Toronto parks to check out this year before summer ends

Aug 10 2020, 2:14 pm

With so much to explore in Toronto this summer, days in the park can serve as a much-needed cure for the indoor blues some might have experienced recently.

Stepping out of the concrete jungle and into Toronto’s green pastures, lakeside views, and beautiful sunsets just seem right.

They can all be reached by a quick bike ride, hop on the TTC, or on a nice walk.

Although the park can seem enticing for a gathering, social distancing rules are still in effect and there are social distancing circles in some parks to make it easier for everyone.

Colonel Samuel Smith Park

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Located in south Etobicoke, this park offers bird watching, fishing, and a beautiful scenic view through its many trails. Walk far enough and you can even catch a nice shot of the Toronto skyline.

There’s an off-leash dog area as well.

Where: 3145 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Etobicoke

Toronto Music Garden

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Adequately named, this park is designed in reference to Bach’s First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello. Each section of the garden is based on dance movements within the suite.

Normally throughout the summer, residents can enjoy free classical performances. This musical museum of a park is perfect for days you just want to relax and take in the sun.

Where: 479 Queens Quay West, Toronto

King’s Mill Park

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You can enjoy the beauty of Humber River at King’s Mill Park through many bike and walking trails running from Lake Ontario and into the northern region of Toronto.

Canoe and kayak rentals are available for those seeking the thrill of an adventure.

Although rental times may vary, this park is open 24 hours.

Where: 3145 Lake Shore Boulevard West, Etobicoke

Christie Pits Park

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Found across from Christie Station, Christie Pits is just a short walk, bike, transit ride away from the Downtown core, and the perfect spot for a nice picnic.

There are three baseball diamonds, large green pastures, basketball and volleyball courts, a splash pad, and a community garden among other amenities.

Where: 750 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Humber Bay Park East

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Humber Bay Park, split in two by Mimico Creek offers scenic views of the Toronto skyline.
Although the west might be slightly larger, the east side offers The Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat where there are native wildflowers, trees, and plants that help support butterflies throughout their lives.

There’s also a trail for a nice evening stroll.

Where: 100 Humber Bay Park Road West, Etobicoke

Marilyn Bell Park

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Within the many parks located along Lakeshore, you can find Marilyn Bell Park. Although the park is fairly small, it was dedicated to a girl from Toronto who swam across Lake Ontario back in 1984 at just 16. She was the first person to do so.

The historical story can serve as a great conversation starter during a picnic or a stroll down the Lakeshore trail.

Where: 1095 Lakeshore Boulevard West, Toronto

Trinity Bellwoods Park

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This infamous park throughout the pandemic left many residents concerned, confused, and downright disgusted after people started gathering in large groups and making a mess of the place.

Now with social distancing circles to ensure everyone’s safety, this local and trendy park is just a short distance away from downtown and is a definite go-to for residents looking to hang out and relax.

Where: 790 Queen Street West, Toronto

Riverdale Park East 

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With enough space to really distance yourself from others, Riverdale Park East gives you the perfect view of the Toronto skyline, perfect for pictures.

The park has several sport fields, tennis courts, running track, and ball hockey pad among others. There are also a few trails nearby for a nice brisk walk.

Where: 550 Broadview Avenue, Toronto

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