Warden Woods: a walk

So many people seem to think that they have seen it all in Toronto, these people are what I like to call “incorrect”.

There are so many nature trails in Toronto, but the one I am going to talk about it a hidden gem called the Warden Woods. You can get to it from Warden subway station, and it is just across the street. Warden Station has some pretty decent places to get water and snacks if you are so inclined. This walk will take you to within a short walk to Victoria Park Station, but I am going to talk about what's in between.

 

It's amazing the level of wilderness here in this relatively small area. Here are a few highlights:

map of area, Warden Woods, Warden subway station, Toronto

  1. The bridge across Taylor-Massey Creek.

  2. The other side of the bridge leads to a much more adventurous 'road less traveled'.

  3. Fir Valley Woods – a nearly forgotten area, not for the faint of heart.

Unique Tree in Warden Woods, Toronto

One could easily spent an entire afternoon in here, and there is so much to see. One thing I like the most about the park is it's anonymity makes it quieter than many of the other trails. It is very good for walking in silence and attaining a decent flow state. I am an avid Geocacher, and there are half a dozen very good ones in this park, including the best one that I have found to date.

 

There is so much wilderness in Toronto and I am fascinated with it, and I walk at least one trail a week. The simplicity of putting one foot in front of the other and losing oneself in nature is something I consider to be extremely important in life. Stop and look closely at something as simple as a leaf or weed in a tiny corner of spacetime. It's just there, and it is beautiful.