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Now more than ever, Torontonians will benefit from staying active this winter. Toronto has much to offer, and traditional summer activities can be extended year-round.

Explore the Outdoors

Winter Pathways

Find parks with winter-maintained pathways.

The City of Toronto will be providing winter maintenance on select pathways across the city. These pathways will provide residents with an opportunity for longer walks during the winter months.

  • Most winter-maintained pathways are cleared of snow within 24 hours of snowfall, after 8 cm of accumulation. Paved recreational trails are cleared after 48 hours of snowfall.
  • Salting occurs within 24 to 48 hours of snow clearing.

The City is not able to maintain all pathways in all parks during the winter due to factors including the type of surface material and whether the pathway is located in an Environmentally Sensitive Area.

Additionally, there are eight marked, unmaintained snow loops on the City’s golf courses for walking or snowshoeing.

This winter, walk or snowshoe at five City golf courses. Eight snow loops are available with loops ranging from 1 to 2.5 km to explore and enjoy:

Washrooms are available within Golf Course Buildings.

City golf courses are accessible by TTC.

Centennial Park – Etobicoke

Located slightly west of Renforth Drive and north of Rathburn Road, this 213-hectare park is the largest park in the City of Toronto.

  • Multiple paved, winter-maintained pathways
  • One public washroom building on the west side of the stadium
  • Three portable toilets located at Picnic Sites 1, 6, and 8
  • Multiple parking lots

Centennial Park – Etobicoke offers an outdoor fitness area, several playgrounds, a number of ponds for wildlife viewing and more.

Chalkfarm Park, Heathrow Park and Giovanni Caboto Park

Chalkfarm Park, Heathrow Park and Giovanni Caboto Park are located north of Wilson Avenue, on both sides of Jane Street. Follow the Black Creek from the north end of Chalkfarm Park through Heathrow Park to the eastern edge of Giovanni Caboto Park.

At Chalkfarm Park, the tennis courts are open during the winter and there is outdoor fitness equipment available. All three parks have playgrounds.

High Park

Located near Bloor Street West and Parkside Drive, High Park is an Environmentally Significant Area with interesting plants and animals to see.

  • Paved walkways and roads are winter-maintained, including the east side of Grenadier Pond
  • Non-paved pathways are not winter-maintained
  • Public washroom buildings are available
  • Portable washrooms are available throughout the park
  • Many parking lots available
  • Subway stop on the north side of the park

High Park offers multiple playgrounds, two skating rinks, a large dog off-leash area and two tennis sets of courts. This park has large open areas for other winter and snow activities. There are lots of horticultural displays along the winter-maintained paths.

Humber Bay Park East and Humber Bay Park West

Humber Bay Park East and Humber Bay Park West are located at the southern end of Park Lawn Road, on the shores of Lake Ontario.

  • The main park road leading to each parking lot will be winter-maintained
  • Non-paved pathways are not winter-maintained
  • Paved pathways close to the lake are not winter-maintained
  • Portable washrooms available in each park
  • Five parking lots available between the parks

There is a dog off-leash area in Humber Bay Park West. The winds can be cold and strong as they blow in off the lake, so make sure you dress appropriately.

Earl Bales Park and Hinder Area

These parks are located on the east side of Bathurst Street at Sheppard Avenue West.

  • Multiple winter-maintained park roads and pathways
  • Public washrooms available at the Earl Bales Community Centre
  • Four parking lots in Earl Bales Park; one parking lot in the Hinder Area

Earl Bales Park has three playgrounds and a dog off-leash area. The Hinder Area is part of an extensive forested ravine system that helps support wildlife in the area. Both areas are good for bird watching.

Edwards Gardens

Edwards Gardens is located at the corner of Lawrence Avenue East and Leslie Street.

  • Multiple winter-maintained walkways
  • Public washrooms available in the park and at the Toronto Botanical Gardens
  • One large parking lot

This area is part of the Don River West Branch, so expect to find a fair amount of wildlife. There are lots of horticultural displays along the winter-maintained paths.

Some walkways may be in Environmentally Significant Areas and will not be winter-maintained.

G. Ross Lord Park

G. Ross Lord Park is a large park located along Dufferin Street between Finch Avenue and Steeles Avenue.

  • Four kilometres of winter-maintained walkways that provide connections between the parking lots
  • Public washroom building is available on the east side of the main parking lot, in the sports pavilion
  • Portable washroom is available on the west side
  • Five parking lots

This park has a dog off-leash area. Walk east along the winter-maintained trails to Harryetta Gardens Park to continue your walk north along winter-maintained walkways to Steeles Avenue.

Finch Recreational Trail

This paved walking/cycling trail is located within a hydro corridor between Norfinch Drive in Etobicoke York to Talbot Road, west of Yonge Street.

