Lost Rivers has mapped the streams and waterways buried by urban development. Since 1995, over 18,000 people have participated in Lost River Walks, which are a part of the Ontario Legacy Trail Program, a designation that recognizes the walks as one of the 24 best walking programs or trail systems in the province.
One of the best walking programs in Ontario
Lost Rivers reconnects people with the social and environmental history of the city, and the way that human and natural systems interact in their own backyards. It provides information about simple steps that anyone can take to conserve water, informs people of important current developments, and invites thought and creative action regarding our increasingly urbanized environment and lifestyles.
The goal is to encourage creative approaches to solving the many environmental issues in our watersheds, from small steps like turning off the tap while brushing teeth to grander visions of “day-lighting” creeks that have been buried for a century and restoring the health of our entire watershed.
Lost Rivers leads approximately 45 walks per year with attendance reaching up to 150 at some walks. We also deliver custom walking tours and presentations for schools, companies and community groups. Walks are led by highly qualified, knowledgeable, long-standing Lost River program volunteers often in partnership with many other organizations and local groups.
We will show you the hidden treasures buried under our feet
We will take you into a fascinating journey through history and tease your imagination as you make the connection from tap to toilet.
To book a presentation or custom tour please contact us
Thirsty City Walks
If you can’t wait until the next scheduled walk, you can take yourself on a self-guided Thirsty City Walk.
In collaboration with Riversides, TGC’s Lost Rivers has developed a series of self-guided tours in Toronto focused on specific water issues. Choose the topic and area that you would like to explore and download the free guide:
- Water and Energy - Exploring the connection in Toronto’s landscape.
- Beyond the Water’s Edge - Looking upstream and downstream from the mouth of the Don River.
- Suburbs, Springs, Sewers & Sprawl - Drinking Water Sources and the Growth of Toronto.