Woods in the hood
After a short walk along the TTC's grey parking lots by the 6-lane-wide Warden Avenue with concrete buildings, the last thing I expected was the sight of a willow tree brushing the water of a bouncing creek strutting over large rocks at the bottom of a curvy valley. I accessed Warden Woods Park from St. Clair to discover that its 2-km sinuous trail runs along the Massey Creek and goes down through a mature forest which muffles the noise of the cars. A few minutes into the trail and you'll see the river to your right. If you decide to explore its shore in this section, make sure your young explorers see the "secret vault" by the willow tree, in fact a storm sewer outlet (it is better not to explore during or after a heavy rain). Halfway along the path, you'll find stairs formed by beams encased among roots on the hill. (The climb is steep and not stroller accessible but it leads to a great park with a small playground.) Further on the main trail, you'll see a pretty bridge crossing over the creek. If you stay on the main trail you'll reach the parking lot adjacent to Pharmacy Avenue in a few minutes.