This urban trail through a forest connects to the Highland Creek in Toronto
The winding Valley Land Trail descends a 19-metre slope before leading into the beautiful Highland Creek Valley in Toronto.
Located at the University of Toronto Scarborough campus, the 500-metre urban pathway winds through towering trees and gracefully descends the ravine slope.
You'll even come across a bit of artwork during the walk when you pass the interesting spiked structure that sits at the top of the trail closest to the campus buildings. It was created by Quebec sculpturist Louis Archambault.
You'll also find multiple lookout points with benches positioned along the paved walkway so that you can take in the views of the surrounding valley.
The four-season trail was built to be completely accessible and even comes with lit handrails to guide evening walkers.
With the trail located toward the main campus, there's a large parking lot situated nearby. If you're coming by TTC, you can take the 905 Eglinton East Express from Kennedy subway station.
The Valley Land Trail connects to the maintained walking paths in Colonel Danforth Park to the east and Morningside Park to the west.
You'll walk under a large overpass at Morningside Avenue as you head westward along the trail toward Morningside Park.
If you're careful, you can even easily maneuver your way down to the side of the creek to get a close-up view of a small waterfall that's located near the overpass.
Prepare for plenty of walking as Morningside Park is Toronto's largest municipal park by area. Spanning over 240 hectares of land, it's part of a continuous forested corridor along the lower reaches of the Highland Creek.
The creek, which runs alongside the trails in the area, is a good spot to watch the salmon run in the fall. There are plenty of forested spots near the water to sit down for a picnic during the warmer months.
There are also a number of powerful rapids to be found throughout the river that's continuously flowing toward Lake Ontario.
Despite its close proximity to the rest of the city, the park features a high degree of wilderness with wildlife, eroded cliffs and a forest of mature trees to line the trails.
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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