It’s been a long time coming but I finally checked Boyd Conservation Area off my list. I actually ended up visiting here with a boy, which was fun. Of course, that also means the photos are severely lacking.
We parked up at Rutherford Road, along the William Granger Greenway, and headed south along the Humber River in the Boyd Conservation Area proper.
Under the bridge here there is some neat artwork with the hashtag #KickStarttheArt. From what I can find, the project was started in 2015 but it doesn’t appear to have taken off. Too bad.
After following the William Granger, we took a left on to Pierre and Janet Berton Trail. This brought us to the centre of Boyd, with parking and picnic areas.
We kept left and took a set of stairs up to a single track trail. Then we continued to keep left and it brought us to what appeared to be someone’s property. We backtracked a little and ended up on an old bike track, or so it seemed. Then it vanished in to nothing and we ended up off-trailing a bit.
From on top of the hill we could see a maintenance area. From what I could remember of the map, there was a trail near there so we headed in that direction. Boyd is a small area and there was no chance of us getting lost for any amount of time, so no worries. Just adventure!
The trail did pass by the maintenance area. However, it was closed in the direction we chose to take. Instead of turning around like sane people, we decided (ok maybe I decided) to continue over the bridge. This really didn’t get us anywhere except to the intersection of Islington and Langstaff. Backtracking again, we were back at the bridge. But instead of going back over it, we veered left as always and followed some vague notion of a trail towards the edge of the Humber River.
This was a bad idea. This is why you’re told to stay on marked trails. Not that any trails were really “marked” in Boyd, but you get what I mean.
We ended up off-trail, yet again. Bush-wacking would be a more appropriate term. There are plenty of old game trails, so we followed them as they generally kept to the easier terrain. Generally. We were of course scrambling across a fairly steep and soft and muddy hillside. Climbing over and under fallen trees. I picked up burrs somewhere along the way.
Nevertheless, we skirted the southwestern corner and made our way back up to street levelly successfully – and straight in to someone’s backyard. A quick hop over an already broken fence brought us back to Boyd, thankfully. From there we followed the main roads through the area, and back to the proper trails that lead us in.
On the bright side, I can safely say this is definitely one of my top first dates.
132m elevation gain