Beechwood Drive, Bloor Street Viaduct, Cottonwood Flats, Crothers Woods Trail, dogs, East York, Lower Don Parklands, Lower Don River Trail, nature, O'Connor Drive, snow, Todmorden Mills, Toronto Parks
Today, my wife and I decided to get bundled up and go for a walk. The temperature was -6°C and with the wind chill it felt like -13°C. One of our favourite places to walk is the Lower Don River Trail which leads to a trail that loops around Crothers Woods. There are numerous access points to the trail, but we decided to travel to Beechwood Drive which runs north from O’Connor Drive. Beechwood ends at the bottom of the hill and we were surprised at the number of vehicles that were there today. Most of the people who drove brought their dogs, many of which were off-leash but very well-behaved. (Click on any photo to see a larger version.)
There had been a light dusting of snow overnight, but with the number of people and dogs that had already been out on the trails, the depth of snow did not pose a problem for a nice leisurely walk. Part of the reason for choosing this section of the valley was that it tends to be less windy in the valley and we certainly didn’t need the discomfort of a wind chill in our faces.
It has been a while since we visited this area and we were surprised with the work that was being done to preserve and protect the Cottonwood Flats.
We came upon two women who were out walking five large dogs, all of which were very friendly. A couple of the dogs were staked out at the bottom of a tree. They were just staring up at a lone squirrel in the tree.
This part of the path continues on towards Pottery Road and Todmorden Mills, and continues further south to way below the Bloor Street Viaduct and all the way to Lake Shore Boulevard:
We walked for just under an hour and covered 3.5 kilometres, which was enough for today.