The City of Toronto has developed a Concept Trail Plan for Lambton Woods, a 21.6 hectare Environmentally Significant Area (ESA) located on the west side of the Humber River between James Gardens and Lambton Park.

Download the final concept plan.

  • Summer 2019: trail concept plan complete
  • December 2020: pedestrian bridge detailed design complete
  • Winter 2021: tree removals in preparation of bridge installation
  • Summer 2021: bridge construction complete
  • Fall 2021: restoration planting
  • Summer 2023: Phase 1 trail enhancement planning
  • Summer 2024 to Summer 2025: Phase 1 trail enhancement construction

The timeline is subject to change.

The City has been working for a number of years to manage natural environment trails in parks and ravines to ensure the protection of our forests and natural areas while allowing for compatible recreational uses. These trails are well used by hikers, dog-walkers, mountain bikers and natural environment enthusiasts and are highly valued as an important part of the recreational trail network. Growing demand for recreational trails is leading to unsustainable trail use, unauthorized trail creation and damage to natural areas.

Lambton Woods contains high-quality deciduous forests on steep valley slopes and portions of a narrow floodplain, as well as a large groundwater discharge area, and smaller open wetland. It provides habitat for a number of significant species, including migrating songbirds.

Trails Map

While we aim to provide fully accessible content, there is no text alternative available for some of the content on this site. If you require alternate formats or need assistance understanding our maps, drawings, or any other content, please contact Steven Parkes at 416-392-1338. Download the trails map.

A thumbnail image of the trails map with labels and a legend.
Trails Map.
A wooden bridge with railings over a creek. Trees are seen in the background and around the creek's bank.
Bridge Installation Summer 2021.

Replacement of a wood pedestrian bridge (labelled H in Trails Map, found in the About the Trail Concept Plan section) was the first step in implementing the trail concept plan.

Construction was completed in 2021 and coordinated with restoration work for invasive species removal and native planting.

As part of the bridge design and approvals process, a number of studies were completed to determine the required size and placement of a new bridge. The new bridge was installed approximately 25 meters upstream where there is less projected streambank erosion. The existing trail network was realigned to meet with the new bridge location. The bridge was designed in sections that could be assembled onsite to minimize impacts to the surrounding forest.