Trails, or multi-use trails, are used by pedestrians, cyclists, in-line skaters and more. Some are part of the bikeway network, some are paved and some are not. Many provide access into Toronto’s beautiful ravine system. Explore and find your new favourite respite from the city streets.
A beautiful natural area, the Bluffs found at Bluffer’s Park were formed over thousands of years of glacial activity and erosion by the currents of Lake Ontario.
Just east of the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) and north of Eglinton Avenue, Charles Sauriol Conservation Area has a paved trail that can be used year-round for hiking, biking and walking. You won’t even think you’re close to the highway in this natural area with its calm meadows and lush canopy that turns radiant in fall. You’ll fall in love with this trail and even get to walk through the famous “Rainbow Bridge” that you see when driving north on the DVP.
One of Toronto’s most popular birding destinations, Colonel Samuel Smith Park features a network of paths and the city’s longest ice skating trail.
Crothers Woods is a unique and extensive forest habitat in the Don River Valley with approximately 10 kilometres of natural surface trails ideal for hiking or mountain biking.
In Crother Woods, you will find Cottonwood Flats. Its industrial heritage dates back to the early 1800s, but today trails and lookouts provide access to restored natural features including a songbird meadow and native trees, shrubs and wildflowers.
You will also find Sun Valley Trail. This 1.3 km granular surfaced trail in the heart of Crothers Woods encircles the old landfill site which is being restored to a thriving forest ecosystem. The trail is 2.5 m wide and classified as a multi-purpose beginner trail with one 100 m steep section.
This former quarry has been transformed into a flagship restoration site and natural environment park featuring a wide variety of native plant, tree and wetland species.
Not only does Earl Bales Park have a ski hill and band stage, but it also has well-maintained trails running through a lovely deciduous forest of tall trees. In the summer the canopy provides shade and cools the area. In the fall these maples, oaks and ash put on a spectacular show of colour.
One of Toronto’s premier birding destinations, this naturalized area features plants, such as red osier dogwood, blue wood aster/heart-leaved aster, goldenrod, evening primrose and big bluestem grass.
Etobicoke Valley Park features a trail that runs along Etobicoke Creek and connects to Marie Curtis Park and the Lake Ontario waterfront.
This park in the Thorncliffe neighbourhood is nestled in the Don Valley, with trails connecting to the Lower Don Trail, West Don Trail (Ontario Science Centre), Taylor Creek Trail and East Don Trail.
The beautiful Humber Arboretum, a partnership between the City of Toronto, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Humber College, connects to trails that run south and north along the Humber River.
This butterfly habitat features native wildflowers, shrubs, trees, grasses, sedges, and physical features known to support butterflies throughout all life cycles.
One of Toronto’s longest trails, the Humber River Recreation Trail follows the length of the historic Humber River. There are many access points and parks along the way, including James Gardens. Note some sections are on-road and have accessibility barriers.
Kay Gardner Beltline Park and Trail are a unique part of Toronto’s parks and ravines. The trail follows an old railway line from Allen Road south of Elm Ridge Drive west to Mount Pleasant Cemetery. It is a great way to see the city along old ravines and through hidden green spaces.
The Lower Don Trail is a vital 5 km section of multi-use trail for pedestrians and cyclists that runs along the Don River, from Pottery Road to Corktown Commons.
During and after heavy rainfalls parts of the Lower Don Trail can be covered by surface runoff and mucky silt. The trail can become difficult to navigate from the foot bridge at Riverdale West/East, south down to Dundas Street.
The Meadoway, a partnership between the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and the City of Toronto, takes advantage of the hydro corridor through Scarborough. A trail runs most of its length, connecting to many other trails. Once fully finished, it will create a continuous trail connection between the Don Valley and Rouge National Urban Park and the Toronto Zoo.
This gravel-surface trail that has existed for more than 130 years is well-used by hikers, dog walkers, cyclists and joggers, and connects Rosedale to the Don Valley trail network and Don Valley Brick Works Park. This is a 300 metre-long, 3 metre-wide trail in Rosedale entering the Don Valley from South Drive near Craigleigh Gardens Park.
The beautiful trails of the Highland Creek system in Scarborough can be accessed from Morningside Park, linking to the Meadoway, Cedar Ridge Creative Centre, University of Toronto Scarborough and Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail.
Operated and maintained by Parks Canada, Toronto’s largest green space offers many trails to explore.
Located beside the Toronto Music Garden, the Spadina Quay Wetland is a uniquely constructed wetland and was designed to establish a natural pike spawning habitat.
Take a hike or bring your bike in the spring, summer and fall to use one of the many paths that give a route to follow through this linear park. Take your time and notice the trees, plants and wildlife that are found in Taylor Creek Park. The trail connects to the Lower Don Trail.
This beautiful park, home of the Scarborough Museum, has a wooded trail that runs along West Highland Creek to Cedar Brook Park and connections to McCowan Park.
The Toronto portion of the world’s longest trail network runs along many sections of trails in the city, including many of the trails mentioned on this page. The Trans Canada Trail is a project of the Trans Canada Trail organization with many partners including the City of Toronto.
The West Toronto Railpath is a recreational trail that runs north-south from Cariboo Ave to Dundas Street West. The surface is asphalt and it is 2.1 kilometres long and 3.6 metres wide. There are accessible entrances at Cariboo Avenue, Ruskin Avenue, Macualay Avenue, Wallace Avenue, Ernest Avenue, Randolph Avenue and at the intersection of Dundas Street West and Sterling Road. There are stair-only entrances at Dupont Street and Bloor Street West. The West Toronto Railpath runs parallel to an active GO Transit and UP Express train corridor.
The west section of the Toronto trails system span the area from Humberwoods Park to Sunnybrook Park.
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The east section of the Toronto trails system span the area from Sunnybrook Park to Rouge Park.
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All multi-use pathway users have a responsibility to be considerate and respectful of all park/trail users. The following tips are provided to help ensure that all pathway users have an enjoyable and safe experience:
Carry Out What You Carry In
Stay on the Trails
Respect the Weather and Trail Conditions
Share the Trail
Control Your Pet