You have probably noticed, we’re always up for a nature walk, especially if it’s right in the city. And it’s all about the mini trails with our little hikers. This Spring we did some exploring in Williamson Park Ravine in the Toronto’s east end thanks to a head’s up from a local dad. We followed him and his two girls in TOw down a few dozen steps for some mucking, stick gathering and bridge making along a path following Small’s Creek.
Getting there: There are two public entrances, one off of Gerrard Street at Beaton Ave and the other along Wembley Ave. Driving, lots of free residential parking. On TTC, the 506 Carlton streetcar stops along there.
Low-down: This is a short path, about 500m, along Small’s Creek. The path is walkable year-round, maintained in some areas. Leave your strollers at the top. If you have climbers, they’ll be in heaven.
More Ravine Wanderings: Toronto’s Lost Rivers has mapped streams and waterways buried by urban development and hosts free walking tours. More info via Toronto Green Community and more ravines to explore via Love The Ravines. This story provides some insight on Small’s Creek plus more summery views of Williamson Park Ravine.
In the hood: Fairmount Park is directly south with playgrounds and lots of open space next to the Fairmount Community Centre. (The community also builds an ice rink in the winter.) It’s also home to the Fairmount Park Farm Market. Lazy Daisy’s Café is walkable south along Coxwell on Gerrard St.