Most recent edition of the TRCA newsletter (Shorelines) is now available

Shorelines: The most recent newsletter from Toronto and Region Conservation Authority is now available.

You can access the newsletter, which includes links to additional information, by clicking on the link in the previous sentence.

Below are highlights (see the newsletter for full details):

Lake Ontario Evenings – Tommy Thompson Park Edition (Nov.13, 2012)

The next edition of the successful speaker series, Lake Ontario Evenings, will be held at the Gladstone Hotel Ballroom, Tuesday, November 13, 2012 from 6:00pm – 9:00pm. This is a free, informal event featuring the most up to date information on activities related to fish and wildlife habitat, and water quality in and around Toronto.

Now Open: Mimico Waterfront Park – Phase 2

Mimico Waterfront Park is now open to the public. Come and enjoy the completed second phase of the park this fall.

Port Union Waterfront Park, Phase 2 Opening in November 2012

Port Union Waterfront Park Phase 2 will also soon be open to the public. Visitors can now extend their walk along the waterfront from Highland Creek to the mouth of the Rouge River.

Winter Birding on the Toronto Region Waterfront

Some of the best opportunities to see birds, particularly waterfowl, are on the waterfront in winter. November through April is the time that waterfowl plumage and breeding behaviour is at its height.

[The newsletter provides extensive information, including links, on where to watch which birds.]

Citizens Concerned for the Future of the Etobicoke Waterfront (CCFEW) hosts bird walks along the waterfront in the west end of Toronto regularly. These guided walks are free, and everyone is welcome. Check their website for more information.

Skating at Col. Samuel Smith Park Skating Oval

[Also known as the Col. Samuel Smith Ice Trail.]

In the winter of 2010, an innovative skating oval opened to the public at Col. Samuel Smith Park (a waterfront park located at the foot Kipling). Visitors skate through natural terrain, steps away from the shoreline. There is plenty of “Green P” parking and the oval is staffed from 7am to 10pm starting in mid December.

Marie Curtis Park Forest Restoration and Trail Improvements

As part of ongoing efforts to improve trail conditions in the area and to restore and protect the health of forest at Marie Curtis Park, trail construction is scheduled for this site in Fall/Winter 2012. Construction is scheduled to begin this Fall with anticipated completion in December 2012. Following construction, forest restoration work will begin in spring 2013.

Access to the trails in this area will be closed during construction to allow for safe working conditions. Please use caution and adhere to updated trail closure signage.

For more information on this project or to learn about volunteer opportunities with the City of Toronto, please call 311 or email To find out more about Toronto and Region Conservation volunteer positions, visit the Environment Volunteer Network webpage.

Update: Frenchman’s Bay Harbour Entrance

Construction on Frenchman’s Bay Harbour Entrance will begin this winter. An Open House will be held regarding this project at the City of Pickering Council Chambers on November 22nd, 2012 from 6pm to 8pm.

For more information on the Frencman’s Bay Harbour Entrance Project and Open House, visit the event listing.


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