A Lost Rivers Walk with The Bentway & Toronto Field Naturalists

October 6, 2022

On October 16, The Bentway, Toronto Field Naturalists, & Lost Rivers will lead a unique walk exploring the waterways that have shaped Toronto. Registration is free and will open on a first come, first served basis on October 8 at noon.

Throughout the month of October, The Bentway & Exhibition Place invite audiences to experience Confluence by artist duo Striped Canary, a new large-scale art exhibit within a hidden chamber under the Gardiner Expressway, inspired by the water systems that have shaped Toronto.

To accompany Confluence, The Bentway & Toronto Field Naturalists will be leading a walk facilitated by Helen Mills (Lost Rivers), an exploration of The Bentway and Garrison Common—people, water, land, ecosystems—past, present, and future.

Come and discover the former mouth of Garrison Creek, the former shoreline of Lake Ontario, the tiny creeks of the Garrison Common and their lost ecosystems. There will be stories about lost histories – warriors, squatters, gardeners, wolves at the gate of the fort,11,000 year old footprints in the lake, rain gardens and and the remarkable changes that are happening at The Bentway and in the neighbourhood! Following the walk, visitors will have the chance to experience Confluence.

LOCATION: Meet at 2:00pm at the Northwest corner of Bathurst St and Fort York Blvd. The walk will end at 4:00pm with a visit to Confluence at The Bentway’s Strachan Gate.

ACCESSIBILITY: The route is mostly paved with some slopes and grassy surfaces. There will be one set of stairs with an alternative accessible path up the slope.

WASHROOMS : Located in the Fort York Visitor Centre (about one third of the way through the walk) and at The Bentway’s Strachan Gate (at the end of the walk).

Additional Information: Dress for the weather (hat, layers, etc.), comfortable walking shoes recommended, bring water and a snack if desired.