Toronto’s Top Scenic Running Trails

Whether you prefer wild, natural trails or more sedate urban runs, Toronto has you covered
Whether you prefer wild, natural trails or more sedate urban runs, Toronto has you covered | © Jonathan ORourke / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Dominic Smith
15 September 2020

Toronto is an undeniably complex and varied city, a place full of life and noise. With so much going on all the time, it is important to have your own form of escapism from time to time, and for many people, that comes in the form of strapping on their running shoes and hitting the pavement. Here are some of the best scenic trails the city offers.

Don River Trail

Hiking Trail
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Following the course of the Don River through the city, the Don River Trail is a popular route with runners and cyclists. The trail is asphalt: a great option when you’re first starting out or recovering from injury as it lessens the likelihood of twisted ankles. There are beautiful sites along the entire 13.8-kilometre trail, including the Bloor St Viaduct.

Taylor Creek Trail

Hiking Trail
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Shorter than the first two trails on this list, the Taylor Creek Trail is approximately 3.5 kilometres and follows a single fork on the Don River. Flanked on both sides by mature woodland, the surface of the trail is a mix of compacted soil and asphalt. This is a great option for any pre-work runners, whether you are tying up your laces for the first time or a seasoned pavement pounder.

Tommy Thompson Park

Park, Natural Feature
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Skyline from Tommy Thompson Park Toronto Ontario Canada
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The park’s tagline, Toronto’s Urban Wilderness, is extremely apt. With the lake breeze to keep you cool, and over 23 kilometres of trails, it really is a runner’s haven. There are three primary trails which interlock with one another, meaning that you never have to do the same run twice. The only constant is the spectacular views of the lake.

Martin Goodman Trail

Bridge, Park
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The Martin Goodman Trail actually passes the entrance to Tommy Thompson Park and offers the same cool lake breeze that any summer runner knows is an absolute essential. The trail stretches 56 kilometres east to west, from the Humber Bay Arch Bridge to the Rouge River – but since that’s a really long way, we recommend tackling the popular 5km stretch which runs through the beaches.

High Park

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A trail and autumn colours in High Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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With its ample green space, zoo and dog park, High Park is unsurprisingly one of Toronto’s hot spots. A full loop of the park is approximately 5km and allows you to take in views of the gardens and even a few waterfalls. Not the quietest running spot on the list, but its popularity isn’t without reason.
These recommendations were updated on September 15, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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