When I was in high school, our cross country meets were often held at Churchill Park. This park has soccer fields and a large open green space. It’s the perfect place to host several high school teams.
This park is in the Westdale neighbourhood and connects to some beautiful trails. This was always one of my favourite places to run in the city. I hadn’t gone for a run there in a few years but really wanted to go back and run the old route that we used to run for our high school cross country meets. I took my camera so I could share it with you.
It’s only a short little trek through the university parking lot and back to the trail.
But when I got to the point, I saw…
I respected the sign and turned around. I ran back down the trail from which I just came. I knew that I could take one of those side trails and still get a good run in. I remembered the Sassafras Trail and ran towards it.
But when I got there, I saw…
I was so tempted to ignore the sign and run that trail. But I decided not to. They close trails for a reason to help rejuvenate the natural beauty of the area. I should respect it. So I ran back to the side trail marker I already showed you.
Here is a nice bridge that crosses the marsh. I’m now on my way to Princess Point. We never ran this way during our old meets. But I wanted to show you some nice sites. I didn’t want this just to be a frustrating run where I keep hitting dead end after dead end.
I hope you enjoyed this visual tour of my run. I had to run longer than I originally had planned to give you some of these beautiful sites.
It’s annoying that the old loop is now no longer there to enjoy. The closed trails were quite annoying. But I still got in a nice run. And now I know which route to take next time.