Join a tour, get out your walking shoes and bike for an adventure of art from the eastern edges of Scarborough — all the way to north Etobicoke on the 80 kilometre Pan Am Path. Check out artists at work as they highlight our shared ecological assets. Learn from large-scale paintings by Métis, Inuit and First Nations artists and connect with green spaces and cultural richness across the region.
Please see the Art + Walks & Rides Page at Relay2017.ca for rolling announcements. Majority of street and mural art works are to be created July onward. Active living programming and access mapping will occur through-out the summer-fall.
Relay2017.ca has been made possible by the Toronto Foundation, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Government of Ontario, Toronto Arts Council, StreetARToronto, Community Foundations of Canada, the Government of Canada, Arts in the Park, The Toronto Star, and the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund. Special thanks to the City of Toronto, Toronto and Region Conservation and Friends of the Pan Am Path. Please view the list of program partners here.
The City of Toronto Pan Am Path Legacy Infrastructure
The Pan Am Path is part of the City of Toronto’s overall mission to create an inclusive, healthy and livable city for residents across Toronto. On behalf of the people of Toronto, the City of Toronto is the manager of the Pan Am Path trail infrastructure in collaboration with the TRCA (Toronto & Region Conservation Authority) Waterfront Toronto and the Ministry of Transportation.
Through investment in building and connecting the Pan Am Path, the City of Toronto will gain an active-living legacy of continuous path for walking, running, biking and wheeling. The Pan Am Path will be a continuous, multi-use, recreational pathway across the city, based on needs identified in the City’s 2012 Bikeway Trails Implementation Plan. Once complete, the Pan Am Path will provide over 80 kilometres of continuous trail across the city and will create better connected and more inviting active mobility options. Starting at the Claireville Reservoir in the west end of the city, the Pan Am Path follows the Humber River down to the waterfront, traversing the Martin Goodman Trail to the Don River where it continues North before transferring to the Hydro Corridor in the East end of the city. The trail follows the corridor to Highland Creek where it ends at the shore of Lake Ontario, just a few minutes south of Rouge Park. According to a June 18, 2013 City staff report approved by the Deputy City Manager, the Path “is expected to be used by thousands of Toronto residents every year and has the potential to become a high profile tourist attraction in its own right.”
Currently the following connections are under construction: Lower Don Trail & East Don Trail. The East Don Trail will provide a new connection between the Lower Don Trail and the Gatineau Hydro Corridor Trail, effectively connecting the west and the east side of the city together. For an overall route map please click here. Trails systems where connections have been completed or, are to be connected include:
1. Humber Trail (Brampton / Claireville Reservoir to Humber Bay)
2. Waterfront Trail (Humber Bay to Don River)
3. Lower Don Trail (Don River to Taylor Creek)
4. Gatineau Hydro Corridor Trail (Victoria Park Ave to Lawrence Ave. East)
5. Highland Creek Trail (Lawrence Ave. East to Rouge River Bay)
6. Waterfront Trail (Rouge River to Rouge National Park / First Nations Trail / Pickering)
Please call 311 for information about continuing legacy trail builds or, connect with your local Councillor.
Friends of the Pan Am Path Mandate
Friends of the Pan Am Path (Friends / Panampath.org) is a non-profit organization. The vision of the Pan Am Path is to combine the power of arts and active-living to create a living trail across Toronto. Friends was established in 2012 by a group of DiverseCity Fellows and artists to:
– Bring the Path to life through arts, culture and active-living.
– Engage local community-based leadership to create inclusive programming.
– Promote ecological education, local stewardship and responsible use of shared natural assets along the trail.
– Establish a legacy and attraction that continues to grow beyond the Games.
Motivated by culturally and physically connecting the inner suburbs to the downtown core, Friends operates two linked program streams: ArtRelay is focused on creating lasting touchstones on the trail and Pathfinding organizes active-living walks, talks and community rides in collaboration with partners across the city. The Toronto Foundation operates the Pan Am Path Legacy Fund. This year, program streams have been combined as Relay2017.ca.
The Pan Am Path was started by a group of Toronto artists and city-builders in collaboration with the City of Toronto. On July 18, 2013, Toronto City Council endorsed the Pan Am Path as a Host City Showcase Program of the Games and committed $1.9 million to accelerate the building of physical connections along the network.
The Pan Am Path and creation of a continuous trail was approved by City Council in 2013 to enhance the experience of the Games for residents and visitors while advancing the City’s economic development and tourism, sport development, healthy living, resident engagement and cultural celebration goals. Legacy construction to improve and create new connections along the Pan Am Path will continue into 2017-2018. Much of the route lies on existing trails and pathways that are being improved and connected.
Since its inception, the Pan Am Path project has been endorsed by over 22 other elected officials. Please read their endorsements here.
Founding Values and Objectives
Engage and Leverage Diversity
Through art installations, programs and improved public spaces, the Pan Am Path will showcase the vibrant communities that exist along the route, including seven of the 13 Neighborhood Improvement Areas (NIAs).
Foster Inclusion and Access
The path will increase recreation, walk-ability and safe and healthy personal transportation in Toronto’s diversity hot-spots. By engaging the local communities along the path in the design of and use of the path, the development of this project will create truly inclusive public spaces.
Promote Active Living
The number one need expressed in City run consultations is a lack of continuity in the trail system. The Pan Am Path will address this gap to create inviting, accessible, living transportation infrastructure and give Torontonians more active mobility options.
Catalyze Economic Development
The Pan Am Path will not only provide a vibrant public space for generations to come, but will also create opportunities for local economic development and tourism.
Leave a Lasting Legacy
The Pan Am Path will create a city-wide landmark that will raise the profile of Toronto. Combining the powers of culture and sport to connect Toronto’s downtown to inner suburbs will create a spectacular legacy. According to Strategic Communications Inc. poll of 1,523 Ontarians (paid for by Road Cycling Coalition) 69% of Torontonians agreed investment in the 2015 Games should include paths that would serve as a legacy to the Games.
Maximize Tax Payer Value
The Pan Am Path route requires strategic implementation of a few additional connections to fulfill the over 80 km of continuous trail that will unite the city. For a modest investment, Torontonians can experience the full value of decades of trail investments.