- Trails in Toronto! All accessible !Find your perfect trail in Toronto. If you’re looking for a walking journey, a cycling adventure or a hike through nature, here are 10 suggestions:
1. THE BETTY SUTHERLAND TRAIL: This urban asphalt trail follows the East Don River from Duncan Mill Road to Sheppard Avenue and is 1.85 kilometres in length. It has complete wheelchair access and can be used by in-line skaters and for dog walking, hiking and cycling.
2. THE CHARLES SAURIOL CONSERVATION RESERVE: This trail – measuring 3.9 km in length – lies between the Forks of the Don and Lawrence Avenue East. It includes the Elevated Wetlands, an experimental water purification project at the Forks of the Don sponsored by the plastics industry. Its surfaces include asphalt and compacted soil, and is only partially wheelchair accessible. Suitable for hiking and off-road cycling.
3. THE DON RIVER TRAIL: This trail, popular with cyclists, begins at the intersection of Lake Shore Boulevard East and Cherry Street, and continues for 13.8 km to Edwards Gardens
4. EAST DON RIVER TRAIL: This northerly stretch of the Don offers a chance for a good leg-stretching walk and a chance to see the river and its valley unencumbered by rail lines, expressways or concrete.) From Steeles to York Mills Road, the river wanders freely across its flood plain. The asphalt trail goes for 11 km.
5. ETOBICOKE CREEK: Following the shore of Lake Ontario, this busy, 9-km pathway is used for both recreation and non-motorized commuting. Amenities such as washrooms, benches, and picnic areas are available in the four municipal parks through which the Waterfront Trail passes.
6. G. ROSS LORD PARK TRAIL: This parkland, located in the West Don River valley north of Finch Avenue, was assembled in 1972 primarily for flood control purposes. Pedestrian entrances to access this 4.6-km long trail are located at Steeles Avenue, Hidden Trail, Fisherville Road, and two off Torresdale Road, at Cedarcroft Road and at Antibes Drive.
7. KING’S MILL PARK TRAIL: King’s Mill Park is located on the west bank of the Humber River. Vehicles can enter the park at Humber Valley Drive, north of Riverwood Parkway, or from Old Mill Road. Pedestrians and cyclists can travel through the park on the Tommy Thompson Trail.
8. ROSEDALE RAVINE TRAIL: The Rosedale Ravine starts at Yonge Street and St. Clair Avenue. Just duck down Heath Street East, go down the staircase and find yourself immersed in the forest walking along a creek. The Rosedale Ravine is a loop. To the south it takes you down to the Bayview Extension, north up to Moore Avenue or you can take it to Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
9. TAYLOR CREEK TRAIL: Taylor Creek Park follows a major tributary to the Forks of the Don River. Three rivers meet at the forks and form the Lower Don River: the East Don, the West Don and this tributary. Vehicles can enter the park at Don Mills Road, Haldon Avenue or Dawes Road and transit users can walk a few minutes to the park from Victoria Park subway station.
10. WARDEN WOODS TRAIL: The thickly forested valley following Massey Creek east of Pharmacy Avenue to St. Clair Avenue is known as Warden Woods. Pedestrians and vehicles can enter from Pharmacy Avenue, north of Danforth Avenue. Warden subway station is a five-minute walk from the 85-acre park’s north entrance at St. Clair and Warden.
These are just a few of the trails Toronto residents can enjoy. Check out www.ontariotrails.on.ca/trails and search for one that suits your needs. See here
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