Explore Vaughan’s great outdoors this fall
As the air turns crisp and the leaves change colours, there is still plenty to see and do in Vaughan! From playing at beautiful parks and well-maintained sports fields, to visiting accessible trails and more, our community is brimming with fall adventures to keep you and your family entertained.
Explore all that Vaughan has to offer this fall!
The City’s parks offer a wide variety of outdoor activities for all ages to enjoy, including:
off-leash dog parks
outdoor exercise equipment
tennis and pickleball courts
All washroom facilities in City parks remain open until Monday, Oct. 30. Visit vaughan.ca/parks for more information.
Trails and neighbourhood walks
Choose from 12 different Great Walks of Vaughan throughout the city: Jersey Creek Neighbourhood Walk, Mackenzie Glen Neighbourhood Walk, Maple Nature Reserve Nature Walk, Marita Payne Neighbourhood Walk, North Maple Regional Park Nature Walk, Peter Rupert Neighbourhood Walk, Rainbow Creek Neighbourhood Walk (note: select paths temporarily closed for stormwater management pond installations), Riverwalk Neighbourhood Walk, Sonoma Heights Neighbourhood Walk, Sugarbush Nature Walk, Vellore Neighbourhood Walk and William Granger Greenway Nature Walk. There’s a trail for all ages, abilities and comfort levels. Visit vaughan.ca/GreatWalks for more information and maps. You can also browse the Parks and Trails webpage for an interactive view of all trails and parks throughout the city, the Great Walks of Vaughan walking trail guide (PDF) and the City’s Great Walks of Vaughan map legend (PDF).
In addition to the Great Walks of Vaughan, our city has many other local trails to explore, including the Bartley Smith Greenway, the William Granger Greenway (Humber Trail), the Nashville Conservation Reserve Trails and the Vaughan Super Trail. Learn more about these trails at vaughan.ca/trails.
As you walk along select City trails, discover StoryWalk – large panels showcasing colourful pages of children’s books. With each step, the story unfolds one page at a time in this immersive and interactive experience. When you’re visiting a trail in your area, use the hashtag #LoveVPL on social media and share pictures and videos of your outdoor fun. Remember not to disturb or get close to wildlife.
StoryWalk is available along the following public trails:
- Mackenzie Glen District Park (Ward 1): Friends for Real by Ted Staunton
- Nort Johnson District Park (Ward 2): Sometimes I Feel Like a River by Danielle Daniel
- Lawford Park (Ward 3): Pink is for Everybody by Ella Russell
- Sugarbush Heritage Park (Ward 4): Biindigen!: Amik Says Welcome by Nancy Cooper
- Marita Payne Park (Ward 5): The Most Magnificent Idea by Ashley Spires
Learn more at vaughanpl.info/storywalk.
Vaughan’s cycling and multi-use recreational trails network consists of the following:
- In-boulevard cycle tracks: designated spaces for people riding bikes separate from those walking or driving. These areas are marked with a bicycle symbol and diamond.
- On-road bike lanes: designated spaces for people riding bikes separate from those walking but run alongside people driving. These areas are made visible with pavement markings on the roadway.
- In-boulevard multi-use pathways: shared spaces for people walking and riding their bikes separate from those driving. These areas are within the boulevard along a roadway.
- Multi-use recreational trails: shared spaces for people walking and riding their bikes within parks and open spaces.