Glendon Forest is a quiet and picturesque natural area in the middle of Toronto, located near York University’s Glendon College campus, making it the perfect spot for a bit of respite from the city.
A dirt pathway leads through the thick forest and deep into a ravine before meeting the West Don River.
The short loop trail, which stretches for about one kilometre, journeys closely to the winding river offering up a good amount of nature views along the way.
You can continue north to Edward Gardens, as well as southeast to the waterfront from here.
The tree-lined pathways are also especially beautiful after a fresh snowfall.
The breathtaking piece of land was actually cleared and used for farming between 1816 and 1920 before it was home to a quarry and a millionaire’s estate.
Today the pretty forest belongs to York University and is home to a surprising array of plants and wildlife.
There are nearly 40 species of rare flora and at least 100 species of fauna that call the forests, ravine slopes and wetlands home.
You might even notice the vibrant pops of colour along the hike with the bushes of wild berries that are mixed in with the towering trees.
Situated just east of Sunnybrook Hospital near Bayview Avenue and Lawrence Avenue, there’s a metered parking lot for those who are arriving by car.
If you’re coming by TTC, take bus 124 eastbound from Lawrence subway station, bus 11 eastbound from Davisville station and bus 11 southbound from Bayview station.
Make sure to respect the park during your visit by picking up your trash to leave the area just as beautiful as you found it.