It’s mid October and I am trying to get in as many fall colour walks as I can before the leaves fall to the ground. One trail I was eager to try was the Taylor Creek Trail since it’s very close to where I live. This hiking trail runs from Dawes Road over to Coxwell Avenue, parallel to Cosburn Avenue. The trail then hooks into the Lower Don Trail.
I checked it out last week and then again this week. I’ve posted photos of this week’s visit where I would estimate the fall colour has turned about 30%.
I arrived at the trail around 12 noon this past Wednesday and there were several other people walking, running or cycling, although it was certainly not what I would call “crowded”. There were just enough people to make you feel that you weren’t alone.
There is a parking lot at the Dawes Road entrance and there were plenty of spots available when I arrived. You can also pick up the trail at entrances from Stan Wadlow Park at Haldon Avenue, Lumsden Avenue (at Barrington Avenue) and Halsey Avenue.
As you’ll see from the photo above, some of the leaves have turned colour, but they haven’t reached 50% yet. I think the leaves will be at peak during the last week of October.
There are a few staircases along the trail in case you want to get your steps in. I like to power walk from the Dawes Road entrance all the way over to Woodbine Bridge. Then I take a more leisurely pace returning back to Dawes Road, during which time I stop and take photos and video. The walking route I follow takes me about an hour, which is great exercise!
Because the trail winds along Taylor Creek, it’s calming to listen to the water flowing and you can also spot several bird species close to the river.
Sometimes a scene will just hit me and I’ll have to stop and take a pic. That was the case with the photo above.
I thought this bridge was the perfect spot to snap a photo. Good thing I brought my tripod to take a selfie!
Here is another angle of that bridge. This scene will be in glorious colour in about a week.
If you enter the trail from Haldon Avenue, there is a marsh just to the east along the Taylor Creek Trail. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw a Great Blue Heron sitting in the middle of the marsh, preening himself.
I thought this would be a nice place to sit down and take a break.
Update: Below is a pic of the fall colour from this week (October 24, 2023). As you can see, the fall colour is about 50% turned in places.
I hope you enjoyed this walk along Taylor Creek Trail in Toronto. What are some of your favourite hiking trails?
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