Morningside Park Trail

The park is named after Morningside Avenue, a reference to its eastern location in the City of Scarborough. "Morningside" usually refers to the sunrise side of an area. The valley of the Highland Creek was at one point inhabited. A housing shortage after World War II resulted in many small cottages being converted into year-round residences, especially in the "Willows" area (immediately north-east of Lawrence Avenue and Orton Park Road) and elsewhere in the Highland Creek Valley below Highway 401. Large numbers of settlers greatly intensified problems in an area not well suited for year-round habitation. Contaminated wells, evictions, and home demolition were contentious issues in the post-war period.

The steep slopes and flat floodplain of the creek valley further complicated living conditions in the area as residents and their cottages were regularly threatened by flash flooding. The severe damage from Hurricane Hazel in 1954 strengthened the demand for public ownership of floodplain land to prevent further development. With information from the City of Toronto website.

Directions:Vehicles can enter the park from Morningside Avenue between Kingston Road and Ellesmere Road. Public transit includes the Eglinton East 34B and York Mills 95C buses. Additional pedestrian access points are available at Lawrence Avenue East, opposite Overture Road, and Ellesmere Road behind Centenary Hospital.
 

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TRAIL STATS
LENGTH:
3 km 
DIFFICULTY: •• 
ACTIVITIES:
Hiking & Walking, Running, Cycling - Roads & Paths, Snowshoeing & Backcountry 
CHARACTER:
Urban 
SURFACE:
Asphalt 
AMENITIES:
Parking, Picnic Areas, Washrooms, Designated Rest Areas 
OTHER:
Complete wheelchair access, In-line Skating 
LOCATION
REGION:
Greater Toronto Area 
SUB-REGION:
City of Toronto 
CLOSEST TOWN(S):
Toronto 
GPS:
Latitude 43.77929
Longitude -79.19564
See Map 
SEASONS / HOURS
Year-round 
CONTACT INFO
NAME:
Parks, Forestry and Recreation 
PHONE:
416-338-5058 
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WEB SITE
For more information, including maps, please visit our Web site at www.toronto.ca/parks/trails/index.htm
 
 
 

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