If you are craving a wild and untamed walking experience in the middle of the city, this is a perfect opportunity to connect to a hidden world, an urban wilderness that supports an abundance of native plants and a variety of wildlife including coyote, deer, fox, heron and hawks. Lose yourself in grassy fields and a mosaic of habitats. The City of Toronto boasts an intact ravine system, offering pockets of forests and tranquility within walking distance of a bustling urban centre. Several watersheds have allowed for a natural trail network that connects woods, meadows, rivers, wetlands and ponds.
Take a deep breath and enjoy the trees!
We walk at a leisurely pace following the Beltline, an abandoned 19th century railway route now converted into a recreational trail, leading us into the Don Valley. We stop briefly at the Evergreen Brick Works, a former quarry that has been transformed into a world renowned city park and environmentally focused community and cultural centre. Enjoy a cup of coffee at the stylish Belong Café or take a moment to admire the expanse of the valley before we continue on through the woods, eventually making our way to Rosedale Subway Station.
“I really enjoyed the hike. Barb is a lovely lady that is very knowledgeable about the history of the park and knows the area really well. The hike is really beautiful.” – K. Jeffers, Netherlands