The Toronto Islands are one of the city’s most treasured green spaces and a popular recreational destination. Located a short ferry ride from downtown, the Islands boast picnic areas, an amusement park, The Franklin Children's Garden, yacht club, restaurants, a farm and much more. Some 325 hectares in size, about 230 hectares are maintained as public parkland.
The City of Toronto has three public conservatories. These botanical jewels showcase diverse plants from around the world. The permanent plant collections are supplemented by beautiful seasonal flower shows throughout the year. Open year-round, conservatories are a great way to experience and learn about nature indoors.
The development of off-road cycling in Toronto is part of a larger trend that has spread around the world, well beyond its origins on the west coast of North America. With two bike parks, another soon to be constructed and 300 km of multi-use dirt trails in forested parkland and ravine areas there are many opportunities for off-road cycling in Toronto.
Rouge Park, one of Toronto's best kept secrets, and Toronto's largest park is becoming Canada's first national urban park.
Fronting on Toronto’s inner harbour, the Toronto Music Garden is one of the city’s most enchanted locations. The park design is inspired by Bach’s First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello, with each dance movement within the suite corresponding to a different section of the garden.
The park, over one-third of which remains in a natural state, is home to many species of wildlife, including birds, fish and animals. Recognized as one of the most significant natural sites within the City of Toronto, the park contains an outstanding concentration of rare plant species. The park offers many popular attractions as well as activities for visitors to enjoy.
Riverdale Farm represents a 19th century Ontario farm. Tour the Farm’s scenic 7.5 acres along pathways through wooded areas, around ponds, and into butterfly-herb-flower-vegetable gardens. Visit the heritage / rare breed farm animals, chat with the farmer during daily chores and explore the historic barns and houses on site. An educational and enchanting site for children and adults of all ages.
Located in Toronto's Inner Harbour, this unique park includes grassy hills, a long sand beach extending along the water's edge, stationary yellow shade umbrellas and Muskoka chairs Billed as 'Toronto's Urban Beach', HTO park is an inviting space that highlights contemporary landscape design.
A sculptural sanctuary, beautiful gardens and a history recounting famous artists, powerful political figures and contributions made to the art community. Although the park is not open to weddings, wedding photography permits are allowed. The backdrops are incredible and out of the ordinary.
Bluffs stretch for about 14km along the Lake Ontario shore, from the Eastern Beaches of Toronto in the west, to West Hill in the east. The Scarborough Bluffs are a significant geological feature resulting from the accumulation of sedimentary deposits over 12,000 years ago. They were formed by the natural processes of wind and water erosion from Lake Ontario.
The Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat is an ecological restoration project that provides critical habitat for a variety of native butterfly species. Located along the shores of Lake Ontario in Toronto’s west end, the Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat incorporates a diversity of native wildflowers, shrubs, trees, grasses, sedges and a variety of physical features known to support butterflies throughout all life cycles
The result of an international design competition, the park celebrates the history of the Village of Yorkville and reflects the diversity of the Canadian landscape. Unusual and popular features include a 700-ton Muskoka granite outcrop, a rain curtain/icicle fountain and gardens featuring distinct plant communities.