It seems that city hiking trails have some of the most confusing references. Yesterday I was on the Gatineau Corridor trail, which is also part of the Pan Am Path, which is also part of the Great Trail. This week I head to the Etobicoke Creek trail, which is located in Brampton (NOT Etobicoke!).
This section is about midway through the entire thing. It runs from a greenspace behind the industrial buildings at First Gulf Blvd and Kennedy Road, up to Summer Valley where it crosses under Highway 410.
We began in Robert Reid Park and picked up the Etobicoke Creek Trail at Steeles and Highway 10.
This is one of the steepest pieces of this portion of the trail. It cuts between Steeles and the golf course, bringing you to the underpass to head north again.
There are almost always some ducks hanging around the river here. They were shy today and quickly left us while I tried not to fall on the ice and drop my camera.
There are also like a thousand squirrels. I need to remember to bring peanuts with me.
The portion of the Etobicoke Creek Trail travels through Kiwanis Memorial Park. As you would expect, there are a lot of memorial trees through here. You can read the plaques dedications at the base of each.
Now it’s time to cross the Etobicoke Creek itself and then you keep left and go under Highway 10. This brings you to Elgin Woods Park, another little green space along the trail.
I guess it’s a white space at this time. Oh well, farther up on the west side of Highway 10, as the trail continues to follow the meandering creek, you’ll come to Joyce Archdekin Park.
At this point, the trail crosses back under Highway 10 to the east side again. However, the bridge is currently under construction, so the trail is closed for safety. Take the side trail away from Etobicoke Creek and head to Highway 10 to cross at the lights. Then use the Metro parking lot to re-access the trail at Meadowland Park.
This is as far as we went, circling around Meadowland Park. Then we followed the Etobicoke Creek Trail back to my aunt’s house to decorate trees – Christmas trees!
64m elevation gain