If you’re a fitness enthusiast in search of a rewarding adventure, or simply someone who is an avid admirer of nature, hiking through Scarborough’s stunning trails is the perfect way to immerse yourself in nature’s splendour. Considering how gorgeous fall is in Scarborough, it’s the ideal time to step outside, breathe in the fresh air, and indulge in the beauty that surrounds us. So, as the temperature cools down and the leaves change their colours, let’s explore some of the most captivating hiking and running trails less than a 20-minute drive away from Cowdray Court, in Scarborough.
Colonel Danforth Park
Nestled in the Eastern part of Toronto, Colonel Danforth Park offers a serene natural setting in the midst of a bustling city. This park has a number of trails and a winding creek that follows along the major trail. Other than a few people enjoying a barbecue or a picnic, you will find this park to be quiet making it perfect for an escape from the city. They also have an off-leash area for your furry friends, which the city is planning to expand this Fall!
East Point Park
Another gem in the East end, East Point Park, is one of Ontario’s largest parks offering dynamic views. As you make your way through the trails, you can also enjoy the breathtaking views of Lake Ontario as well as the bluffs, beaches, forests, and meadows. Because of its diverse landscape, the park is home to monarch butterflies and over 178 species of birds. As such, it’s one of the most popular and surreal spots to watch wildlife. If you’re someone who likes to get competitive, they also have a softball pavilion within the park!
Valley Land Trail
Valley Land Trail is relatively new as it just opened in 2019. This state-of-the-art trail is a part of the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus and connects the campus to Highland Creek Valley. What sets this trail apart from others is the fact that it was designed keeping universal accessibility in mind. This trail is built with elevated bridge-like pathways to ensure that people of all ages and abilities can walk and revel in the stunning scenery. The towering trees create a gorgeous canopy over parts of the trail. However, biking, skateboarding, and rollerblading aren’t allowed on the trail to ensure the safety and maintenance of this unique trail.
Rouge National Urban Park
Just a 15-minute drive away from Cowdray Court lies the expansive Rouge National Urban Park, a hidden gem in the heart of the city. One of the standout trails here is the Finch Meander Trailhead, which gracefully follows along the Rouge River making your hiking view nothing short of spectacular. While it starts out mostly flat, there is a steep hike so it’s perfect for those who like a challenge. You can also catch a view of Lake Ontario, as you make your way through this trail. Conveniently located near the Toronto Zoo, it offers the perfect opportunity for a full day’s adventure!
Moccasin Trail Park
This expansive 15-hectare park is brimming with trails that go through a naturalized ravine forest and tunnels adorned with colourful public art. One of the significant public attractions at this park is the rainbow tunnel which has vibrant mural art installations inside the tunnel as well. Back in 2012, the city decided to hire mural artists to restore public art and as a result, this park has become really popular among the crowds. This park is also well known for bird and deer watching, so be sure to slow down and admire the beauty of nature surrounding you.
The beauty of nature is an experience to cherish, and we hope you make lasting memories exploring these green spaces. Register now to make Cowdray Court in Scarborough your new neighbourhood.