One afternoon in the Valley
Story and photos by Jeff Carson
As someone who lives in the east end of the city, I can’t help but think of the Lower Don Recreation Trail as a bit of a tease. From the north end at Taylor Creek Park to where it ends at Lake Shore Boulevard, the trail offers beautiful views, a nicely paved path (for the most part) and a feeling of separation from the city. It’s a great trail, but it feels oddly disconnected.
I know, it’s a recreation trail, not a commuter path — but why can’t it be both? Many people do use it to commute north, to Sunnybrook hospital or the Glendon campus at York.) If trails are being promoted as where cyclists should be riding then these trails must connect, not only with each other, but with on-street bike lanes too.
I took a ride to find out more about the trail and why it never takes me anywhere I actually want to go.