The Toronto Beltline Trail is a linear park running about 8 miles through the northeast part of the city, connecting the neighborhoods of Rosedale, Moore Park, Forest Hill, Chaplin Estates, and Fairbank. Built on a former rail bed, the trail consists of three sections, the York Beltline Trail west of Allen Road, the Kay Gardner Beltline Park from the Allen to Mount Pleasant Road, and the Ravine Beltline Trail south of Mount Pleasant Cemetery through the Moore Park Ravine. The surface is a mix of terrain and is fairly flat. There are parks, woods, and ravines along the way. There are street crossings along the way, and a few sections where one must leave the trail and run on the street to connect to the next section. Note the trail is not always well signed.
We have mapped out the Beltline trails in its three sections as a one way route. The most developed section is from Mt. Pleasant Cemetery west to the Allen expressway.
- York Beltline. Starts 1.8m west of Allen Rd. or Allen & Eglinton TTC stop. Leaves trail at Roselawn Ave.
- Kay Gardiner Beltline. Starts just north of Allen & Eglinton. Continues seamlessly for ~2.5 miles, crossing Yonge, along northern part of Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Ends at Mt. Pleasant Rd.
- Road connection. About 1/2 mile. South on Mt. Pleasant Rd., then left (east) on Moore Ave. to Moore Park Ravine. Connect to Beltline Trail.
- Beltline Trail. Here, the trail continues seamlessly ~2 miles southeast, to Evergreen Brickworks, intersecting with Bayview Ave near Bloor St. Here, you can connect to the Lower Don River trail. The trail then heads west for a wooded 1 mile, crossing Mt. Pleasant Rd., then curling north and paralleling Mt. Pleasant Rd. for another mile or so, through David Balfour Park, to the intersection with St. Claire Ave E. (St. Claire TTC stop).
The closest access point to the heart of downtown is about 2 miles north of City Hall, where the trail hits Mt. Pleasant Ave. From midtown Toronto, closest access is about 1/2 mile from the Yonge & Eglinton interection to the Kay Gardiner part of trail, near the Davisville TTC stop.
- 8 miles one way
- Just north of Eglinton and west of Dufferin, in York area. Or any point along trail