Projects & Improvements

Toronto Parks and Trails Wayfinding Strategy

Toronto Parks Wayfinding LogoWhat is Wayfinding?

Wayfinding encompasses all the ways in which people understand their surroundings and navigate from place to place. Wayfinding is more than signs - it also includes names, landmarks, conventions, maps and new media.

What is the Toronto Parks & Trails Wayfinding Strategy?

The core objective of the Toronto Parks & Trails Wayfinding Strategy is to produce a signage and information system that is consistent, accessible and predictable. It is an opportunity to reduce visual clutter in parks, and encourage the use and discovery of parks and ravines by residents and visitors. It also aims to interpret and extend the strategy and principles of the Toronto 360 Wayfinding Strategy developed by the Public Realm Section of Transportation Services Division to address the unique needs of Toronto's park users. A coherent wayfinding system also aligns with the City of Toronto's Walking Strategy which "aims to create an environment where walking is an appealing, convenient, safe and stimulating experience for residents and visitors". 

The Toronto Parks & Trails Wayfinding Strategy was completed in two phases. The first phase of the project created the wayfinding system framework, and includes the system principles, general style and design guidelines, and an implementation strategy. Phase One was completed in December 2014. This framework provided the necessary tools and approach for Phase Two – design and pilot implementation. Phase Two began in January 2015, and signs were installed in September 2017, in a pilot area that includes the Lower Don Recreational Trail from Pottery Road to Lake Shore Blvd. E, and Riverdale Parks East and West. The City is now undertaking a comprehensive evaluation of the pilot project.

Park Sign Family Concept

We Would Like to Hear from You

Public engagement is an important part of this project. There are a number of opportunities to provide feedback during the evaluation phase of this project.

  1. In person: Visit us at Riverdale Park West
    • Saturday September 30, 2017
    • 10:00am - 1:00pm
  2. Online: Complete the survey, available until October 23, 2017

For more information, please contact:

Janette Harvey
Natural Environment Specialist
Urban Forestry, City of Toronto

Tel: 416-392-1339
Fax: 416-338-1069

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