Pan Am Path Archive
This page was set up to ensure that citizens continue to have access to maps, archive documentation of the art projects and, show continued work on the trail. This archive is not maintained by the City of Toronto, the Friends of the Pan Am Path or the numerous artists, local partners and funders that brought the Pan Am Path to life in 2015. Linked and embedded assets are owned by the respective creators. Some linked pages may be out of date or unstable. The City of Toronto is the sole owner of the physical Pan Am Path infrastructure and manages legacy construction.
Trail Users, Advocates & Local Communities
Users of the trail are recommended to visit the City of Toronto’s trail etiquette guide and maps here. Trail users do so at their own risk. Expect an adventure rather than a boutique experience and bring a good map, sunscreen and water. Advocates and communities interested in helping ensure builds are completed can contact their local Councillor. General information can be found by calling 311.
About the Pan Am Path
The Pan Am Path is a multi-use path that connects trails in the GTA as part of the legacy of the 2015 Pan American Games and 2015 Parapan American Games. The path is over 80 kilometres (50 mi) in length, connecting Toronto neighbourhoods.
On July 3, 2013, The city of Toronto’s Executive Committee recommended the path as a legacy project. On July 18, 2013, In a 37-1 vote, Toronto City Council committed to create a continuous trail from Brampton to Rouge River. The original Pan Am Path strategy was to assist the Bikeway Trails Implementation Plan approved by Council on June 6th 2012 by accelerating and funding creation of an east-west connection across the city.
The first section of Pan Am Path, near Cruickshank Park, was completed on June 21, 2014. This was followed by upgrade work on the Lower Don, resurfacing select areas and completion of the trail to the Claireville Reservoir. Updates on the current East Don build can be found here and upgrading the Highland Creek trail here.
Pan Am Path Quotes
“The Pan Am Path is a cornerstone of the 2015 Pan Am / Parapan Am Games legacy. I look forward to its completion
and encourage Torontonians to discover the 80 kilometres of trails spanning across our
Mayor John Tory, 2015
“Connecting art, nature and active living, the Pan Am Path Art Relay linked communities
and showcased our city’s diverse cultural fabric. This kind of bold civic leadership is what makes Ontario a great place to live.”
Mitzie Hunter, MPP
“The Pan Am Path is a civic unity project: a journey to understand more about this place we live.”
Shawn Micallef, Toronto Star, 2015
Founders and Supporters
The six of the seven founding members of the Friends of the Pan Am Path group came from CivicAction‘s DiverseCity Fellows program: Brent Chamberlain, Caitlin McClung, James Gen Meers, Jonathan Asmis, Salim Rachid, and Tanzeel Merchant. Devon Ostrom, a curator, artist and advocate with a history of creating projects in Toronto collaborated with the group in creating this initiative from 2012-2017. Supporters included the Toronto Foundation, Trillium Foundation, City of Toronto, Ontario Attractions Fund, The Toronto Arts Council, ON150, Community Foundations of Canada, Heritage Canada, Trans Canada Trail and Art in the Parks. (With notes from Wikipedia, Nov. 20, 2019)