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June 10, 2002
Walk celebrates launch of Nature on the Toronto Islands: An Explorer's Guide
Parks and Recreation Division - Nature enthusiasts gathered at
Hanlan's Point today with local author and naturalist Joanna Kidd to tour the
wild side of the Toronto Islands. The walk was held to celebrate the launch of
a new Toronto Parks and Recreation booklet authored by Kidd, Nature on the
Toronto Islands: An Explorer's Guide. The booklet is intended to help people
discover the outstanding natural beauty of the Toronto Islands and to navigate
one of Toronto's most treasured green spaces; 230 hectares of the 325 hectares
the Islands occupy are maintained as public parkland by Toronto Parks and

The guidebook focuses on the unique natural features of the islands, home to
over 200 species of birds, 35 different kinds of fish, and a wide array of
mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects. The booklet also highlights the
islands' history, unusual landforms, vegetation and wildlife, and various
points of interest.

"I hope the Explorer's Guide will encourage people to discover the many
beautiful and special natural areas on the Toronto Islands," said Kidd,
well-known environmentalist and long-time Toronto Island resident. "Not only
are the islands environmentally significant, but they are a place of
extraordinary beauty, uniqueness and character."

"An Explorer's Guide is a wonderful resource for anyone looking to learn more
about the Toronto Islands, and a must-have for nature lovers looking for an
informative guide to exploring the islands' many natural features," said Leslie
Coates, Horticulture Co-ordinator for Toronto Parks and Recreation.

Nature on the Toronto Islands: An Explorer's Guide is available for $4.00 at
the Island Outfitters kiosk at Centre Island near the ferry docks, or by
calling Access Toronto at 416-338-0338.

For more information about the Toronto Islands and ferry schedules, visit the
City's Web site at or call 416-392-8193.

Media Contact
Media contact:
Leslie Coates, Horticulture Co-ordinator,



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