With the weather warming up, getting outside is more important (and exciting) now than ever. While Toronto may seem like a concrete jungle, the city is home to more majestic nature areas and scenic trails than you might think. If you’re looking for the perfect COVID-safe weekend activity, grab your bike, your dog, or just your own two feet and visit one of these beautiful bike trails.
Martin Goodman Trail
The Martin Goodman Trail stretches more than 30 kilometres long across Toronto’s waterfront. Don’t miss a photo op on the iconic Humber Bay Arch Bridge or at Ashbridge’s Bay Park.
Great Lakes Waterfront Trail
Spanning more than 3,600 kilometres from Sault Ste. Marie all the way to Quebec, this trail runs straight through Toronto from Etobicoke in the west to Scarborough in the east. With beautiful views of Lake Ontario and plenty of open space for a picnic, don’t forget to bring a blanket and a few snacks along with you.
Humber River Recreational Trail
Totalling just over eight kilometres in length, this trail is ideal for an early morning walk or a quick afternoon cycle. Keep an eye out for wildlife and the quaint Old Mill bridge, which makes for a great Instagram capture.
Tommy Thompson Park Waterfront Trail
Located in the east end of Toronto on Leslie Street, the Tommy Thompson Park Waterfront Trail features about 10 kilometres of bike trails perfect for walking, jogging or cycling. The park is especially beloved by birdwatchers — 10 species of owls have been noted in the park — so be sure to bring your binoculars along.
Located in the Moore Park ravine, the Beltline Trail provides nine kilometres of scenic cycling space for North Toronto residents. Connecting five different Toronto neighbourhoods, the trail is built on a former rail bed, making it ideal for moody photo shoots or romantic moments.
If you’re looking for a great place to hike in the city, check out this list of the five most scenic hikes.