Mississauga’s Etobicoke Creek Trail

January 1, 1970

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.