Showing posts from January, 2020

The Beaches

A Dog-Friendly Playground on the Beach I like to call the Toronto Beaches "the happiest place on the planet." Dogs and beaches naturally go together. If you start at the R. C. Harris Water Treatment Plant (2701 Queen St E, Scarborough, ON M4E 1H4), you will find yourself in an off-leash park called Nursewood Dog Park. Dogs can run free, make friends, and cool off in the water when they need to. The Beaches get really busy in the summer, so it's best to go early in the morning. You can usually find short-term free parking on the residential streets. I've been told that parking is also available at the treatment plant on weekends. There are a few Green P parking lots near Queen Street, so that's an option as well. Map of 5 km Loop My typical route is a 5 km loop that begins on the Neville Park Blvd. The street is a dead-end with a staircase to the beach. Instantly your dog will make new friends, and you'll see why this place makes

Brookbanks Park

Forest in Parkwoods for Dog Lovers Brookbanks Park is a large ravine park in Don Mills with Deerlick Creek running through. Brookbanks Park is near the intersection of York Mills Road and Fenside Drive. Many people know the intersection because of the Fenside Arena, but if you don't, the intersection is between the DVP and Victoria Park, just south of York Mills Road. Map of 4 km Loop There are many entry points, but to make it easy, I'm going to use Tim Horton's (1277 York Mills Rd Unit E5) as the starting point. From this starting point, you can choose the length of many satisfying loops. The map shows a 4 km loop on mostly paved trails: From Tim Horton's walk south on Fenside Drive, cross the street at the Brookbanks Library (210 Brookbanks Dr) and follow the paved path into the valley. Follow the trail to the bridge and continue along the creek. You'll pass a construction site that will one day be a new condo and a chil