Besides being a bustling metropolis, Toronto offers many charming ravine trails to its residents. Some of these concealed greenspaces are remarkably quiet and peaceful given their proximity to downtown. Explore some of our favourite Toronto ravine trails with our list!
Tucked away in midtown Toronto, the Cedarvale Ravine is a little oasis in the city. Greenery surrounds this peaceful path which is protected from noise due to it being lower than the surrounding area. Both cyclists and pedestrians can enjoy Cedarvale, which is less trafficked than other Toronto ravine trails on our lists. Those looking to make a workout of it can climb the steps to Glen Cedar Bridge and enjoy the sunset views. Notably, an off-leash dog park is at one end of the path if you want to bring along your pet.
Containing notable Toronto landmarks such as the Rosehill Reservoir and Yellow Creek, David A Balfour Park covers over 20.5 hectares of the city. Just a five minute walk from St Clair station, this park has recently seen the city invest nearly 4 million dollars in landscaping. The re-design promises to include more trees and gardens. Walk the David A Balfour loop, which winds through the ravine below, for a relaxing weekend hike.
Starting at Yonge and St Clair, Rosedale Ravine Trail winds through Mount Pleasant Cemetery (a greenspace worth exploring in itself), and continues north to connect with the Belt Line trail. This path is a loop, which makes it especially convenient for hiking or cycling. Make sure to look out for the trees, since some in this area are more than 150 years old!
Straddling the Don River in Leaside, this hidden gem of a park is a perfect weekend escape. Look for the bridge over the river near Eglington and Bayview, and you’ll be at one of the trail’s entrances. The winding trails and picturesque views of downtown make this an especially great location for mountain biking.
If you are looking to get away from the busy downtown area of Toronto, these ravine trails represent a perfect opportunity. Whether it’s for a quick detour after work or an extended weekend exploration, these greenspaces are sure to delight. Thanks for reading and don’t forget to follow the Medallion blog.