|Great terrain for biking, hiking and brisk walks|
The Kay Gardner Beltline Trail was discovered by us purely by chance, and not by choice as one would have it. It extends from Yonge at Davisville to Allen Road in the West end, covering about 4.5 kilometres. You will love this trail if you want to take it easy and go for a jog, a walk or bike ride as the terrain is flat with very few elevations. The surface itself looked to me like a mixture of packed soil which got me thinking of the historical aspect of it as it was carved through trees, was narrow and long and even. This must have been an important roadway or railway.
|Houses located just to the side of the path|
|A cool squirrel gives me the rock-on sign|
|Robins are everywhere now|
So how did the Toronto Beltline get its current name? Well, Kay Gardner and her husband moved to Toronto in 1961. She had worked tirelessly, first as a citizen volunteer, and then as a City Councillor. Not only was she an advocate for her community and its residents, but she made special considerations for the senior citizens. She was the main advocate of the city's acquisition of the Beltline and its conversion to park land. In recognition of her vision and commitment to people and community, the City of Toronto renamed the this trail the "Kay Gardner Beltline Trail" in May 2000. From one end to the other you will see maps and plaques commemorating her contributions.
As we came to the end of the Kay Gardner Trail (at Allen Expressway), we went south on Allen Road to Everden Road, where it takes you through some more gorgeous scenic parkland, known as Cedarvale Park.
Just an FYI: the trail continues from Allen Expressway west of Allen Road but is called the York Trail which passes through to the Kay Gardner Beltline Park.