Why I Love (Biking in)Toronto Reason #327
West Toronto Railpath
Oh my quest on conquering the bike paths of Toronto is in full force! There have only a few bike paths I haven’t really enjoyed in this city and right now I am presenting you the fourth path I think is worthy enough for this list. So last week I went to explore the West Toronto Railpath at Dundas and Sterling which is just off of Sorauren Ave and a little before Lansdowne. Anyways this path is very similar to the Lower Don Rec Trail in terms of being next to a railroad. However, there are a few major differences between the Don path and this one.
The first is that even though it is similar being next to a railroad, you get a different experience than the Lower Don trail. The first is that while I biked two trains passed me as opposed to the Lower Don in which no trains passed me at all. It was kind of really cool and the child inside of me even tried to race with one of the trains. The other part is that you get to go over top of traffic when you hit Bloor and Dupont. As a child I loved the old train bridges that went over top of traffic, especially when they just sat there for days. I always loved to peer up, and unlike most trails that have the bikers going underneath motor or train bridges, the biker gets a chance to go on top of traffic just like a train – and on a cool orange bridge. The second thing is that at Bloor you actually bike pass the Bloor Go Station. Now when I got here I left my bike and walked onto the platform looking down the railroad tracks.
The other cool thing is that the path is like a graveyard for buildings. As I biked by there were a lot of old abandoned looking buildings. Now they of course are really beautifully built and I bet you anything that they are going to become lofts very soon, because that whole area is truly becoming an up and coming neighbourhood.
The other thing is that there are these weird metal art like structures that have graffiti all over them. Now they are the most random things, but what I remember most is that someone had put an anime face on one these metal art pieces, which really caught my attention.
Also on my way I saw a triceratops and a railway crossing that brought me face to face with a freight train. This path was really short and took me all of maybe 15 minutes to complete, but it was truly really cool and relaxing path. However, this path is looking to expand which I would be all in favor for. The Friends of West Toronto Railpath eventually want it to extend downtown and to Liberty Village. The path itself has even won some awards!
I really like this path a lot because it combines many of my favorite things like old abandoned buildings and trains. However, how this differs from other paths is very simple. This path (the portion as of now) could be a great example of the ever changing Toronto landscape. I have no doubt in my mind that the buildings you see on the path will be redeveloped into condos or lofts and I think that as that occurs the people who use the path will be able to witness the areas and Toronto’s evolution.
That is Why I Love Toronto.
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