Lush & lively
Get out and explore a beautiful nature-filled neighbourhood that boasts a historic ravine, rolling hills, meandering trails, and a modern multi-leisure-infused urban park that are all an extension of your backyard.
Discover a hidden enclave of nature tucked right into the heart of the city. The Cedarvale Ravine is part of the historic Belt Line Railway path – an old commuter railway that dates back to the 1880’s. Once home to the Castle Frank Brook, now a buried creek beneath a 7.2 km trail surrounded by dense wetlands and plant life enjoyed by walkers, cyclists, joggers, cross country skiers, and bird watchers. The trail also passes under a concrete and iron walkway at Glen Cedar Road, which was constructed in 1912 and restored in 1989. Head up the tall staircase to enjoy a gorgeous view overlooking the ravine, and if you want to continue your hike, the pathway also connects to the Beltline Trail to the north and the Nordheimer Ravine to the south.
Over the hills and meandering path, the ravine opens up to Cedarvale Park – a huge hub for outdoor fun. Plan a picnic, play date, and commune with Mother Nature with plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy. The park provides a cricket pitch field, sports fields, four outdoor tennis courts, splash pad, playground, outdoor rink, and steep hills excellent for tobogganing in the winter. There’s also a large, off-leash dog area for your best four-legged friend.
Be sure to check out the park’s newest addition, an environmental education program called Families In Nature. Located in the middle of the park in a meadow with a stream running through it, discover a wetland habitat where native flora and fauna can thrive. Educational interpretive signs installed along the footpath invite visitors to learn about the native trees, wildflowers, plants, birds, and animals which may be seen in this restored habitat.
The Beltline & future Green Line
Within close proximity to the Cedarvale Ravine, the Beltline trail is a picturesque, 9 km path that walkers, joggers and cyclists can traverse the city from west to east. Built on a former rail bed, you’ll cross scenic bridges and travel tree-lined paths through Rosedale, Forest Hill, Moore Park, and the Evergreen Brick Works. Plus you’ll only be minutes from the future Green Line, a new 5 km linear park system containing 45 parcels of parkland connecting midtown and west Toronto.
Joseph J. Piccininni Community Centre/Giovanni Caboto Rink, Pool & Tennis
Discover a community gathering place for fitness and recreation at the Joseph J. Piccininni Community Centre, complete with an indoor pool, soccer fields, and programs in arts, sports, and general interest classes. The facility is also home to The Giovanni Cabot outdoor pool, tennis courts, and during the winter, a huge skating rink.