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Warden Woods Trail


The thickly forested valley following Massey Creek east of Pharmacy Avenue to St. Clair Avenue is known as Warden Woods. It is believed the name, originally spelled Warden, referred to a warden for the Township of York who lived in the area. Although a surveyed road that separated lots 32 and 33 existed here before the 1840's, it was named considerably later. The 1910 Goad's Atlas records the road as Warden Avenue. The valley's contour has been shaped by the erosion of Massey Creek through the Halton glacial till plain (Toronto's last glacial deposit) and through several underlying glacial deposits.

The shoreline of glacial Lake Iroquois intersects Massey Creek near Byng Park. About 12,000 years ago, Massey Creek actually fed into a sheltered bay that had formed behind a large south-west projecting sand spit -- an early forerunner of the Toronto Island. Warden Woods was acquired from the Sisters of St. Joseph by the then Township of Scarborough in January 1959. Directions:Pedestrians and vehicles can enter Warden Woods from Pharmacy Avenue, north of Danforth Avenue. Public transit includes the Warden South 69, Gerrard 135, O'Connor 70, and Pharmacy 67 buses. Warden subway station is a five-minute walk from the park's north entrance (at the St. Clair Avenue East and Warden Avenue intersection.


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