A Roundup of Toronto’s Best Parks
Whether you make it out to only one or two or take a grand tour of the 8,000 hectares of parkland spread across the city, these outdoor oases are some of the best ways to see another side of Toronto, especially in autumn season.
Christie Pits: The Athlete
750 Bloor St. West
Several sports courts, soccer fields, and an outdoor swimming pool make Christie Pits the ideal place to put your athletic skills to the test. After you’ve exhausted yourself with a game of pickup baseball or basketball, the picnic areas that cover much of the park’s 8.9 hectares provide an ideal resting spot to refuel before going back for round two.
Queen’s Park: The Intellectual
111 Wellesley St. West
Adjacent to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Queen’s Park mixes politics and plant life. Statues of some of the country’s most prominent political and academic figures like Prime Minister Sir John A. MacDonald and poet Al Purdy dot the lawns of this downtown Toronto park. With neighbours like the Royal Ontario Museum, Gardiner Museum, and the University of Toronto, Queen’s Park is in good company.
Trinity Bellwoods: The Hipster
790 Queen St. West
Trinity Bellwoods park is perhaps best known as a haven for Toronto’s hipsters. Every summer, flocks of Toronto’s coolest residents come from all over the city to fill its fields, in an influx of stylish cyclists and amateur photographers picking the perfect filter to use over photos of the latest food fad. But amongst the cool crowd, you’ll also find families enjoying the playground, locals letting their dogs off-leash (in designated areas), and musicians tuning up for an impromptu set year-round.
Trillium Park: The Innovator
955 Lake Shore Blvd. West
Built on the site of what was once Ontario Place, Trillium Park offers a new take on an old locale. The winding walking and cycling paths of the William G. Davis Trail coiling around rolling hills might not offer the same thrill as Ontario Place’s waterslides, but with a vast waterfront to walk and views of the Toronto Harbour, Trillium Park has its own appeal. Whether you’re sitting in an open-air pavilion, or perched on a rocky outcropping, this park offers an ideal vantage point to sit back and watch the boats sail by or the planes arrive and depart at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
High Park: The Overachiever
1873 Bloor St. West
If you’re looking for a park that can truly claim to have it all, High Park is your best bet. From the shores of Grenadier Pond, where amateur anglers can be seen dropping a line, to the habitats of the High Park Zoo, where animal inhabitants like capybaras and emus watch passing park-goers, this vast green space takes more than one visit to see fully.
Luckily, if you get tired somewhere between touring the historic Colborne Lodge and swimming or skating your way through the park’s sports facilities, you can take a break at the park’s very own restaurant the Grenadier Café. Classic North American fare like burgers and fries provide a much-needed pick-me-up before setting out on High Park’s varied trails.