With over 1,500 parks that cover more than 8,000 hectares of land, it’s important that we are mindful of others and the impact we have on our parks and natural green spaces. Park etiquette and bylaws are intended to ensure the safety of visitors, to protect the park land and ensure everyone has an enjoyable experience.
Drinking and serving alcohol is not permitted in parks or on beaches except in designated areas, authorized by permit and approved by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario.
Drones are popular for many photography and videography enthusiasts and professionals; however, they pose a risk and can disturb wildlife and visitors. All city parks are “no drone zones” for recreational use. Please leave your drone at home.
Setting off personal fireworks in parks and on beaches is not permitted. This includes ravines, trails and environmentally significant areas. Instead, attend public firework displays put on by certified technicians who are trained to handle them.
Learn about the safe use and disposal of fireworks.
Be considerate of everyone around you and make sure you don’t disturb visitors or make it difficult for them to use or enjoy the park. Don’t throw or place anything that could injure someone or damage property.
We have waste bins in place to make disposing of your trash as easy as possible.
Make sure you dispose of your waste in the appropriate bin. If a bin is full, please find another one close by or take it home with you. Don’t leave anything behind.
Report hazardous debris/garbage to 311 for clean-up.
Those found littering will face fines up to $500.
All multi-use trail users have a responsibility to be considerate and respectful of all park and trail users. The following tips are provided to help ensure that all users have an enjoyable and safe experience:
Carry Out What You Carry In
Stay on the Trails
Respect the Weather and Trail Conditions
Share the Trail
Control Your Pet
Building beautiful naturalized areas takes time and care. It also needs time to regenerate after an extreme weather event or intense human activity. Ensure our natural landscapes, horticultural beds, trees and turf remains healthy and viable by leaving the flora and fauna in place, minimizing compaction around the trees, and filling in pits found in turf.
Loud music and unreasonable noise can disturb the experience of other visitors. Keep noise levels including music from portable speakers to a reasonable volume so everybody can enjoy nature’s own soundtrack.
We want all park users to share and use picnic areas and sports fields fairly. For large-scale gatherings, events or picnics over 25 people, a permit is required. This also includes organized sports and activities.
Some permits have fees and in some cases, permits may require the permit holder to have insurance. The person who has taken out the permit should make sure that the rules are followed and have a copy of the permit available.
Permit groups take precedent over recreational use.
Learn how to make a one-time booking or seasonal/league booking in parks and recreation facilities
Pet owners and their pets are welcome in our parks and on trails. It’s important to keep in mind that other visitors and wildlife may not be comfortable around your pet.
For a tail-wagging-worthy experience:
To run your dogs off-leash, visit a dogs off-leash area.
We encourage everyone to take photos and videos of our landscapes, gardens and city skylines. Leave all rocks, shells, flowers and other natural objects where you found them.
Learn more about ethical wildlife photography.
There are many parks in the city that make the perfect backdrop for your photo session. To secure a spot, book space for wedding ceremonies and commercial photography.
Our parks have picnic areas, barbeques, fire pits and bake ovens that can be booked throughout the year. Booking one of these spaces ensures that you have this specific area to enjoy with your friends and family.
Book a picnic area, fire pit, barbeque or bake oven.
Learn how to safely use a bake oven.
Weekends at popular destination parks can be busy with limited access to parking and park space. Visiting on a weekday will make for a less crowded and more enjoyable visit. Take public transit to avoid the frustration of trying to find a parking space and make them available for those who need them.
All Toronto parks are closed between midnight and 5:30 a.m.
Smoking tobacco, cannabis or using electronic cigarettes are not permitted in certain areas of Toronto parks and within 9 metres of the perimeter, including:
Tents take up a lot of space on beaches and in parks. Consider bringing an umbrella or taking advantage of the shade of a tree. Our Be Sun Safe program provides free sunscreen at parks across the city.
Camping overnight is not allowed.
Driving safely in our parks means keeping these important driving and cycling tips in mind:
Enjoy wildlife from a distance. Whether you met an animal at one of our animal attractions or discovered an animal in an open space, bring your binoculars or a telephoto lens for your camera to capture a photo instead. Approaching wild animals is not only dangerous for you and your pet, but it also puts wildlife at risk. Also, animal diets are different than ours, so keep our human food way from the animals.
Learn about wildlife in the city.