Botany Hill Dog Park to Morningside Park
New TrailsThe city is building new trails with bridges and paved paths in the section of Morningside Park below the Botany Hill Park. The trails are closed when active construction occurs, but the trails are safe to explore on weekends and evenings.
There are several parking lots in Morningside Park, but for this blog entry, I start the trail from Botany Hill Dog Park on Orton Park Road, where there is street parking.
Botany Hill Dog Park
The Botany Hill Dog in Scarborough has all the best features for an off-leash dog playground: shelters, benches, water bowls, grass, and shade trees in a large fenced area. There is free parking on Orton Park Road in front of the Botany Hill Park.
In September and October, this is a great place to see the salmon migration. We saw many dead salmon, so that means they've spawned and finished their life cycle. The salmon have travelled over 20 km up this meandering river to get to this endpoint from my calculations.
I like the colour and style of the new bridges being erected in Toronto parks. They blend in nicely with the surroundings, especially in autumn. These bridges are easy for dogs to walk over. Some bridges in Toronto have metal grids that are painful to dogs.
When we reached the Morningside West Parking Lot, washroom and picnic area, we were drawn to climb the steep hill instead of following the trail around it. Our efforts were rewarded with amazing views of the colourful trees in the park.