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Lower Don Parklands
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Phone: +1 (416) 596-1495
Address: 44 Beechwood Dr, Toronto, ON
Lower Don Parklands is a winding trail that has an elevation gain of 120 m. This riverside park is perfect for walking, cycling and running. Here you will find a 5 km trail that is perfect for all skill levels. You’ll find many leashed dogs out and about for their walks here as well. This flat paved trail is very popular among the locals so expect a crowd when you visit here. This is the perfect place for a nice nature getaway and enjoys some fresh air.
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Lower Don Parklands is located at 44 Beechwood Dr. If you’re driving, it’s easy to get here using Highway 401 and the Don Valley Parkway S. The TTC is another great option if you want to avoid dealing with the traffic. If you take the 81, the 100A or the 25B bus to Overlea Blvd, then you’re just a 14 min walk from the park. You can also take the 56 bus to Village Rd which is 8 min from the park.
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There are beautiful oak and maple trees in the area. Your hike will also lead you to bridges, wildflowers and more. This is a perfect place for a family outing, as it’s both kids and pet-friendly. Eventually, you’ll find a small bridge that’ll let you cross the Don River, but you can walk the trail alongside it instead. There are great viewpoints on certain parts of the trail for pictures as well, so be on the lookout.
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The Lower Don Parklands is the area from Taylor Creek to Lakeshore Boulevard and the trail follows the Don River. Many people choose to hike here because of the naturalized trail. You won’t get bored with the trails as there are over 10 different biking trails around, as well as 6 different ponds for a scenic view of wildlife in their natural habitats.
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This truly is a hidden gem of the city. Not only are the trails massive, but it is also a great place to visit during all times of the year. There are so many parks in the area, so if you’re looking for a quick rest from the trails, there is always something to do nearby. This is a great place to immerse yourself in nature without feeling like you’re in a city.