The breathtaking Downsview Dells in Toronto follows a river past fire pits and marshland
Downsview Dells, just west of a much more frequented neighbouring park, leads through the Black Creek ravine where there are quiet trails surrounded by wide-open nature expanses and plenty of fire pits in a wetland setting.
Even if you don't plan on making the entire trek northwards, Downsview Dells would be a nice and secluded spot to spend an afternoon.
Grassy picnic areas with barbecues and fire pits sit right next to a large marsh, with the grounds of the Oakland Golf and Country Club bordering the west end.
The Black Creek that flows through the area winds in and out of little hills and valleys while on its way to Lambton Golf and Country Club where it'll empty into the Humber River.
During its journey down from Vaughan, the creek transforms from its natural state as seen in the forested ravine of the Dells to a concrete channel in the section southwest of Weston and Humber Boulevard North.
You'll be led through a number of other small parks including Northwood and Derrydowns as you follow the scenic paved trail that follows the Black Creek.
Cross the road at Sheppard to make your way to Northwood Park where yet another secluded fire pit sits. There's also a smaller fence-lined, tree-covered trail that branches off just east of the parking lot.
Continuing north will keep you on track toward Derrydowns, which is just across the street at Grandravine Drive. The rest of the walk offers up much of the same scenery as it follows the river and passes another fire pit, though the banks of the creek do become more dramatic as you journey on.
At the north end of the park, Finch Avenue separates it from the Black Creek Parkland where the paved trail continues all the way to the re-created pioneer village.
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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