The site will remain closed while the south trail connections are under construction.

We’re connecting Gatineau Trail with Morningside Park.

New and resurfaced multi-use trails and pedestrian bridges will make the park more accessible for park users.

The Pan Am Path is a multi-use recreational trail network that spans the City of Toronto. Most of Pan Am Path runs through river valleys and along hydro corridors. However, certain sections of the Pan Am Path detour along municipal roads. In the summer of 2014, the City of Toronto and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) began planning a trail connection project within Morningside Park in order to develop an important connection to the Pan Am Path through the Highland Creek Valley Corridor.

Project Timeline

  • Early 2016: Review and analysis
  • 2018/2019: Permits and approvals
  • Winter 2020 to 2021: Installation of three pedestrian bridges, trail segments and planning for future phases
  • Fall 2021: Morningside to Meadoway Connection implementation
  • 2022: Highland Creek Trail 3A Improvements implementation

The timeline is subject to change.

The preferred trail connection alternative endorsed by the City and TRCA is shown here.

The technical details of this image can be described by contacting the project coordinator listed on this page
Click to expand concept design

This alternative was preferred as it employs existing under-developed trail infrastructure that provided additional trail connection opportunities from both Ellesmere Road and Orton Park Road. This option also provides the overall best value, is most technically feasible, and causes the least disturbance to surrounding natural areas.

Other proposals to reduce the number of bridges were also considered. These options were eliminated from further consideration due to concerns that certain slope sections were steep and potentially unstable.

With the detailed designs for the first stage of construction complete and most necessary permits and approvals obtained, the trail connection works will now be implemented over the next several years with capital funding allocated to the project in phases.

Phase 1: Review and Analysis

The focus of this phase was inventory and analysis. The project team completed various tasks including reviewing existing planning policies, conducting archaeological assessments, carrying out tree inventories and topographic surveying, and completing an Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol Monitoring report. Phase 1 has concluded with a clear picture of the opportunities and constraints for the proposed Pan Am Path Connection and set the stage for conceptual design work in Phase 2.

Phase 2: Permits and Approvals

Phase 2 consists of securing all necessary permits and approvals and creating an implementation schedule with preliminary cost estimates. Consultations provided important feedback to help determine priorities.

Phase 3: Implementation

Phase 3 has been divided into three stages of work to provide a focus for each of the projects making up the final trail connections.

The first stage consisted of the installation of three pedestrian bridges over Highland Creek south of Ellesmere Road to enable connectivity throughout Morningside Park.

The Morningside to Meadoway Connection work is underway this fall and includes the creation of a paved connection node linking the newly installed north pedestrian bridge with the trail from Botany Hill Park and the planned Meadoway Trail.

The Highland Creek Trail 3A Improvements are planned for future implementation and will connect the south pedestrian bridge to the Morningside Park parking lot.

Trail users should anticipate that while these works are planned and underway, some trail surfaces may be unpaved and uneven, and may require that cyclists dismount. Paving along the Highland Creek Trail 3A Improvements work area is anticipated once connecting works proposed by Toronto Water are completed. These works will protect Toronto Water infrastructure and will be designed to consider climate resiliency in the design of the creek bed and side slopes.

A grassy section of land separated from the road by a post fence
Part of the proposed trail connection area north of Ellesmere.

Fall 2021

Construction of the Morningside to Meadoway Connection began fall 2021. Please respect all posted construction signs and stay clear of the work area and equipment. Your cooperation and patience is appreciated.

Winter 2020

The work related to the installation of three pedestrian bridges south of Ellesmere Road is now substantially performed. In addition to the installation of three bridges, the work included the creation of a rest area and trail connections.

Newly installed pedestrian bridges, rest area and trail connection in Morningside Park south of Ellesmere Road.

Trail connecting two newly installed pedestrian bridges in Morningside Park south of Ellesmere Road.

October 6, 2019

Highland Creek Salmon Festival

TRCA representatives attended the Highland Creek Salmon Festival to inform the public of the project plans and answer any questions.

September 30, 2018

Highland Creek Salmon Festival

TRCA representatives attended the Highland Creek Salmon Festival to inform the public of the project plans and answer any questions.

May 23, 2017

Public Meeting

Trail features being considered for the project were discussed.

For more information about the project, download a shortened version of the Highland PanAm MultiUse Trail presentation.

 

The Great Trail logo with text that reads "This project was funded in part by a grant from Trans Canada Trail"

This project was funded in part by a grant from Trans Canada Trail.