Toronto Parks and Gardens

(Toronto, Ontario - ON, Canada)

If you are looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown Toronto, visitors to the city of Toronto never have to look far for gardens, parks or simply a green patch. Toronto is home to an abundance of parks and gardens encompassing vast areas of shoreline, woodland, creeks and local wildlife.

Many recreational activities also feature highly in Toronto's parks, with everything from tennis, cycling and swimming to baseball, jogging and softball on offer. With no shortage of areas in which to enjoy the natural beauty of the city, holiday makers will find Toronto offers a delightful balance of nature versus urbanization. Here are Toronto's main parks and gardens.

Ashbridge's Bay Park

Address: Lakeshore Boulevard East, Coxwell Road, Toronto, Ontario, M4M 1B4, (ON) Canada
Tel: +1 416 392 8186
Bursting with everyone from dog walkers and cyclists to rollerbladers, this parkland area of the Beaches is hugely popular among the fashionable and free-spirited. Encompassing large stretches beach and boardwalk, the area is regularly host to summertime sporting competitions and Toronto music festivals. Visitors to the city can soak up the greenery and make use of the park's fire-pits and picnic areas, while additional facilities include public toilets, drinking fountains, parking and a boat launch.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

High Park

Address: 1873 Bloor Street West, Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2N2, (ON) Canada
Tel: +1 416 392 1111
Covering nearly 400 acres / 160 hectares, this luscious parkland offers a feast of opportunities for outdoor pursuits including swimming, ice skating, baseball, tennis and walking, with plentiful nature trails. In addition to the recreational activities on offer, visitors come to Toronto's High Park to enjoy its pretty woodland and picnic areas, and to tour the park's very own zoo and greenhouse. Outdoor theater performances are also a regular occurrence here in the summer months.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Thomson Memorial Park

Address: Lawrence Avenue, Brimley Road, Toronto, Ontario, M1P 4N7, (ON) Canada
Tel: +1 416 396 7406
Named after the Thomson family, who were among the first settlers in the Scarborough area of Toronto in 1796, the Thomson Memorial Park is most well-known for being home to the fascinating Scarborough Historical Museum. Visitors to the museum can trace the history of the area, while the park grounds offer everything from tennis courts and soccer fields to softball diamonds and a petting zoo. Families can enjoy the public picnic areas provided, while children can cool off in the wading pool.
Open hours: daily - 24 hours
Admission: free

Trinity Bellwoods Park

Address: 790 Queen Street West, Strachan, Toronto, Ontario, M5H 2N2, (ON) Canada
Tel: +1 416 392 1111
Primarily known as one of the best place to come and play tennis in the city of Toronto, Trinity Bellwoods Park is home to a total of eight tennis courts, the use of which is open to the public. The courts are categorized into two groups, with one set of courts available for use free of charge for a 30-minute period.
Open hours: Monday to Friday - 09:00 to 17:00
Admission: free

Toronto Sculpture Garden

Address: 115 King Street East, Church Street, Toronto, Ontario, M5C 1G6, (ON) Canada
Tel: +1 416 485 9658
Located just across from St. James Cathedral, this refreshing and imaginative garden is the perfect place to retreat from the urban jungle for a few hours. Hosting dozens of sculptures set amid beautiful flora and fauna, the Toronto Sculpture Garden is not only a good place to relax and admire art, but is also host to an acclaimed restaurant, which overlooks the garden.
Open hours: daily - 08:00 to dusk
Admission: free