Completed Studies

Beltline Trail Study

This site was last updated May 13, 2013


The Beltline Trail study was completed April 2013.

Five "Quick Start" projects have been identified as most feasible in the short term:

  • Construct a trail switchback connection between Chorley Park and the Don Valley Brickworks - planned for 2013
  • Construct a switchback trail access from the Health Street bridge to the Beltline Trail - planned for 2013.
  • Develop wayfinding and signage strategies and design improvements for trails in ravine and natural environment parks.
  • Develop a detailed plan for restoration of the natural environment in Restoration Priority Zone 1 (Moore Park Ravine)
  • Plan a pilot project for engagement of private landowners and best management practices for stewardship of properties adjacent to ravine and natural environment parks.

Further elements of the recommended solutions will be implemented depending on budget availability, required approvals and complimentary work in the area.

For further details, please see the complete Beltline Trail final report provided below.

Also see Frequently Asked Questions (Nov. 26, 2012) (PDF)


The Beltline Trail was originally constructed as a 1890s commuter steam railway line that circled the City, looping from Union Station up through North Toronto. The rail line was converted to multi-use trail in the end of the last century.

The Beltline Today

The Beltline Trail is currently heavily used by residents for hiking, running, cycling, dog-walking and passive recreation.  The success of the trail has partly led to its current poor condition. Due to heavy use and improper drainage, parts of the trail have been widened by foot and bicycle traffic up to 6m which has contributed to the deterioration of adjacent naturalized areas.  The Beltline trail was originally designed in segments contributing to its lack of continuity, poor road crossing treatments and lack of wayfinding.

The City of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation and Transportation Services have begun a study to look at state of good repair improvements to the Beltline Trail, including the section through Moore Park Ravine.

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Study Purpose

This study examined the existing condition of the Beltline Trail and adjacent naturalized areas and provides prioritized conceptual design recommendations, along with associated costing that will guide future improvements to the trail.  Throughout the study, efforts have been focussed on making improvements in the areas of safety, protection/restoration of the natural environment, accessibility, connectivity and user experience.

Public Consultation

Public and stakeholder consultation played a significant role in the study and results from these meetings were considered and integrated within the final recommendations of this report.

In June 2012, the study hosted a small Stakeholder Working Session to introduce the project and gather some early input to help inform the study plan.  Read Working Session Summary Report.

The first public meeting for this project was held on September 10, 2012. Below are the materials from the meeting (PDFs).

The results of the meeting and additional communications received have been compiled into the following:

An additional public meeting was held on October 2, 2012 for residents of the high density neighbourhood on Merton Street, which did not receive effective notification for the September 10 meeting. All presentation materials were the same as above.  Read the October 2 meeting report

A second small Stakeholder Working Session was held on November 8, 2012. Participants provided feedback on early drafts of the guiding principles and design recommendations for the Beltline Trail. Read Working Session #2 Summary Report and Appendix .

The second set of public meetings took place on December 4 and 5, 2012.

Materials from both meetings:

The results of the meeting and have been compiled into the following:

For further information, read the Frequently Asked Questions document (Nov. 26, 2012)

Final Report

Below is the complete study report, provided in 11 PDF files.

File A

Table of Contents

  • 1 - Executive Summary
  • 2 - Background And Study Area
  • 3 - Related Studies, Guiding Documents And Initiatives
  • 4 - Study Goals And Objectives
  • 5 - Public Consultation And Guiding Principles

File B

6 - Typical Trail Conditions and Recommendations

  • Section A - Flat Granular Trail at Street Level
  • Section B - Flat Granular Trail Below Street Level
  • Section C - Recently-Installed Granular Trail (Adjacent Residential Buildings/Cemetery)
  • Section D - Steep Asphalt Trail (Access to Ravine)

File C

  • Section E - Flat Compacted Granular Trail (Within Ravine)
  • Section F - Undulating Narrow Granular Trail (Adjacent to Bayview Avenue)
  • Section G - Flat Asphalt Trail (Within Ravine)
  • Section H - Natural Surface Park Paths (Foot Paths)

File D

7 - Trail Maps

  • Map 01 Allen Road to Lawnhurst Boulevard
  • Map 02 Lawnhurst Boulevard to Eglinton Avenue
  • Map 03 Eglinton Avenue to Elmsthorpe Avenue
  • Map 04 Elmsthorpe Avenue to Oriole Park
  • Map 05 Oriole Park to Northwest Mount Pleasant Cemetery
  • Map 06 Mount Pleasant Cemetery at Mount Pleasant Road

File E

  • Map 07 Southeast Mount Pleasant Cemetery to Heath Street East
  • Map 08 Heath Street East to CP Rail Bridge
  • Map 09 CP Rail Bridge to the Don Valley Brick Works Park
  • Map 10 The Don Valley Brick Works Park
  • Map 11 The Don Valley Brick Works Park to Glen Road
  • Map 12 Glen Road to David A. Balfour Park
  • Map 13 David A. Balfour Park to Rosehill Reservoir
  • Map 14 Rosehill Reservoir to Heath Street East
  • Map 15 Heath Street East to Southwest Mount Pleasant Cemetery

File F

8 - Street Crossings: Inventory and Recommendations

  • Introduction
  • Old Park Road
  • Bathurst Street

File G

  • Avenue Road
  • Oriole Parkway

File H

  • Lascelles Boulevard
  • Moore Avenue
  • Mount Pleasant Road

File I

  • 9 - General Recommendations
  • 10 - Ecological Inventory And Recommendations
  • 11 - Prioritization and Costing
  • 12 - Conclusion and Next Steps

File J

  • Appendix A: Stakeholder Map
  • Appendix B: Meeting Summary Reports
  • Appendix C: Cost Estimates

File K

  • Appendix D: Ecological Inventory And Recommendations (Supplementary Maps/Data)
  • Appendix E: Glossary Of Terms And References