Below is a list of the top and leading trails in Toronto. To help you find the trails located near you in Toronto, we put together our list based on this rating points list.
Toronto’s Best Trails:
The top-rated trails in Toronto:
- Betty Sutherland Trail – a popular pastime in the park is bird watching.
- Toronto Beltline Trail – a linear park running about 8 miles through the northeast part of the city.
- Orchard Trail – the most diverse of the trails in Rouge Park.
- West Humber River Recreational Trail – primarily used for walking, running, bird watching, and road biking.
- Don River Valley Park – a 9.7-kilometer point-to-point trail.
Betty Sutherland Trail
The Betty Sutherland Trail meanders along with parts of the East Don River near Sheppard Avenue and Leslie Street. The trail is named after Betty Sutherland, a former member of City Council and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. She was devoted to the improvement of recreation facilities within Toronto. One of the popular past time in the park is bird watching. Visitors can stop by and take a stroll along the Don and see what a variety of wildlife are still found in the area. The park also has a lovely paved path for a peaceful walk or bike ride while the dirt trails connect to a more varied or more difficult ride.
Walking, Running, Biking, Bird Watching
Address: 250 Duncan Mill Rd, Toronto, ON
Phone: 416 338 4386
“It’s a great trail for cycling and long walks. A good place to enjoy a snack adjacent to a stream. The trail connect both the sides of the highway. A tennis court is available along with kids play area.” – Prasanna Venkatesh
Toronto Beltline Trail
The Toronto Beltline Trail is a linear park running about 8 miles through the northeast part of the city. It connects the neighborhoods of Rosedale, Moore Park, Forest Hill, Chaplin Estates, and Fairbank. It is built on a former rail bed with a trail that consists of three sections, the York Beltline Trail west of Allen Road, the Kay Gardner Beltline Park from the Allen to Mount Pleasant Road, and the Ravine Beltline Trail south of Mount Pleasant Cemetery through the Moore Park Ravine. The surface is a mix of terrain and is fairly flat with parks, woods, and ravines along the way. There are street crossings along the way and a few sections where one must leave the trail and run on the street to connect to the next section.
Address: Beltline Trail, Toronto, ON M4T 2A4
“A trail that spans from Allen Road to about Evergreen Brick works. A relatively easy trail go walk/bike although most parts are not paved and ample shade from trees in both sides of the road.” – Candy Chan
Third on the list is a classic Rouge Valley hike, the Orchard Trail. The trail features young forests mixed with wetlands and traces of early European settlement, including remnant orchards, residences, and an old mill. The trail can be accessed at two places, the north trailhead is located at the bottom of Zoo Road on the south side of the road and the south trailhead.
The Orchard Trail is the most diverse of the trails in Rouge Park. It will take you through the woods, along the Little Rouge Creek, up along the escarpment to enjoy the views, and through some wetlands. The Twyn Rivers parking lot is a great starting point in Rouge Park.
Moderate, Orchards, Wetlands
Address: Rouge National Urban Park, Toronto, ON M1B 5W8
“This trail is really scenic! Once you walk past the initial phase its way less crowded. We basically walked the entire thing without passing another human. Saw a deer which was exciting! Good balance of incline and decline.” – Naheeda S
West Humber River Recreational Trail
West Humber River Recreational Trail is fourth on the list and is a 19.0 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Vaughan. The trail features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, bird watching, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash.
West Humber Parkland is located in the east end of Rexdale near the Highway 401 and 400 interchange. It is the gateway to the extensive Humber Recreational Trail system travelling both east and west along the Humber River and its tributaries. West Humber has two playgrounds, five soccer fields, and an open space for picnics. Its trails are an excellent place to view wildlife and spot waterfowl. Across the street is Summerlea Park with a baseball diamond, wading pool, cricket pitch, more sports fields, playgrounds, and an outdoor skating rink.
Bike Trail, Outdoor Fitness Equipment, Playground, Pond, etc.
Address: Humber River Recreational Trail, Toronto, ON M9V 1H7
“It is a very long trail with humber river floating by one side. Plenty of space for recreational activities.” – Brijesh Patel
Don River Valley Park
Last trail on the list is the Don River Valley Park. The trails run alongside the river, connecting Toronto’s urban neighborhoods and their communities to valuable greenspace. Experience the art along the trip down the trail, or simply enjoy a moment along the river. The Park also improves the safety for Toronto’s cyclists and pedestrians, by providing access to the downtown through connections to other bike lanes, recreational trails, and parks.
Don River Trail is a 9.7-kilometer point-to-point trail that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, running, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on a leash. the trail has a well-maintained paved trail that is usually moderately busy and is great for biking, running or walking.
Beltline Trail, Bayview, Multi-use Trail, Don Valley Brick Works Park, Riverdale Park East, etc.
Address: Unnamed Road, Toronto, ON M2K 1E1
“Absolutely loved walking along the trail. I took many photos & a couple of videos. I’ll definitely be going there again, hopefully to get the chance to feed the ducks” – Leesa Soulja Gal