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Raymore Park Trail


Raymore Park is situated on land owned by the Scarlett family until the mid-1850's. John Scarlett, a prominent buinessman in the Westmount and Humbermount area, operated a distillery and number of mills. In 1857, local businessman Rowland Burr announced a prop=sal to build a canal four metres deep and thirty-seven metres wide, with sixty-four double locks, to link Lake Ontario and Georgian Bay through Lake Simcoe. The canal route followed the Humber River Valley and actually cut through Raymore Park. Costs were estimated to exceed $35 million.

Although the project was later advanced by various groups such as the Toronto and Georgian Bay Canal Company and the Georgian Bay Ship Canal and Power Aqueduct Company, it was never completed. In 1995, a new footbridge was constructed with support from the Province of Ontario, representing a substantial step towards the completion of the Humber Trail and greenway system. The Raymore Bridge helped realize Toronto's goal for a network of regional trails extending through the valleylands and along the waterfront, and further the MTRCA's ambitious plan for an uninterrupted trail through the Humber River watershed from Lake Ontario north to the Oak Ridges Moraine. 
 



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