Gatineau Corridor – Park Trail

Scarborough, Toronto
Posted on June 6, 2021 / 469
Gatineau Corridor – Park Trail
Listing Types : Park Trail
Note : New Trail
Total Trail Km : 11 (16)
Park Path % : 85
Road % : 15
Rate Skill Levels : Easy
Terrain : paved, crushed gravel, bridges, flat sections, gentle hills
Faclities : parking, toilet, outhouse, drinking water, trailhead map, good signage, trails maintained, shelter
Trail Fee : Free

Length –  11+  km (one way)

85% park path
15% road crossings, detours

Elevation – Not as flat as you may think; a few hills help give you some exercise

Terrain –  Wide, newly paved path; some loose grit; bridges (including one tall metal one)

Skill – Easy

Maps – This trail project (part of the Pan Am Path) has yet to be completed, but map boards and trail markers are starting to appear; most of the route is easy to follow

Traffic – A typical mix of path users; not busy

Facilities –  Parking lot, toilets, benches, picnic tables, rain shelters

Highlights – LRT metal bridge, Thomson Memorial Park

Trail Fee – Free

Phone – 416 661 6600

Website – The Meadoway

Similar Trails –  Finch Corridor, Chinguacousy

Local Clubs – Toronto Bicycle Network – TBN  

Access –  You can find parking lots at Thomson Memorial Park, and where the path crosses Pharmacy Ave., Kennedy Rd. or Markham Rd.

You could also ride the subway with your bike to Kennedy station (not allowed during rush-hour periods).

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The Gatineau Hydro Corridor trail cuts diagonally across Scarborough for about 11 km (currently). This newly paved trailway, part of the Pan Am Path legacy trail, moves cyclists across town on a linear route that connects to other parts of Toronto.

Exciting plans are in the works to connect this path with Highland Creek on the east end and to lead you down into the East Don Trail on the other side. When the route gets finished in 2024 (hopefully), it will be 16 km in length.

This rather uneventful, utilitarian path follows the power lines for its full distance. Thankfully, the route is not too straight, as it does wind around these tall towers, and it has (surprisingly) a few good hills. It’s very much in the open, so you may experience wind gusts and plenty of sun, so be prepared.

Not the most picturesque views among the electrical grid towers… but it is a car-free ride. Well, sort of…it still has road crossings and a section in the middle that connects via side streets. 

A fairly tall, elaborate metal bridge crosses the LRT tracks and could be considered the highlight of the ride, lol.  Yup, not much to see on this route compared to other trails on this site.

At the bridge, there is a side path that goes south for a kilometre to the Kennedy subway station, which would be ideal for cross-town bikers to get here to start the ride.

In the future, the road detour may not be as long, but for now, going east take Tara Ave., go north on Fitzgibbons Ave. then east on Marcos Blvd. and follow that to the end.

Almost in the middle of this ride is the Thomson Memorial Park which offers another route you could consider, the Birkdale path.

Recently I saw the fields on the west side of the Gatineau before the bridge have been plowed under and reseeded to promote native plant meadows, so the scenery will be more green heading the other way this year (unless they have yet to plow that, too).

This is The Meadoway project (another name the trail may go by), a wonderful idea to beautify this area with wildflowers in the coming years.

With such a large population surrounding this path, the efforts to improve this sterile parkland, and the fact that it will be an important connector route in the future, I decided it merits inclusion for all to know.

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Gatineau Corridor trail map

Gatineau Corridor trail map

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