Parks & Trails

Trails and Nature

Trails banner image, Bird watching and hiking at Don River Valley

Get your move on!

Trails are a great way to be active, get around and explore the city. Toronto has an extensive trail network with a variety of trail types and experiences. Multi-use trails can be found in parks and along greenways, and many are part of the City's bikeway network. These trails are shared by more than one type of user, including pedestrians, cyclists, in-line skaters and others. Natural environment trails are typically unpaved and wind their way through natural areas. They are great spots for hiking, biking and connecting with nature in the city. The trail network also features Discovery Walks. These self-guided tours link ravines, parks, beaches and neighbourhoods to explore Toronto's natural and cultural heritage.


Explore Toronto's Trails

Natural Surface Trail in Crothers Woods

Natural Environment Trails

Toronto has five watersheds with an extensive natural environment trail network for hiking biking and exploring. Trails wind through woods, across wildflower meadows and along rivers, wetlands and ponds. They are a great way to experience nature, enjoy Toronto's urban forest and see wildlife - herons, hawks, deer, rabbits, muskrats and butterflies to name a few.

Discovery Walk Sign

Discovery Walks

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. 


Bikeway Network

The City is developing a Bikeway Network that will link cyclists with neighbourhoods and destinations across the city. The network will serve both commuter and recreational cycling. It will be comprised of connected Cycle Tracks, bicycle lanes, shared roadway routes and multi-use trails in parklands and hydro and rail corridors. 

Nature Butterfly

Nature in the City

Toronto's parks are more than just playgrounds and sports fields. They’re alive with plants and animals that rely on our green spaces for food, water and shelter. Each park has its own unique ecosystem and is part of the City’s larger network of migratory corridors. If you look closely, you can catch a glimpse of this wonderful world of nature just outside your door.

Aerial View of a Ravine

Ravines and Natural Features

Toronto's natural areas include ravines, woodlands and the shoreline of glacial Lake Iroquois, on both private and public land. Working with agencies such as the Toronto Region Conservation Authority, we enforce protection bylaws and limit development proposals in and beside ravine and natural feature areas. We also initiate projects and work with community groups to restore native species and forest cover.