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  • Writer's picturePat Browne

In the midst of an amazing park system

Someone created a map of the Toronto park systems that looks like a TTC map

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The Don Valley is one of Toronto's greatest treasures, and there's no better time to explore the routes that run across the 12,000-year-old Don River.

If you plan on hitting up Moccasin Trail Park or the Wilket Creek, but your map-reading game is a little rusty, don't panic. A former Toronto resident has drawn up a guide to the Don modelled after a map you're probably familiar with: the TTC.

Matthew Colenbrander, has created an easy-to-read map of the Don's multi-use trail network. Using the TTC map as a model, he’s subbed out subway lines for alphabetical lines, complete with major trails and interchange points. "I made it because I love the valley and the ravines and I want everyone to be able to take full advantage of them," says Colenbrander.

Photos of Moccasin Trail Park by Elka Popova

"This past year I spent a lot of my (mostly isolated) free time looking over the trail maps of Toronto, trying to figure out how to make it less confusing and intimidating for anyone in the city who might want to take advantage," he says.

"I realized that a subway-style map of the network would be a simple way to illustrate its extent while highlighting entry points and landmarks."

Colenbrander's map has since been shared on local Don Valley Facebook groups like A Park for All and Beauty of the Don, where's it been well received by trail enthusiasts.

Lead photo by

Matthew Colenbrander

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