The four-season Valley Land Trail connects our campus to the beauty of the Highland Creek Valley in a winding, accessible trail featuring a wheelchair charging station, lookout points and lighting. At 500-metres long, the trail descends a 19-metre slope at no more than a 5% grade, ensuring that as many people as possible can access the beautiful natural features of the Highland Creek Valley—as well as our tennis courts, U of T Varsity Blues baseball diamond, and playing fields for soccer, rugby and cricket.
- A charging station for motorized accessibility devices.
- Multiple raised lookout points with accessible seating.
- Over 300 LED lights built in to the handrails for evening strolls.
- Emergency alert station, connecting directly to Campus Community Police.
- Intimate amphitheatre seating built into the hillside at the trailhead, creating a natural space for outdoor lectures and class activities.
- Edible, native plants along the path such as raspberries and strawberries.
- Many types of birds and animals can be spotted from the trail, including white-tailed deer, red fox, chipmunks, groundhogs and squirrels.
- Coming soon: information displays throughout the trail highlighting different types of plants, animals and fish.
How to find the trail
Driving from Highway 401:
- Exit 401 at Morningside Avenue
- Proceed south on Morningside and turn left at Military Trail
- Continue along Military Trail, pass Ellesmere Rd, pass the drop-off entrance and bus loop entrance, and turn right into “Parking Lot A” (pay & display parking)
- From parking lot A, walk west towards the MW Building on Beechgrove Drive. Pass the MW Building, and walk north along the edge of the forest, around the end of the Humanities Wing.