colonel danforth park

Colonel Danforth Park in Toronto comes with creek-side trails and plenty of wildlife

Colonel Danforth Park is home to nicely paved pathways around Highland Creek and a lush valley that’s occupied by large trees and wildlife.

colonel danforth park

Massive trees line the trails in the park. 

Sandwiched between Morningside Park and Lower Highland Creek Park, the tree-topped Colonel Danforth Park stretches from the University of Toronto Scarborough campus to Lawrence Avenue East.

colonel danforth park

Picnic areas and barbecues are throughout the park to be used in the warmer months. 

The Highland Creek Trail that leads through the park continues into Lower Highland Creek Park before extending all the way to Lake Ontario.

colonel danforth park

Rocky shorelines and lush foliage border the Highland Creek. 

The trail follows closely beside the Highland Creek the entire way before it flows into the Lake at the eastern end of the Scarborough Bluffs.

The presence of the creek made the park one of the first areas within Scarborough to be occupied by native settlers.

colonel danforth park

The Highland Creek watershed, including its tributaries, is almost entirely contained within Scarborough.

The area was home to a vast amount of farmland and homes before Hurricane Hazel destroyed many of the dwellings in 1954 and contributed to the flooding of the river.

colonel danforth park

There's also a number of access points down to the river along the trail. 

The surrounding lands have become developed once again, but the ravine manages to continue to be a shelter for plenty of wildlife.

The waterway is home to several species of fish including trout, carp, and bass, and is also a great spot to watch the salmon run in the fall when they’re swimming upstream to spawn.

colonel danforth park

A large bridge along the trail near Kingston Road provides a spot to take in views of the river.

You might also spot white-tailed deer or red foxes along the trail within the forested valley.

colonel danforth park

The trails throughout the park are nicely paved, making them accessible and useable for every level of hiker. 

Once you hit Lawrence Avenue, you’ll pass under a large overpass. You can head west to cut your hike short or continue on toward the Lake.

colonel danforth park

Lawrence Avenue passes overhead and a pathway gives access to exit or enter the trail at this point. 

Just south of the bridge, the overhead utility pipe that crosses over the path is a reminder of civilization that exists just outside the natural area. These pipes are usually chutes for telephone and fiber optics lines.

Make sure to respect the park during your visit by picking up your trash to leave the area just as beautiful as you found it. 

colonel danforth park

Photos by

Hector Vasquez

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