We stumbled upon this trail on our way to Edward’s Gardens the other week. Feeling adventurous, we decided to abandon our original plan and check it out instead – heading south off Lawrence, just east of Leslie. It was obviously an old abandoned railway line, but that’s all I knew about it when we started down the path. The path runs behind a few blocks of Don Mills houses – but then gets a little wilder as it runs by a ravine, small trickling river, and the backs of some industrial buildings. If you don’t want me to spoil the ending, stop reading – but I confess it’s a little anticlimactic – after about 15 minutes of walking, you end up at an impasse – a chain link fence blocking off access any further south, because there are railway lines there.
I especially liked this walk (despite the alarming overgrowth of Dog Strangling Vine) because it is again one of those places in Don Mills that you find yourself in, that makes you feel like you’re in the country, when you’re in the middle of the city. Milkweed pods bursting open. birds chirping. Water gurgling. Good stuff.
A little googling after the adventure was over informed me we had actually been walking the ‘Leaside Spur Trail’ – and there are some plans afoot to link it up with more paths, so at the current terminus, you will be able to cross south over the railway and Eglinton – hooking up with yet more parks and paths.