Toronto has 5 watersheds with trail networks for you to run, bike, hike, and even horseback ride! The trails wind through forests, across wildflower meadows and along rivers, wetlands and ponds. There are also waterfront trails and self-guided Discovery Walks. Herons, hawks, deer, rabbits, muskrats and butterflies are just some of the wildlife that you can find when you discover Toronto's trails.
Explore Toronto's Trails
Toronto’s popular Discovery Walks program consists of a series of self-guided walks that link city ravines, parks, gardens, beaches and neighbourhoods. Informative signage will help you experience an area’s heritage and environment.
Cottonwood Flats is one of Toronto's many natural areas and the latest to be restored. It has a rich and varied history. Its industrial heritage dates back to the early 1800s when a water channel was constructed as part of a ‘mill race’ to power a local mill.
Crothers Woods is a 52-hectare mature maple-beech-oak woodland located in the Don River valley. Many trees in Crothers Woods are more than a century old, with parts of the forest remaining in much the same condition as it was before European settlement.
Glen Stewart is an 11 hectare ravine with a wide diversity of plant and bird life. Fed by clean ground water from Ames Creek, the ravine forest is dominated by red oak and red maple. The site is also designated as an Environmentally Significant Area through the City's Official Plan.
The trail is well-used by hikers, dog-walkers, cyclists and joggers and connects the community to the Don Valley trail network and the Don Valley Brick Works. It has existed for over 130 years and was used historically by equestrians and for transportation of commercial goods.
Sun Valley was used as a landfill for many years until its closure in 1965. Beneath the ground, waste is compacted 20 to 25 meters deep throughout the site’s 8.4 hectares. After the landfill was closed, the area was covered over with topsoil and allowed to revert to a naturalized state.