Hiking in the Time of Covid-19

Stay Home, Stay Well

Toronto is Closed

The reality of the Corona Virus hit home around the time it was announced that schools would be closed for two additional weeks following March Break.

Our Duty

Then came the daily updates from our Prime Minister, Premier, and Mayor. And their message was clear: we all must stay home to help flatten the curve. By staying home and isolating from others, we'll be able to avoid getting the virus and passing it on to others.

Isolation is Hard

It's hard to isolate. Humans are social beings, and it's unnatural to be alone. And some people think the situation is overblown and don't think they will cause harm. In any case, we now have many infected people, and the rules are getting stricter.

Dog Parks are Closed

As of now, all playgrounds, dog parks, and other city amenities are closed. If you are caught using these shared spaces, you could be fined. Some of the rules may not make sense, but if it helps save lives, it's worth it.

Walking in Nature is Good, Right?

I believe that walking in nature is a healthy activity. It's relaxing and keeps you away from the news. You can hear birds singing, see buds growing on trees, and flowers sprouting in gardens.

But, Toronto has many millions of people, and if everyone went to the parks, it would be too crowded to keep our distance and our risk of infecting each other increases.

Stay in your Neighbourhood

My suggestion is to use the trails and parks that you can walk to. Parking lots next to trails are said to be closed, so places like Sunnybrook Park, Rouge Park, and Woodbine Beach will be difficult to visit unless you live nearby.

Trails Near You

Visit my blogs to find a path that is near you. I've published entries for 20 different hikes so far and have a few more that I can post soon.

Physical Distancing

When you do go out, be sure to stay 2 meters (6 feet) away from other people. Passing people on sidewalks will bring you too close. You'll either need to move aside to let others pass, cross the street, or walk in the road near the curb.

Can Dogs Transmit Corona Virus?

Technically no, dogs cannot carry the virus and transmit it to humans. But, if an infected person pets your dog, they could potentially be leaving germs that can then be transferred to you and your family.

Can My Dog Play with Other Dogs?

Dogs need to socialize with other dogs and people to make then the best pets they can be. Dog parks are closed, so having a safe place for dogs to run off-leash is a concern. Also, one of the reasons the dog parks were closed is that people would gather too close to watch their dogs play.

I think the risk of getting the coronavirus after being transferred from an infected person to their dog to your dog to you is low, but it likely could happen.

So, use the guidance in my blogs to find an area where your dog can run off-leash.

Up To Date Info

Refer to the city's website for the most current information. It goes without saying that their word is official, and mine is an opinion.


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