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Afrikaans Nature Walk in High Park

Saturday, July 6, 10-11:30AM

NOTE: Pre-registration is required for all our events, hikes and workshops. We do this to ensure we don’t exceed our capacity for indoor events or the maximum limits for group sizes on High Park’s ecologically sensitive trails. Please register on our website before coming to High Park.

We cannot guarantee availability of walk-in spots. If an event is at capacity, please put yourself on our waitlist. We will notify waitlisted participants if we open up new spots or sessions for our events. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Afrikaans Language Nature Walk in High Park Details

‘n Gesprek met bome

Verlang jy na die geesdriftige Afrikaanse kultuur, die oulike gesegdes, en die diverse natuurlewe van Suid-Afrika? Sluit aan by my, ‘n Afrikaans-Kanadese buitelugprogram-instrukteur en biologie-onderwyseres, op ‘n 90-minuut-reis deur High Park. Saam sal ons die Swart Eikehout Savanne en digte Dennewoude van Ontario vergelyk met die Afrika Savanne van die hoëveld en bosveld, en die Geelhoutwoude van die Tuinroete.  Saam sal ons die ryk geskiedenis en stories agter inheemse bome ondersoek, en reflekteer oor hoe hul susters in Suiderlike Afrika soortgelyke verhale vertel. Maar hierdie staproete gaan nie net oor feite en volksverhale nie; dit gaan oor die ervaring van die natuur in ‘n nuwe lig. Ons sal stil word om bome vanuit vars perspektiewe waar te neem, ‘n dieper verbintenis met ons omgewing te bou, en miskien selfs ‘n ding of twee van hulle te leer.  Ter afsluiting deel ons Ouma beskuit en ‘n koppie boeretroos met ‘n kinkel in die kabel om die versmelting van ons Afrikaanse erfenis met die Kanadese kultuur te simboliseer. Dit is meer as net ‘n uitstappie; dit is ‘n geleentheid om onsself te verloor in kultuur, natuur, en die warmte van gemeenskap.

A Conversation With Trees

Do you long for the vibrant Afrikaans culture, its charming sayings, and the diverse wildlife of South Africa? Join me, an Afrikaans-Canadian outdoor program instructor and biology teacher, on a 90-minute journey through High Park. Together we will compare the Black Oak Savannah and lush Pine Forests of Ontario, with the African Savannah of the highveld and bushveld, and the Yellowwood Forests of the Garden Route. We will delve into the rich history and stories behind native trees, reflecting on how their sisters in Southern Africa tell similar tales.

However, this walk isn’t just about facts and folklore; it’s about experiencing nature in a new light. We’ll pause to observe trees from fresh perspectives, making deeper connections with our surroundings and perhaps even learning a thing or two from them. To conclude our hike we’ll gather to share some Ouma rusks and a cup of ‘boeretroos’ (a warm beverage reminiscent of home) with a Canadian twist to symbolise the integration of our Afrikaans heritage into the Canadian culture. This is more than a walk, it is an opportunity to immerse ourselves in culture, nature and the warmth of community.

Price: FREE

Saturday, July 6, 10-11:30AM

This event will begin at the High Park Nature Centre’s Forest School building located at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive.

A number of changes were made to the travel network within High Park as part of the High Park Movement Strategy that might influence your decision to drive to High Park. In case you’re driving we strongly recommend you to park your car at the public parking lot near Grenadier Cafe.

We continue to recommend using the TTC or biking as the best way to get to High Park and the Nature Centre. The Nature Centre is situated just a 5-minute walk from the High Park Subway Station. In case you were biking, there are bike racks available in front of the Nature Centre.

Please note, High Park is closed to cars on the weekends. If your event is on a weekend, you will need to park outside the park and walk in, or take transit.

Visit our How To Get Here page to learn more about planning your trips to High Park.


Hike routes through High Park might include some uneven terrain and mild slopes.

We welcome registered therapy or guide dogs to our events. However, we kindly ask that that family pets be left at home.

This event is funded by The Chawkers Foundation. We are grateful for their generous support of all our multilingual nature hikes in High Park as part of our Branching Out program.

Registration Policies

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Thank You To Our Supporters

This event is funded by The Chawkers Foundation. We are grateful for their generous support of all our multilingual nature hikes in High Park as part of our Branching Out program.