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The TORONTO CARRYING-PLACE TRAIL, also known as the HUMBER PORTAGE and the TORONTO PASSAGE, was a major portage route in Ontario
Ontario
, Canada, linking Lake Ontario
Ontario
with Lake Simcoe and the northern Great Lakes . The name comes from the Mohawk term _toron-ten_, meaning "the place where the trees grow over the water", an important landmark on Lake Simcoe through which the trail passed.

From Lake Ontario, the trail ran northward along the eastern bank of the Humber River . It forked at Woodbridge , with one path crossing the east branch of the Humber and running along the west side of the river to the vicinity of Kleinburg , where it crossed the river again. This trail was probably used during the seasons when the water was low enough to ford. The other path of the fork followed the east side of the river and angled cross-country to King Creek , joining the other fork before crossing the river near Nobleton , some 50 kilometres (31 mi) north of Lake Ontario. From there it runs north over the Oak Ridges Moraine to the western branch of the Holland River , and from there north-east into Lake Simcoe some 80 kilometres (50 mi) north.

A second route of the trail runs from Lake