TRCA Trail Strategy

Trails have become a defining feature of our landscapes. Trails connect residents to nature and to each other, and provide opportunities for community, recreation, active transportation, and healthy living.

aerial view of trail

About the Trail Strategy

The Trail Strategy for the Greater Toronto Region outlines Toronto and Region Conservation Authority’s (TRCA) plan to work with partners to complete, expand, manage and celebrate the Greater Toronto Region Trail Network, a connected trail network in our regional greenspace system. It serves as a framework to protect potential trail alignments, and to guide the planning, development, and management of these trails. In addition, the Trail Strategy provides rationale and informs efforts to secure greenspace and should be used to support the Greenlands Acquisition Project for 2016–2020 and its future iterations. As such, it will facilitate the concerted effort of expanding greenways and building the Greater Toronto Region Trail Network in partnership with our trail community colleagues and partners.

The Vision

A complete regional trail network in greenspace and along the Lake Ontario shoreline that connects our growing communities to nature, to culture, and to each other, contributing to active living and enhancing our conservation legacy.

The Concept

There are approximately 520 km of regional trails in our greenspace system. The concept proposes almost 480 additional kilometres of trail to complete a regional trail system of 1,000 linear kilometres that connects greenspace to conservation destinations, neighbourhoods, employment lands, and transit and mobility hubs. It also proposes investment in 10 conservation destination areas to enhance the trail network and provide amenities.