Part of the Trail east of Yonge Street, between Willowdale Avenue and Pineway Boulevard, is an Environmentally Significant Area and will not be winter-maintained

Sunnybrook Park, Wilket Creek Park and E.T. Seton Park

Sunnybrook Park, Wilket Creek Park and E.T. Seton Park are located in the Eglinton Avenue East and Leslie Street area.

  • Five kilometres of winter-maintained park roads from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre to Overlea Boulevard
  • Public washrooms are available in Sunnybrook Park and Wilket Creek Park
  • Parking lots are available in each park

This area is part of the Don River West Branch, so expect to find a fair amount of wildlife.

Some walkways in the northern part of Wilket Creek Park are part of an Environmentally Significant Area and are not winter maintained

Birkdale Ravine, Thomson Memorial Park, Bendale Park, Hague Park and Cedar Brook Park

Take a walk along the West Highland Creek through Birkdale Ravine, Thomson Memorial Park, Bendale Park, Hague Park and Cedar Brook Park.

  • Five kilometres of winter-maintained pathway from the Birkdale Community Centre to Cedarbrook Community Centre
  • Public washrooms are available at Thomson Memorial Park and Cedarbrook Community Centre
  • Parking lots along the route, including at:
    • Birkdale Community Centre
    • Thomson Memorial Park
    • Cedarbrook Community Centre

This route offers outdoor fitness equipment, playgrounds and many open spaces. There is a dog off-leash area at Thomson Memorial Park.

Bluffer’s Park

Bluffer’s Park is located at the southern end of Brimley Road, next to the shores of Lake Ontario.

  • Gravel or dirt walkways are not winter-maintained
  • Public washrooms are available
  • Three large parking lots

Bluffer’s Park is a good spot to view Scarborough Bluffs.

Finch Recreational Trail

This paved pathway/cycling trail in a hydro corridor is located east of L’Amoreaux Sports Complex, between Silver Star Boulevard and Middlefield Road.

Gatineau Hydro Corridor

This part of the Meadoway is located between Victoria Park Avenue and Scarborough Golf Club Road.

  • Nine kilometres of winter-maintained paved pathway
    • 1.5 kilometres of unpaved pathway that is not winter-maintained between Kennedy Road and Brimley Road.
    • Side roads can be used instead
    • Part of the trail between Crockford Boulevard and Birchmount Avenue is under construction and has a short detour with signs
  • Public washrooms available at Thomson Memorial Park
  • Parking is available along the route

The Meadoway is a stretch of urban greenspace and meadowlands that connects downtown Toronto to Rouge National Urban Park.

Milliken Park

Milliken Park is located at the southeast corner of Steeles Avenue East and McCowan Road.

This park has two separate playgrounds and lots of open space.

Port Union Village Common Park

Port Union Village Common Park is located along the shores of Lake Ontario at the east end of Scarborough.

  • Under 1 kilometre of winter-maintained, paved pathway from the main entrance
  • Portable washroom available near the entrance
  • No parking lot at Port Union Village Common Park

This park has a small playground. Non-winter-maintained trails can extend about 2.5 kilometres to Rouge Beach Park, or two kilometres to the winter-maintained parking lot in Eastpoint Park. Ice can build up near the shore so proceed with caution.

Kew Gardens and the east Martin Goodman Trail

Kew Gardens is located south of Queen Street East along Lee Avenue in the Beach neighbourhood.

Kew Gardens has:

  • A winter-maintained pathway loop around the park
  • Public winter washrooms located near the outdoor ice rink
  • No parking

Kew Gardens has a dog off-leash area on the beach.

The Martin Goodman Trail heads east or west from Kew Gardens and has

Toronto Island Park

Toronto Island Park includes Ward’s Island, Hanlan’s Point and Centre Island. Check the Toronto Island Ferry Schedule for details about travelling to and from the island when planning your trip.

  • Almost every single paved walkway is winter-maintained
  • Four winter washrooms are available across the park

This park features an 18-hole disc golf course between Ward’s Island and Centre Island, public tennis courts open in the winter at Hanlan’s Point, playgrounds, outdoor table tennis and open space.

There is no heated shelter and very limited shelter options in the winter, so dress appropriately.

Trinity Bellwoods Park

Trinity Bellwoods Park is located at the north end of Strachan Avenue, between Queen Street West and Dundas Street West.

  • Almost every walkway is winter-maintained
  • Two public washrooms
  • There is one parking lot at Trinity Bellwoods Park

This park has a dog off-leash area, outdoor fitness equipment, a skating rink, a playground, tennis courts and many open areas.

Withrow Park

Withrow Park is located just south of Danforth Avenue between Logan Avenue and Carlaw Avenue.

  • Every pathway in this park is winter-maintained
  • Two public washrooms are available
  • No parking lots are available

This park has a skating rink, outdoor fitness equipment, a playground, open tennis courts and many open areas.