backpacks at home (or in your car/my car if you TTC).
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Alexander Muir Gardens (looking west toward Yonge St.)

Alexander Muir Gardens (looking west toward Yonge St.)

Lawrence Park

Where we meet: We meet at Bedford Park Public School (lots of free street parking), just off of between Yonge and Mount Pleasant and south of Lawrence. From here we venture down the quietest and most beautiful streets of the neighbourhood and often down into the ravine.

What to bring:

  1.  Wear what you’d wear for a brisk walk (e.g., summer/spring/fall: T-shirt, shorts/tights, windbreaker, etc...winter: tights/pants, light vest/jacket, hat/headband, warm mitts/gloves, etc.) See photos on my website for ideas.
     
  2. Small portions of the park and ravine can be wet or muddy at times. Running shoes are fine, but light hiking shoes are even better.
     
  3.  Leave purses and heavy backpacks at home (or in your car/my car if you TTC).