Street to Trail (S2T) strives to decrease barriers and increase accessibility to the wilderness for marginalized adults in Toronto. Through flexible programming, ranging from day hikes to multi-day camping excursions, S2T provides participants the opportunity to build self-confidence and community while simultaneously receiving the physical and mental health benefits of nature.
What We Do
We use a partnership model, providing customized hikes to agencies working with homeless and marginally housed adults in Toronto, including Sistering, WoodGreen Community Services, Native Men’s Residence (Na-Me-Res), Houselink Community Homes, West Neighbourhood House, and Homes First Society.
In 2018 we averaged 6 hikes per month, including two overnight excursions, with a total of 266 participants. In 2019, our goal is to double the number of hikers and offer more overnight canoe and camping trips. Our program leaders are experts in both social community development and outdoor safety and stewardship.
“You get out onto the trail and it gives people time to think, to clear their heads. It gives you a break from whatever may be keeping you down in the city.”
Why We Matter
We are Toronto’s only wilderness-based organization for marginalized adults. We believe that providing access to wilderness activities and skills helps individuals rediscover their inner sense of worth, increase their self-confidence, and better connect to others in the community. We know that regular access to nature improves lives with its inherent power to feed an individual’s mind, body and soul.
S2T started as a grassroots organization in 2001 with initial support coming from inner city drop-ins including those run by St. James Cathedral and Metropolitan United Church. In 2005 charitable status was granted by the Canada Revenue Agency. A four-acre island property north of Orillia was generously donated in 2007, allowing us to host affordable overnight camping excursions. In 2017, we revitalized our approach, offering our unique curated services directly to Toronto agencies that work with homeless and marginalized adults.
In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.John Muir