A series of connected parks and trails provide for a run of nearly 15 km from the Botanical Gardens/Edwards Gardens in the north to the Lakeshore in the south. This route incorporates several parks and trails including the Wilket Creek Recreational Trail, the W Don Trail, and the Lower Don Trail. There are also connections to other trails and parks in the area. It’s a combination of parks, gardens, fields, wooded terrain, and some water views. The southern 10 km parallels the Don River & Don Valley Parkway. Pick a segment and go!
At the north end, start at the Edwards Gardens, which are part of the Toronto Botanical Gardens, and lovely for running. Continue south on the Wilket Creek Trail for 2.6 km through a series of parks — Sunnybrook Park, Wilket Park, and Serena Gundy Park — to Eglinton Ave. E (lots of additional side trails). Cross Eglinton to the Ontario Science Center, where there are more trails on the grounds through ET Seton Park, paralleling Don Mills Rd. Just south, in the Thorncliffe area, you’ll connect with the Lower Don Mills River trails in the Lower Don Parklands (see our route there). This trail is along the river and paralleling the Don Valley Pkwy. South of Bloor & Bayview (a major intersection, connections to the Beltline Trail & mid-town Toronto to the west), the Lower Don Trail continues to Lake Shore Blvd. There, connect to the Martin Goodman Trail or our Distillery route.
- Up to 14.6 km (9.1 miles) between Edwards Gardens & the Lakeshore. Numerous additional trails & spurs
- 108m feet (354 feet), north to south
- North End: Edwards Gardens; South End: Lake Shore Blvd. E
- Many access points and transit stations
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