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Six Best Nature Destinations In Toronto

The evergrowing city of Toronto is filled with exciting opportunities that come with living in a large metropolitan. Life in a large city like Toronto is one that is often fast-paced and thrill-seeking, which makes it increasingly important to find moments to slow down and reconnect. 

Exploring lively greenspaces and nature make for excellent environments to slow down, breathe in some much-needed fresh air, and embrace the beauty that lives outside of the skyscrapers and city lights. 

For this reason, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best nature destinations to explore in the City of Toronto. 

  1. Toronto Islands Park

Starting off strong, the City of Toronto is lucky to have a few different islands on Lake Ontario to explore and reconnect with nature. The Toronto Islands Park is made up of several islands including Centre Island, Ward’s Island, and Hanlans Point. 

Not only is the Toronto Island Park abundant with thriving green nature during the spring and summer seasons but also include sandy beaches bordering Lake Ontario. 

Activities to be sure to include in your Toronto Island adventure include birdwatching, picnics, swimming, boating, trail-hiking, boating and fishing.

The Toronto Island Park can be accessed by a quick ferry ride that boasts beautiful views of the city’s skyline. 

  1. High Park

High Park is well-known to be the city’s largest public park with plenty of features that include hiking trails, a dog park, a zoo, sports facilities, and playgrounds. 

If you are craving an escape from the city, a walk alongside the waterfront of Grenadier Pond will clear your mind from the noise of honking cars and sirens. Grenadier Pond can be found in the west side of High Park and is an excellent destination for runners and hikers alike. 

If exploring High Park during the late-spring time, be sure to check out the breathtaking and sweet-smelling Sakura cherry blossom trees that bloom during the months of  April and May. 

With convenient parking locations and easy-access to public transit, High Park makes for a great nature destination to check out in the city. 

  1. Trinity Bellwoods Park

Located at 790 Queen St West in the West-end of the downtown core, Trinity Bellwood’s Park is a resident favourite greenspace that is worth checking out especially during the summer months of the year.

Spanning over fourteen and a half acres, this park features eight tennis courts, three baseball diamonds, two volleyball courts and a childrens playground.

 Trinity Bellwood’s is also an excellent destination for local residents to hike, walk dogs, and picnic with friends. 

  1. Evergreen Brickworks

A hidden gem in the heart of Toronto’s ravines, Evergreen Brickworks—also known as Toronto’s backyard— connects nature with community and is made up of a collection of heritage buildings.  Open daily and year-round, there are plenty of activities for city residents to take part in, including the Saturday Farmers Market which runs every Saturday from 9am-1pm, a public skating rink during the winter season, and live music events. 

This former quarry and industrial site located on the Don Valley River also makes for a beautiful venue for lovebirds looking to lock in their vows in one of the cities most luscious and lively green spaces. 

  1. Woodbine Beach and Park

A well-known and popular site for Toronto residents, Woodbine Beach features a 15.2 hectare park with 3 kilometres of sandy beaches along the waterfront of Lake Ontario. 

The largest beach of the four beaches of Toronto, Woodbine beach makes for an excellent destination for those looking to sunbathe, picnic, swim, bike, or trail hike. 

  1. Sunnyside Park

Situated in the west end of Toronto along the lakeshore of Lake Ontario, Sunnyside Park is a beautiful nature destination to catch sunrise and sunsets alongside the city’s waterfront. 

The city park includes the Martin Goodman Trail for cyclists and runners and a beachside cafe, making this park an excellent destination for families, couples and friends. 

Whether you’re looking to explore some nature after a busy work week or step outside for an afternoon walk – we are certain you will enjoy any of these nature destinations home to the city of Toronto.

Arnav Khosla | Contributing Writer

Summer 2024

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