The best Toronto parks to visit this summer

Jul 3 2020, 7:37 am

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Toronto is full of vibrant green spaces for residents to enjoy, offering an eco-friendly way to spend time in the city.

Most are accessible by public transit, cycling or car.

When a vacation or a day trip isn’t in the cards, packing a picnic, planning a hike, or hopping on your bike for a little cruise makes for a sweet staycation.

Just remember, when meeting with others who aren’t in your social circle, remember to keep six feet apart and to have gatherings no bigger than 10 people.

Tommy Thompson Park

View of Toronto from Tommy Thompson Park. (Artem Zavarzin/ Shutterstock)

This man-made peninsula by the waterfront is a great spot for hiking or cycling. The largest existing natural habitat on the Toronto waterfront, you’ll find sand dunes, cottonwood forests, coastal marshes, and cottonwood forests.

The park is open weekday evenings from 4 pm to 9 pm and weekends from 5:30 am to 9 pm.

Rouge National Urban Park

Rouge National Park. (NelzTabcharani316/Shutterstock)

Canada’s first National Urban Park has a ton to offer and now certain and greenspaces are open again, but the Vista Trail is still closed.

The large park is right by the Toronto Zoo, and just a quick drive from the city. Enjoy the great outdoors with some beautiful trails less than an hour away from Toronto.

The park is open 24 hours.

Trinity Bellwoods

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Trinity Bellwood’s Park. (Sascha Badwah/Shutterstock)

While Trinity Bellwoods park is a Toronto-classic, it also has garnered some negative press during the pandemic. So while it’s safe to enjoy a picnic with some friends, if they’re not in your social circle you must remain six feet apart. And only, up to 10 people can meet.

But if you’re craving some green space while still in the downtown, Trinity Bellwoods has you covered.

The park is open 24 hours.

High Park

Trail along the Grenadier Pond, at High Park. (Jon Bilous/Shutterstock)

You can easily spend the whole day in High Park if you wanted to. Cool off in the outdoor pool, go for a bike ride, let the dog run free in the off-leash area, or bring a picnic.

Unlike Bellwoods, there are lots of shady areas and it’s much, much bigger.

The park is open 24 hours.

Evergreen Brickworks

Evergreen Brick Works food events

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Brickworks is another great spot in the city where you can spend the whole day.

The park has continued their Saturday farmer’s market in a new and safe way, where you can now preorder and pick up your produce. And, if you want a nice walk, you can go through the Don River Valley Park.

The park is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm.

Bluffer’s Park and Beach

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Bluffer’s Park Beach in Toronto/Shutterstock

Bluffer’s Park, in Scarborough, is definitely one of the more scenic spots to hang out in Toronto. You can relax by the beach, hike up to one of the lookouts, and sit down for a picnic, all next to sparkly blue water and gorgeous cliffs that’ll make you forget your just steps away from Toronto’s city centre.

Ontario Place Trillium Park 

Ontario Place Trillium Park. (Alessandro Cancian/Shutterstock)

Trillium Park is a provincial park in Toronto owned and operated by the Government of Ontario, with various provincial landscapes inspired the park design.
The William G. Davis Trail passes through the park connecting it to the Martin Goodman Trail, offering a scenic walk right in the heart of the city.
The park is open 6 am to 11 pm daily.