The Black Creek Valley is a good example of an urban green space transformed. Through the hard work of community members, led by the Black Creek Conservation Project, the valley has been changed from sterile, groomed parkland into a more natural state of wildness, if not exactly wilderness. Start your walk from the visitor parking lot at Black Creek Pioneer Village by heading down the delivery vehicle access road that leads into the valley from the road down to the valley and start walking south.
Don’t feel you have to stick to the paved path; there are often more interesting sights to be seen if you walk on the turf closer to the naturalized areas. The path at times draws away from the creek, so you might want to take the occasional side trail back toward the banks, being careful not to step on any of the silver maple, cedar, red oak or dogwood seedlings that have been planted amongst the tall grasses and along the stream banks. Facilities such as barbecues, picnic tables and washrooms are found at the south end of Northwood Park. From here, walkers can continue out to Sheppard Avenue and then make their way back to the starting point.
Directions: You may take the Jane 35B bus, this will take you to the Black Creek Pioneer Village where this walk begins. From the end of the walk, you can take the Sheppard West 84 bus back to Jane St. By car, take Jane north from Finch until you see the signs for Black Creek Pioneer Village. Turn right on Shoreham Drive and park in the lot at the village.
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