Winter Walks 2023


“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” —John Steinbeck

“He who marvels at the beauty of the world in summer will find equal cause for wonder and admiration in winter.” —John Burroughs

“To appreciate the beauty of a snowflake it is necessary to stand out in the cold.” —Aristotle

The winter months can seem long in Toronto and getting outside is always a good idea. The biggest obstacle is the worry of being cold. There is a famous Norwegian proverb:

“There’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes”

Careful attention to what you wear will ensure a pleasant outdoor winter experience.

The TDSB is offering weekly walks from January 14 through to March 24.

Registration begins on Wednesday, November 23 at 8:30 am at / discover the outdoors

There is the chance of seeing interesting creatures:

Here is a typical winter bird list from Humber Bay:

Species list:  red-necked grebe, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, gadwall, American wigeon, bufflehead, common goldeneye, white-winged scoter, long-tailed duck, hooded merganser, red-breasted merganser, common merganser, ring-billed gull, belted kingfisher, black-capped chickadee, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco, American tree sparrow.  (21 species)

If you are interested in learning to identify trees and shrubs, experts say that winter is the best time to do it.

Sycamore Maple (Acer pseudoplatanus)
Bur Oak (Quercus macrocarpa)
Staghorn Sumac (Rhus typhina)
Wayfaring Tree (Viburnum lantana)
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)

Some groups from previous winters:


In the bleak midwinter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak midwinter, long ago. – Christina Rossetti

Miles Hearn

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