Hike, swim and explore some of Georgian Bay's most stunning beaches at Awenda Provincial Park
170 km From toronto
2 hours 15 minutes
THIS ACTIVEDAYS TRIP IS ORGANIZED BY THE ACTIVEDAYS COMMUNITY. SEE ALL ACTIVEDAYS TRIPS AND JOIN US VIA OUR FACEBOOK GROUP!
We are heading up to Georgian Bay to swim and hike along some beautiful coastline. Awenda Provincial Park is just two hours from Toronto and yet it feels like a different time zone. With four unique natural beaches and over thirty one kilometers of trail, Awenda is the perfect place to get away.
We will starting the day exploring the park on foot with a 2-3 hour hike through some some beautiful forest. We will then descend to the water for an afternoon of swimming and exploring Awenda’s four beautiful beaches. Bring your bathing suit, hiking shoes, camera and adventurous attitude and come explore the shores and waters of Lake Huron.
This is a trip not to be missed. Come out and make new friends, visit new places and see how the outdoors is closer to the city than you think.
Parkbus does not provide lifeguards. You are responsible for your safety in the water. All swimming is done at your own risk.
- 8:00am: Pick-up at 30 Carlton Street
- 8:15am: Pick-up at 1126 Bloor Street
- 10:30am: Arrive and Start Hiking
- 12:30pm: Lunch break (Lunch is not included. Please pack a lunch and water for yourself)
- 2:00pm Arrive at beaches for free time on the beach
- 4:45pm: Depart Awenda Provincial Park
- 7:00pm: Return to Toronto
WHAT TO BRING
- Lunch (nut free please!)
- Good walking shoes
- Water (2 liters)
- Sunscreen and hat
- Whatever else you need to have fun on the trail and bus :)
WHAT TO EXPECT WITH ACTIVEDAYS
To us, facilitating this event is about creating an environment that you can engage with in your own way. This is your experience and everyone has their own relationship with the outdoors and their bodies. We want to meet you where you are at — you can hike, run and explore by yourself or in a group. We will have a variety of groups walking at different paces. We’re not geological experts — but we’ll share all we know about the forest and landscape. Come with us and walk in silence, play 20 questions and get to know some new people.
ActiveDays is also a community. This is an inclusive space to meet new people, share stories and have fun! To us, there is no better place to get to know someone than the outdoors. We all share a desire to get out, explore and move.
We will also be providing everyone a map and some information on some of the geology of the region.
HEALTHY PARKS HEALTHY PEOPLE
This ActiveDays outing is a part of the Healthy Parks Healthy People movement and Ontario Park’s 30x30 Challenge. In August, Ontario Parks is challenging all Ontarians to spend thirty minutes in nature, everyday for thirty days. Take on this challenge with us and explore our province’s beautiful parks!
Regular immersion in nature has been shown to have numerous health benefits. Contact with nature has been found to lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune system, help prevent disease, and reduce stress levels. In addition, a two hour walk in the woods is enough to improve sleep quality and help relieve sleep problems and going for a walk outdoors promotes creative thinking. To learn more, CLICK HERE to check out the HPHP webpage.
Come join us. Explore beautiful places, meet like minded people and take advantage of the health benefits that nature has to offer!
YOUR HIKE LEADER: WALKER KITCHENS
Walker Kitchens is ActiveDays Program Coordinator, and he loves learning outdoors. Childhood summers spent outside in Ontario and Newfoundland fostered a deep curiosity within him that continues to grow. This desire to explore led him abroad. After two years of working as a facilitator in Cambodia and India, Walker has returned home to Toronto keen to venture back into the Canadian environment. Knowledge sharing and community building energize him and he is excited to help build a community that is eager to share ideas, stories and skills in a collaborative way. When you see him, ask him to tell you a story and make sure to share with him a passion, skill or story of your own.
Pickup Locations In Toronto
30 Carlton Street
The pick up location is in front of Holiday Inn/Starbucks, on the north side of Carlton Street. TTC College Subway station is located less than 100m away.
1126 Bloor Street West
The pick up location is on the north side of Bloor to the East of Dufferin (1126 Bloor St West) - TTC subway station Dufferin.