Lace up your Hoka One Ones, hit start on your GPS watch and hit the trail. Spring weather in here and we couldn’t be happier to get out and embrace the warm rays. Take advantage of the longer days and warm weather by moving your daily workouts outside. If you’re already following your own outdoor routine whether it be running or cycling, a new route can liven it up a bit.
For the runners in the Toronto area looking to spice up their running routine, you’re in luck because Toronto is full of running route opportunities. Whether you prefer to run in an urban environment or you prefer the tranquility of nature, here are our top picks for iconic running routes in Toronto.
Iconic Running Routes in Toronto
Martin Goodman Trail
Run along the lake shore accompanied by great views of the city of Toronto across the water. The Martin Goodman trail is located about 1.6km from Toronto’s financial district so you can leave the busy city chaos behind and enjoy the lake breeze and scenery.
Humber Bay Park
Toronto is a large city located on Lake Ontario so undoubtedly, many of the iconic running routes are located near the water’s edge. Humber Bay Park is another to add to your running routes lists if you haven’t checked it out yet. With multiple distance choices to choose from, you can tailor your run to be exactly what you need.
Center Island Park
Hop on a ferry from downtown and in fifteen minutes you’ll arrive at Toronto’s Center Island Park. The island is scattered with beaches, picnic areas, park s and other attractions making it an appealing nature haven away from the big city. While it’s popular for families and friends for weekend gatherings, it is also a must-go spot for runners who have the time to take the short ferry ride.
For the city dwellers who love all things urban, including thie running routes, a tour of downtown Toronto is a must . You can start at City Hall and make your way along the streets until you reach Queen’s Park then venture onto some of the paths. You won’t want to miss a visit over to the campus of the University of Toronto where you can gaze at the beautifully designed buildings as you run along. There are plenty of sights within the city of Toronto so taking the time to map out your route beforehand will allow you to hit all your favourite places.
Toronto Beltline Trail
If you’re looking for something with a littler bit more variety, head to the northeast part of Toronto and you’ll find the Toronto Beltline Trail. This particular trail consists of three sections so you have some variety to choose from if you’re looking for something short or if you’re really motivated, you can combine all three. The Toronto Beltline Trail itself is aroudn 13.4 km long one way and links multiple neighbourhoods together. If you’ve got some time to spend and have been dying to test out your new Saucony running shoes, now is the perfect time!
*Cover Photo By Christoffer Sjostrom