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Glendon Forest

Escott Reid Walk

For many, a visit to Glendon Forest often begins at the southern trailhead, located in Sunnybrook Park just west of the stables. But there are several other ways in and out of the forest, particularly if you're willing to wander the grounds of York's Glendon Campus. It is here that you might stumble across Escott Reid Walk, certainly the most scenic way down to the forest's northern end.

Escott Reid Walk runs behind Wood Residence, and was part of the main drive that serviced Glendon Campus prior to the opening of the residence. Nowadays, this half kilometer wooded stretch continues to be used by students bound for the athletic fields and buildings located in the valley, but is closed to vehicular traffic. Raspberry dominates the shoulder of the old road near the top of the hill, while its bottom is home to some very mature patches of Japanese knotweed, a prolific invasive that threatens many of Toronto's green spaces.

The walk is named after Escott G. M. Reid, who served as the first principal of Glendon College (1965-1969). Prior to that he had enjoyed an illustrious career as a Canadian diplomat. He served in the Canadian Delegation to the founding conference of the United Nations in 1945, and acted as Lester B. Pearson's chief aide from 1946 to 1949, proving instrumental in laying the conceptual framework for what would become the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Between becoming a Companion of the Order of Canada in 1971, and receiving the Pearson Medal of Peace in 1993, his contributions as a diplomat have been greatly celebrated - Escott Reid Walk may be one of the few things that celebrates his contributions as principal of one of Canada's largest universities.

If you're looking to get to or from the forest from Bayview and Lawrence, it's worth making use of Escott Reid Walk to further your enjoyment of Glendon's natural beauty.

Posted on: May 20, 2015