The safety and well-being of everyone in our Baycrest community is our first priority. This includes you, our event participants.
We continue to implement all public health restrictions advised by health authorities.
The event will be set up to ensure physical distance among participants is implemented, due to current COVID-19 safety precautions.
As new information is provided, we may need to modify aspects of our event for the safety of all our participants, volunteers and supporters. We will keep you informed of any changes related to the event.
Thank you again for your understanding and support as we do our part to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Should government restrictions be in place that limit the amount of people who can gather and interact, the Baycrest Foundation will evaluate all other options and, if necessary, may postpone the event to a later date to ensure the safety of all participants.
No matter your age, A Walk for the Ages is where families, friends and companies come together to raise money to support Baycrest and work towards creating a world where every older adult enjoys a life of purpose, inspiration and fulfilment.
This event brings generations together, challenging themselves to fundraise and walk either 2.5km or 5km at the site of the most exhilarating collection of rides and coasters in the nation, Canada’s Wonderland.
Yes. We want to know you’re walking and need every walker to sign a standard waiver through the official registration form.
A non-refundable registration fee of $50 is required to secure your space.
This registration fee will not count towards your fundraising minimum. If you are unable to attend, any fees paid will become a donation to Baycrest and you will receive a tax receipt for a portion of the registration fee.
Take the first step right now: Register online securely. Once your transaction is complete, you will receive a confirmation email. Or call us (1-416-785-2500 x 6378) and we can register you over the phone.
Yes, you can. But registering in advance gives you more time to reach your minimum fundraising goal!
Participants are required to meet their fundraising minimum ($150 for adults, no minimum for children aged 17 and under) in order to participate in the event. Participants who have not reached their fundraising minimum before the event day, Sunday, September 18, 2022, will be asked to make a self-donation.
YES! All ages are welcome at this event! However, all children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult and be registered as a participant.
Yes! Canada’s Wonderland is a fully accessible theme park that is wheelchair and stroller friendly.
If you have hit certain fundraising milestones, you will be eligible for certain prizes. These items will be available for pick up at the event in our Prizing Area. You can ask an Event Crew member to show you where this is when you arrive at the event.
If you won a prize during a contest, you will be contacted via email and will have 48 hours to respond. Once you have accepted the prize, your name will be listed on our website.
In the event of extreme weather, we may need to cancel for everyone’s safety. However, if there is light rain, we will walk!
Rides at Canada’s Wonderland will close due to extreme temperatures and adverse weather conditions - particularly heavy rain, high winds and/or lightning. This is to ensure that the safety of all our guests is not compromised in unpredictable weather. A dashboard located inside Front Gate Guest Services can provide information on which rides are in operation. A specific answer as to when closed rides will return to operation is not possible because varying degrees of inclement weather cause different effects on different rides. Please be assured that Canada’s Wonderland makes every effort to reopen the rides as quickly and safely as possible after the adverse weather conditions cease. No refunds or rain checks will be issued due to adverse weather conditions.
Please wear comfortable clothing and running shoes as you will be walking outdoors. Please dress for the weather. You may want to dress in layers as the weather can be cooler in the mornings. We will provide a complimentary bag check where you can securely store your belongings while the event is happening. In addition, participants may use the lockers on site.
Your supporters can donate using cash, cheques or credit cards. Simply download the FUNDRAISING FORM and use it to record your sponsors’ information. Once you’re finished fundraising, you can submit the offline donations/pledges by mail or in-person to:
Attn: A Walk for the Ages
3560 Bathurst Street,
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M6A 2E1
Registration fees are not tax receiptable. However, donations made to the Walk are, providing:
- The donation is $20 or greater.
- The tax receipt is being issued to the person who made the donation.
- The tax receipt information and donations are received within 60 days after the event with all donor contact information.
- All other Canada Revenue Agency conditions are met.
Absolutely. A Walk for the Ages in support of Baycrest will make a profound impact on the Baycrest Foundation’s mission to support Baycrest, a global leader in brain health and aging.
One hundred percent of all donations go directly to the Baycrest Foundation and support the cost of the event. Funds are then invested in leading-edge cognitive neuroscience research, advancements in the mitigation of age-related illness and impairment and the care and treatment of patients living with dementia, Alzheimer’s and other brain function related illnesses.
There are currently more than 500,000 people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia in Canada. As the population ages, the number of people with dementia or cognitive impairment in Canada is expected to almost double to about 1.4 million by 2031. At Baycrest, our work helps to preserve and extend the cognitive and emotional well-being of older adults.
Donors to the Baycrest Foundation play a critical role in keeping Baycrest running as government funding only makes up about 64% of our revenue. Contributions to the Foundation go to support Baycrest’s most urgent needs, encompassing all aspects of assistance towards our organization’s operational requirements and care for the 1,100 older adults who call Baycrest home.
The health and safety of our participants, sponsors, staff and crew and volunteers are of the utmost concern for The Baycrest Foundation. To determine next steps, we regularly monitor the situation and follow the World Health Organization (WHO), the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and our own University Health Network (UHN) guidelines with regards to mass gatherings and protocol for combatting coronavirus including hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and physical distancing. We have daily discussions to determine our way forward while weighing all the potential implications and ensuring we make the best decisions for our community. We will continue to update this page as information changes. You can learn more about our measures here.
We’d like to remind everyone to take the following actions to help stop the spread of COVID-19:
- Regularly wash your hands with soap for 20 seconds or more and make use of hand sanitizer when available.
- Avoid touching your face with unwashed hands.
- If you’re feeling unwell, stay home and seek medical attention should you need it.
- Practice physical distancing.
- If you have traveled outside of Canada, self-isolate for a period of 14 days.
- Please click here to learn more about local, national and international and multilingual resources on COVID-19.