You walked to work today with your scarf around your neck, your favourite sweater on, and a pumpkin spice latte in your hand.
Autumn has officially arrived.
The city is covered in changing leaves, but it’s not so cold yet that you can’t bear to spend time outside. This means it’s the perfect time to discover some of Toronto’s most breathtaking walking trails.
Yes, it’s the most obvious choice – but no matter what season it is, it’s always a good time to visit High Park. Visiting in fall means it’ll be slightly less crowded, the leaves will have turned their perfect shades of yellow, red, and orange, and the ravine and pond walks will make you forget you’re even in the city.
If you’re looking for a walking path that promises spectacular views, Scarborough Bluffs is the place you should be headed. The trail walks aren’t overly challenging for a beginner, and the cliff will give you the greatest view of Lake Ontario you’ll find within the GTA.
The Broadview Avenue skyline walk is one of the best views of the city we have at our disposal. With Riverdale Park sitting between the Don Valley and the Financial District, this will always be the winner when you’re more interested in skylines than trees.
The Old Mill and marshes along the Humber River walking paths had a big hand in building up Toronto into what it is today. Take your time discovering the various wildlife and heritage sites along the 7.3 kilometres of trail.
Travel the Moore Park Ravine to get to and from Evergreen Brickworks and you won’t be disappointed. The tree canopy that envelopes the trail is one of the most breathtaking sights you can see in autumn.
If you’re looking for a simple, family friendly hike, hit up the Beltline and Cedervale Ravine. You’ll see one of Toronto’s fanciest neighbourhoods (Forest Hill) while enjoying the interesting art that can be found along the path.
Full of gorgeous walking paths, each of the Toronto Islands has their own character and charm, so pick any ferry over and enjoy the beauty of the Islands now that they’re no longer crowded with beach bums.
Leslie Street Spit
You just need to make it to the lighthouse at the end of the Leslie Street Spit Trail for one of the best views of the city you’ll ever see. If you didn’t have the chance over the summer, put it on your fall season priority list, before it gets too cold to be near the lake.
Don Valley Trails
These epic 32-kilometre trails run parallel to city, but once you’re in them, you feel like you’re anywhere but Toronto. Starting at Oak Ridges Moraine, they reach all the way down to Lake Ontario, so you have unlimited options if you’re looking for a great place to get lost for an afternoon.
Title photo courtesy of Bensonkua