Humber Bay Shores Trail Maintenance Project

Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), in partnership with the City of Toronto, is undertaking minor maintenance works in Humber Bay Shores Park, near Sheldon Lookout, in order to repair a failed concrete section of the waterfront viewing node and address public safety concerns.

Project Location

The project is located in Humber Bay Shores Park near the mouth of the Humber River and on the north shore of Lake Ontario, in the City of Toronto. The area of concern includes a damaged section of the waterfront viewing node south of Sheldon Lookout.

Map of the Humber Bay Shores Trail Maintenance project location and work area. Source: TRCA, 2019.

Learn More About the Project

Project Background

High waves and overtopping of the headland have caused stone material under the existing concrete to wash away, resulting in the cracking and collapse of concrete on the western portion of the viewing node.

This project will return the platform to a state of good repair and eliminate the current risk to trail users in order to provide the community with safe access to the waterfront.

failed concrete slab at Sheldon Lookout
Photo of the failed concrete slab at Sheldon Lookout. Source: TRCA 2019.


displacement of stones beneath concrete slabs at Humber Bay Shores
Up close photo of the displacement of stones beneath the concrete slabs. Source: TRCA, 2019.

Scope of Work

The work will include removal of the broken concrete, following which a new concrete slab will be poured to reinstate the platform. Voids between the viewing node and existing armourstone shoreline protection will be filled to provide additional protection.

Construction Information

Construction is currently set to start on July 8, 2019 and is anticipated to take two weeks in duration.

During periods of truck activity, portions of the pedestrian pathway will be closed and traffic control systems will be in place to direct trail users. The multi-use trail will remain open. The trail passing beneath the Humber Bay Arch Bridge will be fenced off to prevent trail users from entering the work area.

Note that the open “pedestrian only” route leading to the Humber Bay Arch Bridge includes a steep and unpaved bypass route that leads to the multi-use trial. Please use the alternative recommended detour routes indicated on the map below, highlighted in orange and blue.

For your safety, please respect all posted signs and stay clear of the work areas and equipment. Your cooperation and patience with this undertaking is appreciated.

Map of closed trails and detour routes. Source: TRCA 2019.

Public Notices

Notices of Construction signs and trail detour warnings have been placed at main trailheads to guide trail users. Please click the link below for a copy of the posted signage.

Progress Updates

Update: July 18, 2019

The damaged concrete slab has been removed. A new concrete slab has been poured over a new base of gravel. This portion of the trail will remain isolated to allow the concrete to settle as well as to complete the finishing touches to the site (placement of rip rap, placement of soil and seeding grass).

Newly poured concrete slab at the Sheldon Lookout portion of Humber Bay Shores Trail. Source: TRCA, 2019.

Update: July 24, 2019

Rip rap has been placed between the armourstone and the new concrete portion of the lookout. Soil and grass seed have also been placed to re-vegetate the area. The site has been demobilized and is now open to the public.

Finished concrete slab with additional rip rap and soil placed along the shoreline. Source: TRCA, 2019.

Contact Us

The Planning Team is located at TRCA’s Boyd Field Centre in Vaughan:

Restoration and Infrastructure Division, Engineering Projects
9755 Canada Company Avenue
Vaughan, Ontario
L4H 0A3

For more information regarding this project, please contact Rebecca Salvatore, Project Manager:

Rebecca Salvatore, Project Manager 
Engineering Projects
Restoration & Infrastructure Division