August Event Highlights

Summer is in full bloom and there are many opportunities to get outdoors with family and friends. Here are TRCA August highlights!

Albion Hills, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Boyd, Bruce’s Mill, Heart Lake, Kortright, Glen Haffy, and Petticoat Creek conservation areas, and Bathurst Glen Golf Course, are all open and in full-swing for the season.

If camping is something you like to do with your family, check out our campgrounds at Albion Hills, Glen Rouge and Indian Line.  To make a camping reservation, please visit https://camping.trca.on.ca/

Albion Hills, Glen Haffy and Heart Lake offer great opportunities for the fishing enthusiasts and Albion Hills has an extensive mounting biking trail network.

The swimming pool is open daily at Petticoat Creek and the pool and splash pad at Albion Hills and Heart Lake are also open daily.

There are many perfect picnic locations in our parks for families and groups this summer. If you’re interested in making a group booking for a family get-together, please visit http://www.picnics.ca.

Summer Camps for the Kids at Claremont and Black Creek Pioneer Village!

A series of Summer Nature Day Camps will take place at Claremont Field Centre from 9 am to 4 pm with optional extended care (7:30 to 9 am and 4 to 5 pm).  Here are the dates and programs for August. For further information and to register, visit:  https://trca.ca/learning/facilities/claremont-field-centre/nature-camps-claremont/

  • Tuesday, August 8 to Friday, August 11 – Adventure Camp
  • Monday, August 14 to Friday, August 18 – Outdoor Explorer Camp
  • Monday, August 21 to Friday, August 25 – Maker Camp
  • Monday, August 28 to Friday, September 1 – Bugology

With Canada celebrating its 150th birthday, why not give your kids a taste of history this summer? Day camps at Black Creek Pioneer Village offer youngsters the opportunity to step into the past and experience everyday life in a rural Canadian village at the time of Confederation. With a host of hands-on activities, from gardening and baking to woodworking and weaving, Black Creek’s immersive summer programs engage and educate kids in unique ways. Register at https://blackcreek.ca/things-to-do/day-camps/.

Other Upcoming Events and Activities to Enjoy:

  • Campfire, Thursdays, August  3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at Albion Hills Conservation Area
  • Bats in your Backyard, Thursday, August 10 at the Etobicoke Olympium
  • Befriending Bees and Butterflies, Friday, August 11 at Burnhamthorpe Library
  • Bats in your Backyard, Saturday, August 12 at Albion Hills Conservation Area
  • Befriending Bees and Butterflies, Tuesday, August 15 at Frank McKechnie Library
  • Getting Started with Rainscaping, Tuesday, August 15 at BCPV
  • Night Hike, Tuesday, August 15 at Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve
  • Birds of the Forest, Wednesday, August 16 at Cold Creek Conservation Area
  • Hike the Humber Watershed Walking Series: Explore Oak Ridges Corridor Conservation Reserve, Thursday, August 17 at Bathurst Glen Golf Course
  • Gardening for Birds, Butterflies and Beyond, Thursday, August 17 at Burnhamthorpe Sheridan Nurseries
  • Family Camp Day, Saturday, August 19 at Claremont Field Centre
  • Butterfly Festival, Saturday, August 19 at Tommy Thompson Park
  • Gardening for Birds, Butterflies and Beyond, Saturday, August 19 at Tommy Thompson Park
  • Buzz on Bees – Adult Workshop Series, Saturday, August 26 at Kortright
  • The Great Trail Celebration Event, Saturday, August 26 at the East Duffins Headwaters Properties Aggregate Pit Trailhead and Parking Lot
  • Learn to Fish, Wednesday, August 30 at Tommy Thompson Park.

Please note that some of the above events require reservations and/or registration. These details, along with further information on locations, times, costs, etc. can be found on our website events calendar at https://trca.ca/events-calendar/.

Sustainable Learning Opportunities Offered by The Living City Campus at Kortright

  • Solar and Wind Energy Electric System Introduction, Saturday, August 19
  • Off Grid and Emergency Back Up Systems, Sunday, August 20
  • Using Bioretention Soils to Remove Pollutants from Stormwater Runoff, Tuesday, August 23.

In addition, several online training and e-learning courses are available anytime. Visit https://www.thelivingcitycampus.com check out the options.

Upcoming Fundraisers Need Your Support!

  • Light up the Night at Black Creek Pioneer Village will be held on Wednesday, August 30 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Enjoy craft beer and local wine in an “after hours” experience in the Village. Create your own gourmet treats at the Tostada, Crepe and Mashed Potato Bars, made with local ingredients. The evening also includes local musical talent, 1800s virgin cocktails, a silent auction and much more! Tickets are $40 and include 2 drink samples and gourmet foods. Proceeds go towards restoration of historic buildings at BCPV to provide cultural experiences for future generations. For further information or to register, visit https://blackcreek.ca/event/light-up-the-night/.
  • Dinner at the Farm, A Night of Culinary Enchantment will be held at Black Creek Community Farm on Thursday, September 14 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in collaboration with some of the best chefs in the GTA. Support this unique urban farm, celebrate urban agriculture in Toronto, and savour delicious food made from some of the best vegetables grown in the city. The night will be filled with acoustic guitar under the trees, dinner in the outdoor pavilion and dessert in the food forest. Tickets are $75 (early bird – limited number of tickets) or $100 (standard). For further information or to register, visit: http://www.blackcreekfarm.ca/?event=dinner-farm-night-culinary-enchantment-support-bccf&event_date=2017-09-14.

Reminders:

  • Rouge Park Guided Walks (at various locations throughout the Park) are held every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. and every weekend at 9:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. For further information, details on the walks, meeting points and dressing for the outdoors, visit http://www.rougepark.com/hike

Looking Ahead:

  • Pioneer Harvest Festival at Black Creek Pioneer Village will be held on Saturday, September 16, along with the Artisan Village Festival on Sunday, September 17. See the calendar for details, at https://blackcreek.ca/calendar/
  • The Honey Harvest Festival at Kortright will be held on Saturday, September 16 and Sunday, September 17. Find this, and other Kortright events, at http://www.kortright.org/whats-on/

The Heart Lake Dragon Boat Festival, a not-for-profit fundraising event, hosted by TRCA will be held on Saturday, September 23 from 9 am to 4 pm, at our beautiful Heart Lake Conservation Area. This is no sedate country picnic – it’s a loud, boisterous celebration! Teams of twenty people working in sync with each other, paddling toward a common goal – the ultimate team building experience.  No experience is required.  Whether teams are first or last, the result is always the same: fun on the water.  Not solely about strength but technique, the exhilarating rush of paddling to the beat of the drum is like no other.  Further details are available at http://www.hldragonboat.ca or by contacting Joanna Parsons at jparsons@trca.on.ca. Registration is required.