DID YOU KNOW...
About all the Mall Walking Programs in the GTA?

By Elizabeth Langford

Trying to maintain a healthy lifestyle through walking? As we approach cooler weather in the upcoming winter months, consider a MALL WALKING program. It's a free, indoor, year-round option for physical activity!

Walking, along with exercise-based cardiac rehabilitation programs, is widely recommended as part of the continuum of cardiovascular care.

Walking is an excellent way to prevent cardiovascular diseases and future cardiac events.

Studies have shown that walking 2.5 hours per week (30 minutes, 5 days per week) cuts the risk of developing cardiovascular and coronary heart diseases by 50% (1).

Here is an index of mall walking programs in Toronto and surrounding areas:

Toronto:

The Atrium on Bay
595 BAY ST, Toronto, ON | (416) 595-1164
Open for walking at 6:00am Mon - Sat., and 8:00am Sunday.

East York Town Centre
45 Overlea Blvd.,Toronto, ON | (416) 421-9504
Doors open at 7:00am for walkers.

Eglinton Square
18 Eglinton Sq, Scarborough, ON | (416) 757-7770
Doors open at 7:00am for walkers.

Burlington:

Burlington Mall
777 Guelph Line, Burlington, ON | (905) 632-4777
Meets 7:30am in the food court.

Mapleview Shopping Centre - Mall Walking program
900 Maple Avenue, Burlington, ON | (905) 681-2900
Program runs 7:00-10:00am Monday to Friday.
Register at the Customer Service Kiosk during regular mall hours.

Vaughan Mills - Healthy Strides Walking Club
1 Bass Pro Mills Drive, Vaughan, ON | (905) 879-2110
Mall opens at 7:00am for walkers. Register at Guest Services.

Markham:

Markville Mall - Mall Walk Program
5000 Highway 7 East, Markham, ON | (905) 477-6600
Mall opens at 6:45am for walkers.
Register at the Customer Service Kiosk during regular mall hours.

Missisauga, Etobicoke and Oakville:

Bramalea City Centre - Mall Walk Program
25 Peel Centre Drive, Brampton, ON | (905) 793-4682
Program runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30 - 9:30am. Sign-up in food-court.

Cloverdale Mall - Cloverdale Heartwalkers
250 The East Mall, Etobicoke, ON | (416) 236-1668
Membership Registration takes place every first Monday of the month at Centre Court - 7:30am to 9:30am.
Monday to Saturday, 7:00 - 10:00am. Enter at the Mr.Panino/Gino's Pizza Entrance.

Erin Mills Town Centre - Mall Walk Program
5100 Erin Mills Parkway, Mississauga, ON | (905) 569-1981
Register at Guest Service desk during mall hours.

Hopedale Shopping Centre
1515 Rebecca St., Oakville, ON | (905) 827-7146
Mall is open at 7:00am for walkers.

Oakville Place Shopping Centre - Mall Walk Program
240 Leighland Avenue, Oakville, ON | (905) 842-2140
Register Tuesday and Thursday mornings in the food court at Mall Walking booth.
Program runs 7:00-10:00am.

Sherway Gardens - Mall Walk Program
25 The West Mall, Toronto, ON | (416) 621-1070
Program runs 7 days a week, 6:00-9:00am.
Entry for registered walkers is at Door 3 on the north side of the shopping centre. Register at the Guest Services Desk at Sherway Square during regular mall hours.

Woodbine Centre
500 Rexdale Blvd., Etobicoke, ON | (416) 674-5200
Mall opens at 8:00am for walkers.

North Toronto/York Region:

Fairview Mall-Guest Services
1800 Sheppard Ave. East, Toronto, ON | (416) 491-0151
Mall is open from 7:00-9:30am for walkers (enter on North side).

Hillcrest Mall
9350 Yonge St, Richmond Hill, ON | (905) 883-1400
Mall is open at 7:00am for walkers.

Upper Canada Mall - Sole Mates and Stroller Mates walking programs
17600 Yonge Street, Newmarket, ON | (905) 895-1961
Program runs from 7:00-9:30am. Sign up at Guest Services Kiosk.

Oshawa:

Oshawa Centre - Mall Walk Program
419 King Street West, Oshawa, ON | (905) 728-6231
Registration at Customer Service Kiosk.

References:

  1. Boon-Heinonen, J. Evenson, KR. Taber, DR. Gordon-Larsen, P. (2009). Walking for prevention of cardiovascular disease in men and women: a systematic review of observational studies. Obesity reviews: an official journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity, March 10(2):204- 217.

The articles, on the Cardiac Health Foundation of Canada website, are presented with the understanding that the Foundation is providing information only and not rendering medical advice. Please check with your family physician, specialist or health care professional before implementing any of the ideas expressed in these articles.