So if I’m in the reserve unit I will just be placed at my nearest armoury to do basic training and all that stuff? But what about field training? I’m guessing we get picked up at a bus to go some muddy field to do some firearm training am I correct? It’s always best for me to know whats going on before I screw up and get myself lost.
If you joined the reserves in Toronto, yes you would join a local unit and do most of your training locally. This would probably include the first part of your training, the 'Basic Military Qualification'. It's often run part time on weekend- that's how I did mine in high school. You would probably be looking at finishing basic training and being qualified as an infantry soldier next summer with a couple months of full time training. For Toronto units that's almost definitely going to happen in Meaford, Ontairo.
In the reserves, about one weekend a month you'll out out to do training in the field somewhere. I'm not sure where Toronto units normally go, though Borden ON, Meaford, ON, and potentially some places just across the border in the US are possibilities. There's also an evening a week of training at your unit's armoury, which would be somewhere int he gTA depending on who you join.
The reserves offer full time summer employment from the start of May to the end of August each summer for your first four years of service. If you want to do this (you don't have to, other than getting your basic training done) you could potentially be tasked anywhere in the country. Food and lodging for those months would be paid for. It's a pretty decent deal, especially if you're going to school during the year.
That's an extremely basic and brief explanation of what you'd be looking at for the first couple years. There's a lot of great info on this site.
I did 15 years in the reserves (infantry), and I have no regrets. It helped me get to a pretty good place in life and I got some cool training and operational experience out of it. Good luck!