Brookbanks Park in Toronto comes with plenty of natural beauty and a rich history
Brookbanks Park connects a number of the surrounding neighbourhoods with its network of trails, stretching over 25 hectares of the Don Valley ravine just south of York Mills Road.
But the natural area used to serve another purpose. Although there are no signs throughout the area to outline its history, discoveries have been made to suggest that the ravine may have once served as a seasonal pottery production and firing campsite.
A Meadowood-cache blade dating from 1000 BC, Early Iroquoian pottery dating from 1000 AD, as well as the remnants of an open pit were all uncovered during archaeological digs by the Royal Ontario Museum back in the late 1980s and early 1990s.
Besides its rich past, the four-kilometre trail that runs through the park is surrounded by natural beauty. Set deep in a forest valley, the walkways in the area follow Deerlick Creek, a tributary to the East Don River.
According to the one informational plaque in the area, the waterway got its name due to the fact that deer were drawn to the mineral deposits in the valley. The trail continues to offer many access points to the river.
Once you hit Brookbanks Drive toward the southern end of the trail, you'll need to cross the street to continue your walk.
The river drains out on the other side and continues steadily southwards.
As the trail continues on, the paved route winds up high above the river while an adjacent dirt path on the other side of the river offers even more walking options.
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.
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