Now more than ever, Torontonians will benefit from staying active this winter. Toronto has much to offer, and traditional summer activities can be extended year-round.
The City of Toronto will be providing winter maintenance on select pathways across the city. These pathways will provide residents with an opportunity for longer walks during the winter months.
The City is not able to maintain all pathways in all parks during the winter due to factors including the type of surface material and whether the pathway is located in an Environmentally Sensitive Area.
Additionally, there are eight marked, unmaintained snow loops on the City’s golf courses for walking or snowshoeing.
This winter, walk or snowshoe at five City golf courses. Eight snow loops are available with loops ranging from 1 to 2.5 km to explore and enjoy:
Washrooms are available within Golf Course Buildings.
City golf courses are accessible by TTC.
Located slightly west of Renforth Drive and north of Rathburn Road, this 213-hectare park is the largest park in the City of Toronto.
Centennial Park – Etobicoke offers an outdoor fitness area, several playgrounds, a number of ponds for wildlife viewing and more.
Chalkfarm Park, Heathrow Park and Giovanni Caboto Park are located north of Wilson Avenue, on both sides of Jane Street. Follow the Black Creek from the north end of Chalkfarm Park through Heathrow Park to the eastern edge of Giovanni Caboto Park.
At Chalkfarm Park, the tennis courts are open during the winter and there is outdoor fitness equipment available. All three parks have playgrounds.
High Park offers multiple playgrounds, two skating rinks, a large dog off-leash area and two tennis sets of courts. This park has large open areas for other winter and snow activities. There are lots of horticultural displays along the winter-maintained paths.
There is a dog off-leash area in Humber Bay Park West. The winds can be cold and strong as they blow in off the lake, so make sure you dress appropriately.
These parks are located on the east side of Bathurst Street at Sheppard Avenue West.
Earl Bales Park has three playgrounds and a dog off-leash area. The Hinder Area is part of an extensive forested ravine system that helps support wildlife in the area. Both areas are good for bird watching.
Edwards Gardens is located at the corner of Lawrence Avenue East and Leslie Street.
This area is part of the Don River West Branch, so expect to find a fair amount of wildlife. There are lots of horticultural displays along the winter-maintained paths.
Some walkways may be in Environmentally Significant Areas and will not be winter-maintained.
G. Ross Lord Park is a large park located along Dufferin Street between Finch Avenue and Steeles Avenue.
This park has a dog off-leash area. Walk east along the winter-maintained trails to Harryetta Gardens Park to continue your walk north along winter-maintained walkways to Steeles Avenue.
This paved walking/cycling trail is located within a hydro corridor between Norfinch Drive in Etobicoke York to Talbot Road, west of Yonge Street.
Part of the Trail east of Yonge Street, between Willowdale Avenue and Pineway Boulevard, is an Environmentally Significant Area and will not be winter-maintained
This area is part of the Don River West Branch, so expect to find a fair amount of wildlife.
Some walkways in the northern part of Wilket Creek Park are part of an Environmentally Significant Area and are not winter maintained
This route offers outdoor fitness equipment, playgrounds and many open spaces. There is a dog off-leash area at Thomson Memorial Park.
Bluffer’s Park is located at the southern end of Brimley Road, next to the shores of Lake Ontario.
Bluffer’s Park is a good spot to view Scarborough Bluffs.
This paved pathway/cycling trail in a hydro corridor is located east of L’Amoreaux Sports Complex, between Silver Star Boulevard and Middlefield Road.
This part of the Meadoway is located between Victoria Park Avenue and Scarborough Golf Club Road.
The Meadoway is a stretch of urban greenspace and meadowlands that connects downtown Toronto to Rouge National Urban Park.
Milliken Park is located at the southeast corner of Steeles Avenue East and McCowan Road.
This park has two separate playgrounds and lots of open space.
Port Union Village Common Park is located along the shores of Lake Ontario at the east end of Scarborough.
This park has a small playground. Non-winter-maintained trails can extend about 2.5 kilometres to Rouge Beach Park, or two kilometres to the winter-maintained parking lot in Eastpoint Park. Ice can build up near the shore so proceed with caution.
Kew Gardens is located south of Queen Street East along Lee Avenue in the Beach neighbourhood.
Kew Gardens has:
Kew Gardens has a dog off-leash area on the beach.
The Martin Goodman Trail heads east or west from Kew Gardens and has
There is no heated shelter and very limited shelter options in the winter, so dress appropriately.
Trinity Bellwoods Park is located at the north end of Strachan Avenue, between Queen Street West and Dundas Street West.
This park has a dog off-leash area, outdoor fitness equipment, a skating rink, a playground, tennis courts and many open areas.
Withrow Park is located just south of Danforth Avenue between Logan Avenue and Carlaw Avenue.
This park has a skating rink, outdoor fitness equipment, a playground, open tennis courts and many open areas.