East Don Trail Project

The City of Toronto is working with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to design and construct a multi-use trail system within the East Don Corridor between the north end of Charles Sauriol Conservation Area, the Lower Don Trail System, and Gatineau Corridor Trail.


Under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) – Phase 1, the Government of Canada is investing up to $11.25 million for the East Don Trail project. The City of Toronto is matching this funding contribution

The City of Toronto is working with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) to design and construct a multi-use trail system within the East Don Corridor between the north end of Charles Sauriol Conservation Area, the Lower Don Trail System, and Gatineau Corridor Trail.


Under the Public Transit Infrastructure Fund (PTIF) – Phase 1, the Government of Canada is investing up to $11.25 million for the East Don Trail project. The City of Toronto is matching this funding contribution

  • Construction over the summer months

    about 1 month ago
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    Construction of the East Don Trail has continued as planned throughout the summer months. Click the thumbnail on the left to view all photos.

    Phase 1

    The following photos show progress of the Helical pile, forming, rebar and concrete installation on the north and south foundations/abutments of permanent bridge # 1 over the East Don River.

    The following photo shows the armourstone wall construction within the portion of trail constructed within the existing hydro corridor on the west side of Bermondsey Road.

    Photo of granular base for future trail along East Don River towards future bridge #1.

    Phase 2

    The ...

    Construction of the East Don Trail has continued as planned throughout the summer months. Click the thumbnail on the left to view all photos.

    Phase 1

    The following photos show progress of the Helical pile, forming, rebar and concrete installation on the north and south foundations/abutments of permanent bridge # 1 over the East Don River.

    The following photo shows the armourstone wall construction within the portion of trail constructed within the existing hydro corridor on the west side of Bermondsey Road.

    Photo of granular base for future trail along East Don River towards future bridge #1.

    Phase 2

    The following photos show new trail construction from Pitcairn Crescent to the future switchback and from bridge 8 to bridge 9 where the trail will connect with the existing East Don trail at Wynford Heights Crescent.


    Construction on the trail connection for the portion through Wigmore Park to Elvaston Drive will be commencing this week.

    Please continue to check the website (https://yoursay.ca/east-don-trail) for updates.
  • Updated construction notice: West Don Parking Lot Improvement Project

    3 months ago

    An updated construction notice for the West Don Parking Lot Improvement Project is now available in the Document Library section of this website. Please refer to this notice for any information about the construction works completed to date as well as upcoming work for Spring 2019.

    An updated construction notice for the West Don Parking Lot Improvement Project is now available in the Document Library section of this website. Please refer to this notice for any information about the construction works completed to date as well as upcoming work for Spring 2019.

  • Updated construction notices: Phase 1 and Phase 2

    4 months ago

    Updated construction notices for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the East Don Trail project are now available in the Document Library section of this website. Please refer to these notices for any information about the construction works completed to date as well as upcoming work for Spring 2019.

    Updated construction notices for Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the East Don Trail project are now available in the Document Library section of this website. Please refer to these notices for any information about the construction works completed to date as well as upcoming work for Spring 2019.

  • EDT Pop-Up Booth at Ravine Day Celebration, Sunday May 12 at Evergreen Brick Works

    5 months ago
    Ravine day celebration

    Join representatives from the East Don Trail project as well as The Meadoway at the Ravine Day Celebration hosted at Evergreen Brick Works to learn about these ongoing trail development projects. Visit us to learn about what new areas you will be able to access once these projects are completed, and how you can stay up-to-date on developments during the construction phase. For more information about the event, visit https://www.evergreen.ca/whats-on/event/ravine-day/. Hope to see you there!

    Join representatives from the East Don Trail project as well as The Meadoway at the Ravine Day Celebration hosted at Evergreen Brick Works to learn about these ongoing trail development projects. Visit us to learn about what new areas you will be able to access once these projects are completed, and how you can stay up-to-date on developments during the construction phase. For more information about the event, visit https://www.evergreen.ca/whats-on/event/ravine-day/. Hope to see you there!

  • Tree planting and stewardship activities

    6 months ago
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    As the snow begins to melt, that means the tree planting and stewardship season is just around the corner! Last year, City of Toronto Forestry engaged with 3800 volunteers to plant over 15,000 trees and shrubs city-wide. In the East Don Valley area alone, volunteers planted more than 1000 woody and herbaceous plants. Volunteers at our Milne Hollow Community Stewardship Program site, near Lawrence Ave and the Don Valley Parkway, also helped to managed invasive species such as garlic mustard, buckthorn, and phragmites.

    Image: Community Stewardship Program volunteers planting at Milne Hollow restoration site. Photo credit: City of Toronto.


