Trails & Nature

Natural Environment Trails Program

Natural Surface Trail in Crothers Woods

As the City of Toronto grows and our population increases, the pressure on natural areas from recreational use intensifies. Toronto’s natural surface trail network is a popular destination for mountain bikers, hikers, runners, dog-walkers, school and camp groups, nature enthusiasts, and other users.

In addition to formal recreation trails, there are also informal natural surface trails and paths found in Toronto’s ravines and natural areas. Created over the past several decades by frequent users, these natural trails require rehabilitation to limit effects of erosion and other detrimental impacts on the nearby areas. The City of Toronto has taken action by implementing the Natural Environment Trails Program, with the objective to protect and restore the recreational nature trails and the woodlands, meadows and wetlands surrounding them. We also aim to engage and partner with community groups and organizations interested in trail sustainability and natural environment protection.

Help us reduce the wear and tear of our trails by following these helpful tips.

You can also join other trail enthusiasts for ongoing work on the trails, including:

  • Re-routing trails away from unsafe and eroded areas
  • Rock armouring over exposed tree roots
  • Building safe and sustainable water crossings
  • Installing interesting trail components
  • Planting native trees and shrubs
  • Closing trails for regeneration

For more information on trail work or to find out how to volunteer, please contact 311 or email

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