Local Hikes and Hidden Gems for Family Fun
Love Local – Feb Article for Etobicoke Lakeshore Press

Winter lockdown doesn’t have to mean endless screen time and being stuck indoors. There are plenty of ways to get outside and explore the amazing secret hot spots of nature, art and culture that South Etobicoke has to offer.
Here are my top 3 local hikes to explore with my own family and our students at Oak Learners!

  • Etobicoke Point, at the tip of the spit at Humber Bay Shores West, this is one of my favourite spots to see the downtown skyline. The bike trail heading out the point is where my daughter learned to ride her bike many years ago because it offered a flat, predictable trail with lots of opportunities to stop and rest. On cold winter nights, my daughter and I still drive out to the point to check out the nighttime views of the city.
  • All year-round, Colonel Sam Smith Park, located on the shores just south of Humber College, the park, trails and waterfront offer beautiful vistas, opportunities for wildlife discovery and so much more! Visit in the spring to see nature emerging from hibernation and visit in the fall to spot migratory birds, butterflies and to see brilliant examples of fall colours. Much of the pathways are protected from the wind during the winter so it is a pleasant family walk any time of year.
  • The hidden trails along Mimico Creek are also some of my favourite spots to take groups of students. Jeff Healy Park and Berry Road Park are beautiful hidden gems that provide access to hiking paths and trails along the creek. Jeff Healy Park is one of our favourites because of the playground and the giant musical instruments that make the hills come alive with sound.

All of these spots, and more, are on the list of adventures we have lined up for Summer Camp at Oak Learners this year. Be sure to check out www.oaklearners.ca/summer to learn more about our unique approach to camps and summer fun!

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Kelly Farrell

Kelly Farrell is the Founder and Director of Oak Learners. She is dedicated to supporting learners of all ages and abilities reach their goals and love the learning journey. Kelly’s philosophy of education is based in the understanding that every child has the capacity to excel and succeed when they are given the tools and taught the skills to help them on their journey.
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