Toronto may be a city known for its high-rise buildings and iconic skyline, but it’s in no shortage of beautiful green spaces. Whether you’re looking to get active with recreational sports like tennis or softball, are craving a good trail hike, or simply want a nice spot to picnic or read a book, Toronto is home to beautiful parks and gardens that have it all. Check out the 10 best green spaces in and around Toronto.
1. High Park
Located in Toronto’s west end, High Park is a 400-acre, mixed-use green space with forested areas, recreational facilities, and walking trails. Bring your pup to run around the off-leash dog areas and enjoy a walk around Grenadier Pond, the largest pond in Toronto. With baseball diamonds, tennis courts and a large playground, there’s something for everyone at High Park!
2. Trinity Bellwoods
Trinity Bellwoods Park is a staple in Toronto’s Queen West neighbourhood. Known for being a very social and community-based park, it features baseball diamonds, tennis and volleyball courts, an off-leash dog area and lots of space for picnics and group hangouts.
3. Trillium Park
Situated along Toronto’s Waterfront, Trillium Park is 7.5 acres in space and ideal for anyone who loves to walk, jog, cycle, or simply sit and relax. It’s home to William G. Davis Trail, a 1.3 km trail that weaves through the park and connects to Martin Goodman Trail that spans the entire city and beyond.
4. Christie Pits
Christie Pits is located at the intersection of Bloor Street West and Christie Avenue, in the centre of the city. Sunken down below street level, the park is home to picnic and play spaces, three baseball diamonds, a soccer field, basketball and volleyball courts, a skateboard park, swimming pool and splash pad. Head here for sunset dinner or to get use of one of their many amenities.
5. Edwards Gardens
Edwards Gardens is a gorgeous spot to take in nature. Home to the Toronto Botanical Garden, the park features formal gardens and beautiful floral displays. You’ll also find wooden arch bridges and walking trails to enjoy. It’s a serene place to spend a few hours and take in all the beauty it has to offer.
6. Riverdale Park
Riverdale Park spans both sides of the Don Valley River and is known for its jaw dropping skyline view. The park is split into an east and west section, connected by the Riverdale Park Bridge. Riverdale Park West is dedicated to four baseball diamonds and the Riverdale Zoo, while the east side has a running track, outdoor public pool, baseball diamonds and bike trails. Riverdale East is where you’ll get the skyline view, so set up here to get the most out of it.
7. Bluffer’s Park
Bluffer’s Park is about a 30-minute drive from Toronto in Scarborough, and it’s worth the trip. Part of the iconic Scarborough Bluffs, which is home to eleven parks, Bluffer’s Park is one of the most popular spots for both locals and tourists. A true escape from the city, you’ll find walking trails, lookout points, and picnic and beach areas.
8. Centre Island
A short 15-minute ferry ride from downtown Toronto, Centre Island is a popular destination throughout the summer. With picnic and beach areas, walking and cycling trails, and a large pier with 180-degree views of Lake Ontario, you can spend the day taking in all the island has to offer. Not to mention, it has some of the best skyline views of Toronto. You can also check out Ward’s Island and Hanlan’s Point while you’re over there.
9. Rouge National Urban Park
One of Toronto’s best kept secrets, Rouge Park is the largest urban park in North America. Its paths stretch over 40 kilometres, so it’s a great place to hike, as well as camp, fish and swim at the hidden beach. You can also rent a canoe or kayak and head out on the water. 30 minutes from central Toronto, Rouge Park is a great place to get back to nature.
10. Toronto Music Garden
Situated along Toronto’s waterfront, the Toronto Music Garden is a must-visit. The park was inspired by Inspired by Bach, a film series by the world-renowned cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The first part of the series was titled The Music Garden. This beautifully curated green space is the perfect spot to relax, picnic and take in the sounds of the water.