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    As the snow begins to melt, that means the tree planting and stewardship season is just around the corner! Last year, City of Toronto Forestry engaged with 3800 volunteers to plant over 15,000 trees and shrubs city-wide. In the East Don Valley area alone, volunteers planted more than 1000 woody and herbaceous plants. Volunteers at our Milne Hollow Community Stewardship Program site, near Lawrence Ave and the Don Valley Parkway, also helped to managed invasive species such as garlic mustard, buckthorn, and phragmites.

    Image: Community Stewardship Program volunteers planting at Milne Hollow restoration site. Photo credit: City of Toronto.


    Milne Hollow is one of seven Community Stewardship Program sites in the city where volunteers meet weekly from May to September to engage in restoration and stewardship activities. The City also hosts public weekend drop-in planting events in the spring and fall, partnering with local community groups and schools. We hope you will join us this year to help make the city greener!

    Image: Students from Gateway Public School in the Flemingdon Park neighbourhood planting to green their own school grounds. Photo credit: City of Toronto.


    To find out how to get involved visit www.toronto.ca/greentoronto or email greentoronto@toronto.ca.

  • Sneak Peek: Permanent bridge connecting Phase 2 to existing East Don Trail

    7 months ago
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    Here is a sneak peek of one of the permanent bridges that will be part of the new East Don Trail extension! This bridge will be located at the connection with the existing East Don Trail at Wynford Heights, at the west limit of Phase 2 (Map of Phase 2).

    Image: Permanent bridge for East Don Trail project. Photograph: Metric Contracting Services, February 2019.


    The steel decking will be installed once the bridge is on site. TRCA and City of Toronto are working with Metric Contracting Services for construction of the East Don Trail project.


    Here is a sneak peek of one of the permanent bridges that will be part of the new East Don Trail extension! This bridge will be located at the connection with the existing East Don Trail at Wynford Heights, at the west limit of Phase 2 (Map of Phase 2).

    Image: Permanent bridge for East Don Trail project. Photograph: Metric Contracting Services, February 2019.


    The steel decking will be installed once the bridge is on site. TRCA and City of Toronto are working with Metric Contracting Services for construction of the East Don Trail project.


  • Construction continues despite cold snap

    8 months ago
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    Despite the recent cold snap, construction on the East Don Trail project continues to move forward.

    Along Phase 1 (Phase 1 Map), the crew has completed construction of a temporary watertight cofferdam to allow for the building of a new armourstone wall which will protect the section of the trail passing below the DVP from erosion. Tree clearing continues along Phase 1, with continued care to minimize removal of larger trees (see the Factsheet on Tree Removal for more info).

    Image: Building the new armourstone wall (Phase 1). Photo credit: Construction crew, January 2019.

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    Despite the recent cold snap, construction on the East Don Trail project continues to move forward.

    Along Phase 1 (Phase 1 Map), the crew has completed construction of a temporary watertight cofferdam to allow for the building of a new armourstone wall which will protect the section of the trail passing below the DVP from erosion. Tree clearing continues along Phase 1, with continued care to minimize removal of larger trees (see the Factsheet on Tree Removal for more info).

    Image: Building the new armourstone wall (Phase 1). Photo credit: Construction crew, January 2019.

    Image: Excavating under the DVP (Phase 1). Photo credit: Construction crew, January 2019.

    Along Phase 2 (Phase 2 Map), the majority of tree removal is completed. Construction and silt fences have been erected along the construction site along the trail alignment. Sediment fences are used on construction sides to protect water quality in nearby streams from loose soil being transported by stormwater runoff.

    Image: Silt fencing and silt socks (Phase 2). Photo credit: Construction crew, January 2019.



  • Temporary bridges provide construction access

    9 months ago
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    If you are familiar with the East Don River, you are likely aware of how steep the terrain is in the valley. This introduces accessibility challenges to heavy construction machinery required to build the new stretch of the East Don Trail. A series of rented Modular Panel Bridge Systems are currently in place from the company Algonquin Bridge to help construction crews safely navigate stream crossings and to access hard-to-reach areas.

    Photo courtesy of Algonquin Bridge.

    These bridges are delivered and assembled on site. The bridge that is directly adjacent to the Don Valley Parkway, close to the Taylor...

    If you are familiar with the East Don River, you are likely aware of how steep the terrain is in the valley. This introduces accessibility challenges to heavy construction machinery required to build the new stretch of the East Don Trail. A series of rented Modular Panel Bridge Systems are currently in place from the company Algonquin Bridge to help construction crews safely navigate stream crossings and to access hard-to-reach areas.

    Photo courtesy of Algonquin Bridge.

