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Western Ravines & Beaches


HIGH PARK Explore High Park, one of Toronto’s oldest and largest parks and one of the City’s most significant natural areas. The park has a wide variety of wildlife and vegetation, including Carolinian and mixed forests and oak savannah. This is also the site of the annual hawk fall migration watch, which attracts enthusiasts from all over North America.

GRENADIER POND Visit Toronto’s largest pond, Grenadier Pond, a popular fishing and skating destination. Fish species present include pike, bass, carp and pumpkin seed. Fishing is promoted on a catch and release basis and in accordance with provincial Ministry of Natural Resources regulations. Over 3,000 years ago, First People hunted waterfowl and collected wild rice from the pond. Nearby street names such as Indian Trail, Indian Road and Indian Grove reflect First People’s history in this area of Toronto. Farther west on this walk, you will also discover Catfish Pond (also known as West Pond) and its spring-fed marsh.

WESTERN BEACHES AND BOARDWALK Toronto’s newest boardwalk follows the Lake Ontario shoreline. Experience the everchanging lake from soothing surf to pounding breakers. From this beach boardwalk, you can walk in either direction and explore the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail System. The boardwalk recalls the early 1920s, when Toronto’s premier amusement park, Sunnyside Beach, stood along this shoreline. The Roman-style Sunnyside Bathing Pavilion, opened in 1922, is a remaining "Art Deco" architectural gem from this earlier era.

HUMBER RIVER BIKE/PEDESTRIAN BRIDGE This award-winning bridge incorporates design elements that reflect the spirituality of First Peoples. These people once used the Humber River and the Toronto Carrying- Place Trail as a trading route between Lake Simcoe and Lake Ontario. Look for the following symbolic design elements incorporated into the bridge: thunder-birds, turtles, snakes, timeless faces and river.


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