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Winding its way along the Credit River through woodlands, wetlands and past geologic features is the multi-use Culham Trail. This is a continuous, off-road trail for 11.4 kilometres between Erindale Park, located near Dundas Street West and Mississaug…
Named after the First Nations Algonkian word “wah do be kaug” for “Where the Alders Grow”, the Etobicoke Creek is a water course running from south of the Oak Ridges Moraine to Lake Ontario. Currently, the Mississauga portion of the Etobicoke Creek Trail is in two sections, the first being 4.2 kilometres long, from Willowcreek Park, north of Dundas Street East to Rathburn Road East and linking to Centennial Park in Toronto. This section also connects to the east-west running Burnhamthorpe Trail. The second section is 7.0 kilometres long, from Eglinton Avenue East, through the western boundary of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) lands, to Mount Charles Park and the City of Brampton border.
Trail users will be treated to stunning valley views and vistas; creative urban art beneath Highway 401; geocaching opportunities; glimpses of valley inhabitants including birds of prey, deer and coyotes; as well as spectacular late summer/early fall wildflowers and butterflies.
This is the first public trail that crosses through an international airport in North America, thanks to a special relationship between the City of Mississauga and the GTAA. A trailhead constructed at the east end of Britannia Road within the airport lands permits level access to this valley trail featuring a pervious concrete parking lot as a interpretive demonstration site.
An isolated wetland located within the Sawmill Creek Watershed became the inspiration behind the development of a new park and trail in West Mississauga. Located within the Churchill Meadows community in west Mississauga, O’Connor Park is the host to a centrally featured trail called Cathy’s Walk, a nature walk that acts as the transitory border between an enhanced natural environmental wonderland and an active recreational park.
Users can walk this trail from its southern limits and experience natural features to the west including a carefully redeveloped and expanded wetland complemented by newly constructed meadows. This quiet oasis, home to birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and insects, is separated by Cathy’s walk from the park’s more active recreation facilities including soccer fields and play areas to the east. Repeat visitors to the park will get to enjoy changing seasonal views of the natural areas, and be able to appreciate the ecological succession that will develop year after year.
The trail itself is constructed using stonedust and boardwalks, connecting to an overlook and seating at the wetland’s edge. The boardwalk allows for best views into and across the wetland as the trail moves through the park. Visitors will be rewarded for their efforts by birdsong and by the occasional glimpses of butterflies frequenting the dynamic habitat areas to feed on wildflowers. Interpretive signage provides additional commentary on the sustainable and ecological features of this trail and park.