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Toronto Trails – Alex Muir Gardens to East Riverdale Park

Normally, I would have been away during this long weekend. That didn’t happen, because well you know why. It’s these times that have lead to other opportunities. One of these was finally being able to join a Meetup that hikes Toronto. Some of the paths we followed were familiar, but most were new. In total we covered 16 kilometres.

We began at Alex Muir Gardens, just south of Lawrence on Yonge. If you haven’t been through here, I highly suggest visiting. It’s lovely.


Walking through this park led to Blythwood Ravine, then to Sherwood Park and Sunnydene Park. We crossed Bayview over to Sunnybrook Park.  Somewhere around here, we gained a very nice, partially deaf 14 year old Golden Retriever named Tilley. Good news the owner found her dog at Serena Gundy Park. Most of the hike follows the Don River West Branch. Around ET Seaton Park, we came to the forks. This is where the west branch splits or merges from the Don River. We passed under the Millwood Bridge and continued on to Crothers Woods.


I should mention that the trails we took are narrow dirt trails and are shared with mountain bikers. Be sure to keep your eyes open.

Raccoon stencil

From here we followed the Lower Don Valley Trail past the Brick Works, passed the Duane Linklater Monsters for Beauty garden and then under the Prince Edward Viaduct (Bloor Danforth). Onwards we travelled until the pedestrian bridge and climbed up and over exiting Riverdale Park East. We walked up Broadview to Danforth and ended there.

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