Humber River Trail - Etienne Brulé Park
The Humber River is 100 km long, so there are many hiking trails to explore.
The river connects to Lake Ontario in the south. See earlier blog entry, Sunnyside Beach, about a park to explore at the southern point of the Humber River.
Parking or Transit
This hike begins at the Etienne Brule Park, where there is free parking. For those who use transit, the nearest subway station is the Old Mill Station. You'll be following part of the Humber River Recreational Trail.
Starting at Etienne Brule Park, walk north on the paved path until you reach the footbridge over the Humber River. Turn back at this point for an 8.5 km hike.
Weir or Low Head Dams
Do you ever try to imagine what the world looked like to the first people to inhabit these lands? The Humber River was a significant waterway to the first people to inhabit the region. Read this description that I found on the toronto.ca website:
Etienne Brule park is a historically significant piece of land. It was named after Etienne Brule, the first French explorer to venture beyond the St. Lawrence River into Upper Canada (Ontario). The Humber River and its shores along Etienne Brule park were once used as a major trade route by the Aboriginal Peoples of the area. It is a beautiful park stretched out along the Humber River starting near the Old Mill and winding north to the bend in the River around the Baby Point neighbourhood.