    These bridges are delivered and assembled on site. The bridge that is directly adjacent to the Don Valley Parkway, close to the Taylor Creek Dog Park, was built and then lifted into place by a crane. The second bridge that is currently in place close to the construction staging area at the bottom of the hill at Wynford Heights, was cantilever launched from one side of the stream crossing to the other. This means it was built and then projected horizontally across the East Don river, supported on one end only during the launch. The cantilever launch method allows for easier bridge construction and installation at difficult crossings.

    Photo courtesy of Algonquin Bridge.

    Use of these rental bridges is key to the successful completion of the East Don Trail construction project. The permanent bridges you will see along the new trail will look different than these temporary ones, but all play an important role in facilitating stream crossings in this steep ravine valley.

    To learn more about these temporary bridge systems used during the construction phase of the East Don Trail project, visit Algonquin Bridge’s blog post. Also, did you know that the TRCA has used rental bridges from Algonquin Bridge for other projects in our watersheds? A bridge system from the company was also used to access banks of the Humber River for a bank stabilization project.

  • Coxwell Bypass Tunnel Construction at Coxwell Ravine Park

    9 months ago
    Cowell tunnel bypass project map

    The Don River and Central Waterfront Wet Weather Flow System (DR&CW) project is an integrated system to manage rain and melted snow. The project will keep combined sewer overflows out of the Lower Don River, Taylor-Massey Creek and Inner Harbour by capturing water in the tunnel system, transporting it for treatment, and storing it during extreme rainstorms until system capacity is available and the water can be treated. Once fully constructed, the project will include:

    • A 22km tunnel system, consisting of three integrated tunnels (Coxwell Bypass Tunnel, Taylor Massey Creek Tunnel, Inner Harbour West Tunnel)
    • 12 wet weather...

    The Don River and Central Waterfront Wet Weather Flow System (DR&CW) project is an integrated system to manage rain and melted snow. The project will keep combined sewer overflows out of the Lower Don River, Taylor-Massey Creek and Inner Harbour by capturing water in the tunnel system, transporting it for treatment, and storing it during extreme rainstorms until system capacity is available and the water can be treated. Once fully constructed, the project will include:

    • A 22km tunnel system, consisting of three integrated tunnels (Coxwell Bypass Tunnel, Taylor Massey Creek Tunnel, Inner Harbour West Tunnel)
    • 12 wet weather flow storage shafts along the tunnels
    • 27 connection points to the tunnels for stormwater and combined sewer overflow
    • 7 off-line storage tanks
    • Real Time Control (RTC) to regulate flows in the City's sewer system
    Starting in December 2018, one of twelve underground wet weather flow storage shafts will be built at Coxwell Ravine Park and is expected to be completed in December 2023. To see a more detailed construction notice for this project, please click here.

    Public parking will not be available in the Coxwell Ravine Parking Lot (adjacent to the Taylor Creek Dog Off-leash Area) for the duration of construction. Alternate parking is located at the West Don Trail Parking Lot. The Taylor Creek Dog Park will remain open throughout the duration of construction.


    Please note that this construction is not associated with construction activities involved with the East Don Trail Project. If you have any questions about the Coxwell Bypass Tunnel or the Don and Central Waterfront Wet Weather Flow System please contact Robert H. Mayberry, Project Manager at Robert.Mayberry@toronto.ca.

  • East Don Trail Project - Construction Notice (Wigmore Park)

    10 months ago

    Construction of Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the East Don Trail project commenced in September 2018. To date, the access for construction of Phase 2 of the project has been located on the north side of Wynford Heights Crescent.

    As of Monday, December 17th, contractors will also be using the Phase 2 construction access located at the Wigmore Park entrance on the north side of Elvaston Drive. The work will consist of site preparation, erosion and sediment control, perimeter fencing, and signage. The existing paved trail into Wigmore Park from Elvaston Drive will remain open over...

    Construction of Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the East Don Trail project commenced in September 2018. To date, the access for construction of Phase 2 of the project has been located on the north side of Wynford Heights Crescent.

    As of Monday, December 17th, contractors will also be using the Phase 2 construction access located at the Wigmore Park entrance on the north side of Elvaston Drive. The work will consist of site preparation, erosion and sediment control, perimeter fencing, and signage. The existing paved trail into Wigmore Park from Elvaston Drive will remain open over the holidays and will be closed in the new year throughout the duration of construction activities. A temporary granular trail will be constructed on the east side of the entrance trail into Wigmore Park from Elvaston Drive to maintain public access. To view the detailed Phase 2 Construction Notice please visit the Document Library or click here.

    We thank you for your patience during construction activities. Please visit this blog for regular updates on construction progress. If interested, you can stay informed of project updates by subscribing to the project in the upper right of the East Don Trail Project Homepage.