Cedarvale Ravine and the Beltline Trail

This route offers walkers a chance to see a little nature in the very heart of the city. As well, the walk is a chance to discover some of the city’s modern history, passing as it does through the stately neighbourhood of Forest Hill and along the route of the Beltline Railway, a commuter rail line built in the 1800s partly to serve this new northern suburb of the growing city to the south.

The Beltline was built in 1891 by a group of real-estate developers who felt a railway loop running from downtown up through the newly developed suburbs of Moore Park and Forest Hill could only add to the attractiveness of their real estate. The overambitious developers quickly went bankrupt, however, and the line was actually finished by the Grand Trunk Railway, which operated it as a passenger service for the next two years. Parts of the line survived as a freight service until the 1950s, while other parts were quickly gobbled up by development. What remains of the line has now been turned into a multipurpose rail-trail by the city of Toronto.

Directions: The walk starts from the Rosedale subway station and ends at the Davisville station. En route, it passes both the St. Clair Avenue West and Eglinton West station. 

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TRAIL STATS
LENGTH:
7 km 
DIFFICULTY: •• 
ACTIVITIES:
Hiking & Walking, Snowshoeing & Backcountry 
CHARACTER:
Rail Trail, Urban 
SURFACE:
Asphalt, Gravel 
AMENITIES:
Parking 
OTHER:
Complete Wheelchair Access 
LOCATION
REGION:
Greater Toronto Area 
SUB-REGION:
City of Toronto 
CLOSEST TOWN(S):
Toronto 
GPS:
Latitude 43.66998
Longitude -79.36094
See Map 
SEASONS / HOURS
Year-round 
CONTACT INFO
NAME:
Parks, Forestry and Recreation 
PHONE:
416-338-5058 
EMAIL: Email Us Now  
WEB SITE
For more information, including maps, please visit our Web site at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/
 
 
 

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