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