Leslie Street Spit Trail
The Leslie Street Spit is North America's most remarkable public urban wilderness. It is a 5-kilometre long peninsula, built by lakefilling, that juts into Lake Ontario close to downtown Toronto. Started 40 years ago, it was intended to be a breakwater for harbour expansion, which was not needed due to a decrease in lake shipping.
Now, the Spit - as it is lovingly called by the people of Toronto - has been transformed by nature into an extraordinary wildlife reserve, where humans can find a car-free refuge from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy a quiet time amid unmanicured vegetation. Close to 400 plant species have been identified on the Spit, many of which are nationally and provincially rare. They include Prickly Pear Cactus, Ladies' Tresses, Bog Twayblade, Asters, and numerous species of grasses. Information provided by the Friends of Leslie St. Spit website.
Have you traveled this trail? If you have any corrections or new information you'd like to send us, we'd love your input. Also, any photos or videos you may have taken of your adventures on this or any other trail are welcome as well. Be a part of our trail community!
COMMENT & SHARE
Use your Facebook account to comment on this trail and share your experiences below.
At the Ontario Trails Council, we do our best to ensure the accuracy and integrity of the information we provide on the site. Please remember however, that some of the information you'll find here has been provided by third parties; we can't take responsibility for that information or make any guarantees as to its quality or accuracy. It's also important to remember that while something you read here may have been correct at the time it was posted, Seasons change and the trails change with them! Contact the trail manager or local weather office when planning a trip to avoid surprises, like poor conditions or trail closures.
Please note that when you send us images, you give us the right to use them as we see fit, without limitation or compensation, to promote the Ontario Trails Council.
This site is supported by a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion Active 2010 Recreation Program, The Ministry of Natural Resources, The Ontario Trillium Foundation and trail users like you!
10 km to 15 km
Hiking & Walking, Running, Snowshoeing & Backcountry
Asphalt, Soil - Compacted
Complete Wheelchair Access
Greater Toronto Area
City of Toronto
|SEASONS / HOURS|
Weekends & Holidays: 9AM - 6PM
Parks, Forestry and Recreation
|EMAIL:||Email Us Now|
For more information, including maps, please visit our Web site at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/