The City is implementing a comprehensive and unified signage system across its 1,600 public parks and 600 kilometre trail system as part of a series of coordinated pedestrian, cycling, and vehicle wayfinding initiatives. The wayfinding system reflects the guidance provided in the Toronto Parks and Trails (TPT) Wayfinding Strategy for scoping, planning, fabricating and installing the signage products.

Wayfinding is the process of finding your way around. A wayfinding strategy provides the right information, in the right format, at the right moment in a person’s journey. For example, signage is a form of wayfinding that helps people to locate and access entrances to the parks and trail system and find nearby streets, recreational centres, and other points of interest.

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February 2023

Interactive Mapping Activity

From December 13 to February 10, 2023, an online interactive mapping activity collected feedback on the Black Creek Trail wayfinding system implementation. A summary of the feedback will be shared here when available.

January 2023

Pop-up Event

The project team is hosted a pop-up event at Jane Finch Mall, in the south mall outside of Shoppers Drug Mart.

December 2022

Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting

On December 21, 2022, a meeting took place to present the Jane Finch Citizen Advisory Committee with information about the wayfinding system. The presentation was well received and feedback collected will help the project team move further into detailed design and implementation in Fall/Winter 2023.

Download the meeting presentation.

Multi-Use Trail Wayfinding

Wayfinding systems are currently being developed for the following multi-use trail systems:

  • Black Creek Trail
  • Highland Creek Trail
  • Taylor Creek Trail
  • A portion of the East Don River Trail
  • The Meadoway
  • Beltline Trail, including York Beltline Trail and Kay Gardner Beltline Trail
Diagram of the trail wayfinding sign family, which includes four products designed to orient trail visitors through identification and by providing direction. Two of the products include trail maps. All of the products feature orange header panels.
The trail sign family includes four products designed to orient trail visitors through identification and by providing direction.

Natural Environment Trail Wayfinding

In addition to our existing network of paved multi-use trails, Toronto is home to over 300 kilometres of natural surface (dirt) trails that wind through our forests and ravines. These natural environment trails tend to be narrower and more remote than paved trails and present a unique challenge for wayfinding.

These signs use timber posts that are more suited to natural forested environments and easier to install and maintain in remote locations.

In fall 2023, wayfinding signs will be installed in two areas of the city:

Diagram of the natural environment trail wayfinding sign family, which includes six products designed to orient trail visitors through identification and by providing direction and site interpretation. One of the products include trail maps. All of the products are mounted on wood posts or structures and feature orange header panels.
The Natural Environment Trail sign family is closely related to the existing Parks and Trails Wayfinding sign family, but with a more natural aesthetic better suited for forested ravine settings.

Toronto Island Park Wayfinding Map Pilot

In May 2022, the City prepared a draft interactive map to collect public feedback on accuracy, omissions, errors and priority destinations. The pilot maps can be reviewed in person at Jack Layton Ferry Terminal or any of the three ferry docks on the Islands.

The Parks and Trails Wayfinding Strategy is focused on improving wayfinding in parklands managed by the City. The goal of this ambitious project is to implement a signage system for parks and trails that:

  • Provides consistent identification, orientation and navigation in and around parks and trails
  • Encourages visiting, exploring and appreciation of Toronto‚Äôs natural assets
  • Serves all park and trail users regardless of their abilities
  • Reduces clutter and redundant infrastructure within parks and on trails, thereby enhancing the natural environment
  • Is economically sustainable and viable long term

Pilot Scheme

A pilot scheme consisting of a new family of wayfinding signage was implemented in 2017 in the Lower Don Trail, Riverdale Park East, and Riverdale Park West.

Lessons learned during the pilot informed refinements to the signage products, graphics, and construction, which are being incorporated into the rollout of the system.