The first official day of spring is this weekend and we’re celebrating by getting outside and exploring some spring hikes around Toronto. At these amazing trails, you’d hardly know Toronto is a concrete jungle! These gorgeous spring hikes make for an easy afternoon of connecting with nature.

Here are 10 spring hikes you can do right here in Toronto.

THE BELTLINE

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This 9 kilometre trail is so big it’s split into three sections: the York Beltline Trail west of Allen Rd, the Kay Gardner Beltline Park from Allen to Mount Pleasant, and the Ravine Beltline Trail through Moore Park Ravine. Whew, that’s quite the trek! Check out just one section or challenge yourself to the whole stretch.

Where: Beltline Trail, Toronto

CHARLES SAURIOL CONSERVATION AREA

You know that rainbow bridge you always pass on the DVP? This is the place where you can visit it in person. The trail is short and easy, but great if you’re just looking for a quick breath of fresh air. We recommend bringing a bike and upgrading your hike to a cycle session.

Where: 1191 Lawrence Ave E

THE DON RIVER VALLEY PARK

This all-encompassing park pretty much sums up all the trails in Toronto. This 200-hectare area spans the distance from Pottery Road all the way to the Corktown Common. Along the way, you’ll come across beautiful green spaces, public art, and all-around good vibes. Challenge yourself to the whole thing or take one hiking trail at a time.

Where: Check out the map here

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LESLIE STREET SPIT

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Walk along the water at the Leslie Street Spit this spring. The lakefront trail is perfect for exploring on foot or on bike. Plus, you’ll get a pretty cool angle looking into the city at the gorgeous skyline sights.

Where: 1 Leslie St

WEST TORONTO RAILPATH

This is definitely the most urban of the trails. You’ll actually know you’re in a city as you trek along this pathway. But who said that was a bad thing, right? The West Toronto Railpath is loaded with insane street art, that you can admire as you walk along the railway tracks. Plus, there are lots of little coffee shops and restos to stop at along the way.

Where: Check out the map here

HIGH PARK WEST RAVINES

Okay, now let’s dive back into nature. High Park is especially pretty this time of year because of their famous cherry blossoms. But even when peak bloom ends, this is a great spot for an outdoor jaunt and the ravine even has tons of wildlife to say high to. Plus, there’s even a dog off-leash area on site.

Where: 1873 Bloor St W

EVERGREEN BRICKWORKS

 

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Start at the weekend farmer’s market and make your way north at the Brickworks for a beautiful outdoor stroll. This pathway begins with the beautiful onsite pond and ends through trails of forestry. It’s definitely a hike you have to hit at least once in Toronto.

Where: 550 Bayview Ave

EDWARDS GARDEN TRAIL

On top of the beautiful botanical gardens at this North York spot, you’ve also got a hiking trail to explore. Okay, we use the term “hike” loosely here. But the pathway is definitely a great outdoor walk. This spot is perfect to hit for an easy-breezy outdoor excursion. Plus, if you go far enough it joins up with Sunnybrook Park! Two for one!

Where: 755 Lawrence Ave E

HUMBER RIVER RECREATION TRAIL

Folks in the west end can enjoy all this amazing spot has to offer. Stroll along the beautiful river and take in all the sights. This spring hike spans a whopping 8.2 kilometres.

Where: Check out the map here

BLUFFER’S PARK

 

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Last but not least, we’ve got a fabulous Scarborough spot. The Bluffs are an insane sight to see no matter what time of year it is, but as the weather warms they’re a must-visit. The waterside trail is great for stretching your legs. Plus, the views up top are unbeatable.

Where: 1 Brimley Rd S

So soak up the sun at all these gorgeous spring hikes around Toronto. We know we’ll be hitting one or two of them this weekend.