Join us for an informative walk along the southern portion of the Bartley Smith Greenway in Vaughan. This trail follows the course of the West Don River, as it flows southwards from Langstaff Road to Steeles Avenue West.
This 4 kilometre stretch of river valley has been transformed in recent decades by new marshlands, the largest constructed deciduous swamp in Ontario, and thousands of new trees and shrubs, all of which has resulted in an explosion of wildlife.
Our guest hike leader will be Mark Inglis, who helped plan the Bartley Smith Greenway and will be happy to share his knowledge about the history and design of this unique valleyland regeneration project.
Two main trail environments will be experienced on this walk:
Langstaff EcoPark is a regenerating natural area along the river valley that is flanked on either side by industrial development. The construction of Maple’s major sewer led to the rehabilitation of the Don River in 2002. It is amazing how dense with vegetation the valley has become! Also included are snake hibernacula and creek rehabilitation methods.
Marita Payne Park is one of Vaughan’s most beautiful city parks, set in an established residential area.
Except for a short stretch near the southern end and one other street crossing, this walk is completely off-road. The hike will follow wide, all purpose trails without major changes in elevation. All the same we recommend sturdy, comfortable footwear and long pants.
Dogs on leash are permitted on the hike.
Please meet 15 minutes early at the endpoint of the hike (see Directions at bottom) and we will leave most vehicles there, before carpooling to the starting point. Drivers who are leaving their cars at beginning of hike will be driven back to their vehicles after the walk is completed.
Mark Inglis is a Landscape Architect based in Kleinburg who worked on the design of the Bartley Smith Greenway. He writes a blog on yorkurbanist.com regarding trails, recreation and urban design and is an active member of HVHTA Kleinburg Chapter.
9:30am – Meet at Langstaff Park, south side of Langstaff Road across from Planchet Road, east of Keele Street. We will carpool to Dufferin Clark Library, near Marita Payne Park.
9:45am – Walk will start at the end of Clark Avenue West at the entrance to the park.