Na­ture

Five lesser-known but must-see spots to Feed your head with the nat­u­ral out­doors this sum­mer.

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Soothe your soul at th­ese se­cret spots

Colonel Sam Smith Park (3145 Lake Shore West)

Where Tucked in the wilds of Mim­ico. Why The bird life, marshes and beaver dams. It’s the west end’s Leslie Spit, only with taller grass and nicer rocky beaches. Get­ting there 501 Queen street­car.

Glen Ste­wart Ravine (along Glen Manor be­tween Queen East and Kingston Road)

Where Land­scapes gem hid­den in the Beaches. Why Ames Creek, Carolinian for­est, el­e­vated board­walk. Get­ting there 501 east­bound street­car if you’re en­ter­ing ravine from the Queen; 503 if you’re en­ter­ing from t Kingston he north.

Sher­wood Park (190 Sher­wood)

Where Lost in the steep slopes be­tween Bayview and Mount Pleas­ant in mid­town Toronto, through which Burke Brook once flowed. Why Tall stands of rare old- growth trees, among the finest in the city. Get­ting there 103 Mount Pleas­ant bus.

Top­cliff Park ( 75 Top­cliff)

Where Un­likely sanc­tu­ary be­hind Jane Finch Mall. Why Pic­turesque creek, firepit, chil­dren’s play­ground. And a chance to glimpse a rarely seen side of the too- of­ten ma­ligned Jane-Finch neigh­bour­hood. Get­ting there Use the ac­cess pre­ferred by lo­cals: the trail be­hind York Woods Li­brary (1785 Finch West). Where East­ern Don Park­lands north of York Mills be­tween Leslie and Don Mills. Why Some of the steep­est and most dra­matic sec­tions of the up­per Don wa­ter­shed; Tu­dorstyle farm­house that used to form part of the Dun­can fam­ily es­tate’s dairy farm. Get­ting there The scenic route: Betty Suther­land Trail off Dun­can Mill Road.

Moat­field Park Farm (300 Lesmill)

Glen Ste­wart Ravine

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