Once in a while, a run outside of the city’s busy neighbourhoods is just what the doctor has ordered.
The city’s serenity is no secret, just steps from some of the biggest hoods, scenic trails and lake views await you. And for those just getting started, we have complied a list of easy city (and island) trails under 5km for you to check out this summer.
Length: 3.4 km
Mostly associated with fun times, food, and bike rides, Centre Island has an easy trail between Hanlan’s Point and Ward’s Island. Besides the water views and distance from the hustle and bustle of the city, you’ll also be able to possibly grab an ice-cream cone for the ferry ride back. Hey, you earned it.
Length: 2 km
Just off of Don Mills and Eglinton, the Earnest Thompson Seton Park Trail offers and urban trail combining asphalt and gravel surfaces. Part of the Don River, this trail is known for running, cycling, walking, and even horseback riding.
Length: 1.3 km
With the park hugging the shoreline of Lake Ontario just west of Exhibition Place, this trail is easily accessible by cyclists or public transit (Dufferin 29 bus or the King 504 streetcar). The waterfront park is about a 10 minute walk from the bus stop, but getting there is worth it. This asphalt trail is short and sweet. Do a few laps to work up a good sweat.
Length: 5 km
One of the city’s most loved and most used trails, High Park is centrally located at 1873 Bloor Street West. Spanning 161 hectares, High Park is a nature escape without leaving our beautiful city. Run among the wildlife and trees this summer, you’re guaranteed to be hooked.
Length: 1.4 km
In the city’s West End, this park trail is home to snowshoeing in the winter, and hiking and running during the summer. Located north of Scarlett Mills Park, and along the Humber River, this trail offers westenders a serene route in the city. A few loops should do the trick.
Length: 2.5 km
Back to the island, this time, on the west side. Hanlan’s Point has been a favourite spot for years. Having its own ferry, Hanlan’s Point is home to a popular clothing optional beach, and is frequented by many runners and cyclists who enjoy the reduced traffic on the west side of the island. The trail eventually leads to Centre Island.
Length: 0.7 km
For the lazy in all of us, the Serena Gundy Park Trail near the Ontario Science Centre in the north east end of the city offers a short urban trail. Less than a km, we can all do this. It’s a great place to time yourself too – compare a few different completions.
Length: 1.1 km
Another short west end trail, the South Humber Park Trail is an easy trail accessible by the 501 Queen Streetcar (to the Humber Loop). The lush forest will definitely help you forget where you are while running. If you’re looking for a nice, short, and simple trail, this is your answer.
Length: 300 m
This short trail is too historic and too central not to add. The gravel trail in Rosedale connects to the Don Valley trail network and the Don Valley Brick Works. If you plan on checking this trail out, plan to stick around and explore.
Length: 3 km
Ending our post in the east end, and Scarborough’s Morningside Park. Besides the beautiful scenery and all the changing leaves we get to look forward to in the fall, the Park is home to a short trail suitable for running and cycling. Make it a run spot before the summer’s end!