Although you can begin the Garrison Creek Discovery Walk at any point along the route, a good starting point is Christie Pits Park, across the street from the Christie Subway Station. The route leads you along the now-buried Garrison Creek valley from the park down to Lake Ontario. You’ll visit other parks including Trinity Bellwoods and one of Toronto’s premier historical sites, Fort York.

Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe founded modern urban Toronto (i.e. Town of York), when he established Fort York in 1793. At that time, Garrison Creek flowed in a large deep ravine with several tributaries, from north of St. Clair Avenue to Lake Ontario. The creek had sparkling clear water and was famous for its salmon fishing. The British built Fort York at the mouth of the creek to guard against possible American attempts to invade Canada.

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Garrison Creek Discovery Walk characteristics

Length: 2.5 km
Difficulty: Easy (Trail classifications)
Trail surface: Paved
Trail use: Hiking
Wheelchair accessible
Accessibility Notes: wheelchair accessible
Fees: None

Flora & Fauna:

Not reported yet.

Amenities: None

Attractions: None

Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation 416-338-5058

Find it: Begins at Christie Pits Park across from Christie subway station,Bloor St W, Toronto.

GPS Coordinates (main trailhead):
Latitude: 43.6632110
Longitude: -79.4202630