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Backpack practice (Old Mill to Lambton Arena and back, 7km) (9/18/2021)

PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

You are STRONGLY encouraged to read this page in its entirety before signing up. If you'd like to attend, we ask that you abide by our rules and procedures as a time/cost saving process (with an end result of keeping membership free and lower cost events).

The Basics:
STATUS: Cancelled - Hide from Calendar
Event Type:Urban Hike
Event Location: Old Mill Subway Station (street level entrance on Old Mill Trail)
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Sep 18 2021  11:00 AM
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Sep 17 2021 5:00:00 PM
Event Duration:about 3 hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Event Coordinator(s): Dima L
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Member Cost:Voluntary Donation Only (See Below)

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 18 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:1
Minimum Group Size:3
Number Registered So Far: 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No



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Directive From The TOC Executive

Interim COVID-19 Rules for the Toronto Outdoor Club

  • You must meet the following four conditions to participate in any TOC events.
    Within the 14 days preceding the event:
    1. You have not travelled outside of Ontario;
    2. You don’t have any COVID-19, cold, or flu symptoms;
    3. You have not knowingly been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case;
    4. You have taken and passed the Ontario COVID-19 self-assessment on-line questionnaire.
  • You will bring a cloth mask/face covering, which you will wear during the event meet-up, plus any time during the event when the 2m social distancing is not possible.
  • You will comply with any other rules as detailed on the TOC Rules Amendments
  • You will comply with any additional rules set by the organizer of the event for which you have registered, which could be more strict than the ones detailed above.


  • These rules are in effect immediately and until further notice.
    Your event coordinator has been instructed to remove your event registration without further notice if you do not take this step during your registration.
  • Your coordinator may also remove you from the event (even after it has started) if you fail to comply with the rules, and report you back to the TOC Executive.
  • If you cannot or do not wish to follow these temporary rules, please wait to sign up for any TOC events until the interim rules are lifted.

Thank you for your understanding and your cooperation as we keep each other safe during the pandemic.

Please note that I have set the Maximum Group Size to 1 so all registrants automatically go to the waiting list.
Members on the waiting list who have confirmed in the NOTES section that they meet all the Conditions and will comply
with all the new Rules specified in the above Directive may then be added to the event, up to a maximum of 8 participants.

If you have not backpacked because of the restrictions, and are afraid of losing your backpacking skills, this event is for you!

While we can't drive out of the city or stay overnight, we can still practice most activities encountered while backpacking.

Grab any combination of: big boots, a big backpack, a sleeping bag, a tent, a stove, cookware, water, lunch ingredients, and show up at the meeting spot. You may show up dressed for a regular hike, but don't be surprised if the pace turns out to be painfully slow for you! Tip: if your backpack feels too light, add more water bottles!

We will hike about 3km north on Old Mill Trail and stop in the spacious valley near Lambton Arena. There, in a socially distanced manner, we can practice activities like:

  • setting up the tent (without help of others),
  • getting into your sleeping bag,
  • setting up a clothes line,
  • cooking your own lunch (there is no water source, you must bring all necessary water),
  • making tea, cocoa, or coffee (no food-,beverage-,or snack-sharing is allowed!).

After about an hour-long break we will head back on the other bank of Humber river.

Required Items to Bring:
  • Mask / face cover
  • OHIP / health card
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Good footwear
  • Weather appropriate clothing
  • Water 1 or 2 L
Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.
  • Backpacking gear
  • Thermarest or pad to sit on during the break
  • First aid kit
  • Snacks and/or lunch

How to Get There:
Event Directions:

Old Mill Subway Station is located on the Bloor/Danforth Subway Line 2

If arriving by car, park in King Mills Park and take a staircase up to Bloor Street.

See below for map and picture of starting location.




This hike may be cancelled in case of heavy rain or thunderstorms

- We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines at all times while participating in TOC events.
- Details of this event are subject to undergo a change at any point in time, with or without warning.
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Voluntary Donation:What is this?)
Suggested donation amount for this event is: $2.00/Person.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:
Please review our Cancellation Policy carefully!