Thank you Toronto! Over 75,000 votes were cast and the results are in!
Toronto’s Greenest Choice is an annual online poll that gives residents the opportunity to vote for the businesses, places and things that make Toronto one of the greenest cities in North America. The two-week poll closed on November 11. Winners were decided by popular vote.
Congratulations to our 2019 winners and runners up!


2019 Greenest Choice Awards
Category Winner Details First Runner Up Second Runner Up 
Beach Woodbine Beach Located in the Beach Neighbourhood, Woodbine Beach is a perfect spot for picnics, sunbathing, swimming and well-known for its beach volleyball courts. Hanlan’s Point Beach Kew-Balmy Beach
Hiking Don Valley Brick Works Park  Once a former quarry, Don Valley Brick Works Park is now a City of Toronto flagship natural environment park. High Park Humber River, Old Mill & Marshes 
Day Trip Toronto Island Park Toronto Island Park has activities and attractions for the entire family, including fishing, swimming, bird-watching, amusement park rides, Far Enough Farm, