Martin Goodman Trail

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Martin Goodman Trail
Foot of the Humber River Toronto1.jpg
The Humber Bay Arch Bridge is part of the trail
Length56 km (35 mi)
Userunning, jogging, cycling and inline skating

The Martin Goodman Trail is a 56 km (35 mi)[1][2] multi-use path[3][4] along the waterfront in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It traverses the entire lake shore from one end of the city to the other, from Humber Bay Arch Bridge in the west to the Rouge River in the east.[2] The Martin Goodman Trail is part of the 730 km Waterfront Trail around Lake Ontario.


The trail, opened in 1984,[5] was named for the president and editor-in-chief of the Toronto Star, who died three years previously.[2] In March 1992, the Toronto Star reported that the then-18 km trail was in the need of repairs, having potholes and a lack of signage where the trail did not yet have dedicated lanes.[6] Repairs started in June 1992 with a $200,000 facelift.[7]

Since 2005, Waterfront Toronto has been responsible for filling in gaps in the trail, particularly along the central waterfront,[8] and maintenance. In 2006,[9] they added an extension to connect to Tommy Thompson Park on the Leslie Street Spit, as first proposed in 1989.[10] Starting in 2008 and finishing in 2009, a new 1.3 km section of the trail opened up along Lake Shore Boulevard at Ontario Place[1] The new section of trail converted 8,000 m2 of Ontario Place parking lots into green space and trail.[2]


In Sunnyside, west of the centre of the city, the trail runs where the old boardwalk is, and parallel to the current one. Similarly, in the Beaches, on the east side of the city, the trail also runs parallel to the boardwalk. The trail also passes through Cherry Beach.

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  1. ^ a b Waterfront Toronto opens new improved Martin Goodman Trail at Ontario Place, September 19, 2009
  2. ^ a b c d "Martin Goodman Trail". Archived from the original on 2013-08-15. Retrieved 2013-07-17.
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  5. ^ A trail mix of city life At 20, the Martin Goodman Trail reveals Toronto in all its complexity[dead link], Toronto Star, 2004
  6. ^ Goodman trail falls into state of disrepair[dead link], Toronto Star, March 30, 1992
  7. ^ Goodman Trail gets repairs beginning today[dead link], Toronto Star, June 22, 1992
  8. ^ A start on shoring up lakefront[dead link], Toronto Star, 2006
  9. ^ Martin Goodman Trail paving along Leslie Street complete Archived 2007-02-21 at the Wayback Machine, Bike Toronto, June 24, 2006
  10. ^ Improvements proposed for Goodman Trail[dead link], Toronto Star, 1989

Coordinates: 43°38′00″N 79°24′16″W / 43.63339°N 79.40444°W / 43.63339; -79.40444