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.