Colonel Danforth Park to Old Kingston Road
Discovering this trail was one of the highlights of my summer. Lucy loved playing in the river and I had many opportunities to photograph wildlife. I met friendly people on every visit. I plan to visit more often and highly recommend it to anyone wanting to explore nature within the city.
This hike is really straight forward. You can park at either end of the trail: The Colonel Danforth Dog Park (on the west end) or the Colonel Danforth Park (on the east end). My map shows the route starting at the dog park. The distance is 2.5 km each way.
After parking at the Colonel Danforth Dog Park, cross Old Kingston Road and turn left to cross the bridge. The trail head begins immediately after crossing the bridge.
A paved path follows the river and attracts cyclists and joggers.
I walk on the unpaved trail beside the river, which allows me to see more wildlife and hidden treasure. It also allows me to leave Lucy off-leash for most of the walk.
We sat on the riverbank and watched a Cooper's Hawk who watched us right back. I stayed there until he flew away.
Banded King Fishers love this river. I've seen one on every walk I've taken along this river. They are hard to photograph, so often, you see a flash of blue that might be mistaken for a Blue Jay.
This is the fourth blog entry to document the trails along Highland Creek, including:
If you were to park at either end and walk with purpose, you'd only travel about 5.5 km each way. So, it's a doable walk for many people. When the weather cools down a few degrees, I plan to try the entire hike.
The river is shallow, so dogs of all size can enjoy getting wet.
Painted rocks became an everyday sight on many trails after the Covid-19 Lockdown. We saw plenty of painted rocks on this hike, but only on the shores of the river.
Graffiti on the bridge shows three faces that perhaps reflect the diversity of the area.
We spotted an entrance to a tunnel in the creek. Camouflaged as a rock, I thought this was a creative way to hide the access in plain sight.
The biggest surprise was finding a picnic table on the river bank. A party of six would be comfortable having a meal here!
Colonel Danforth Park
There are picnic areas on both sides of this hike. A washroom can be found on the eastern side of the walk, in Colonel Danforth Park.
Enjoy your hike! When you post photos to Instagram, tag us at @hikingtoronto or #hikingtorontowithlucy.