Toronto has High Park, New York City has Central Park and Mississauga can lay claim to having Erindale Park. Visiting the trails at Erindale Park in winter or summer periods is a favourite past-time of many in the city who enjoy walking or cycling along trails but don’t want to travel too far to enjoy these activities.
As the largest park in the city (222 acres), it’s an escape into nature amid the suburban sprawl. I’ve walked through Erindale Park many times – the first time being when I was in Grade Six and on a school trip to learn about geological features and local history. I remember my teacher talking about the fish hatchery that makes its home here. The salmon that swim upstream in the fall. The park was also once the site of a hydroelectric dam.
Since then, I’ve visited it many times to enjoy the wooded trail – the David J. Culham Trail – that takes you along the Credit River and ravines. It’s particularly a gorgeous spot in autumn when the leaves are changing.
Winter Hiking at Erindale Park
Hiking the trails at Erindale Park for a few hours during our Christmas break was a much needed activity. We wanted to stretch our legs and work off a bit of the effects of Holiday feasting. From the number of people we saw at the park walking along the mail trail, it seemed others had a similar idea. There were even a few fishermen, bundled up to protect against the cold, trying to catch a hungry fish.
Unfortunately we chose to visit the park on a day that was cloudy, windy and damp. Stopping to take photos meant getting a bit chilled, so photo-taking was kept to a minimum.
Here are a few of the highlights including the partially icy Credit River:
Easy – the trail is fairly flat throughout the area. Snow and ice-covered areas make it a bit trickier.
1695 Dundas St W, Mississauga, Ontario. Closest major intersection is Mississauga Rd and Dundas Street West.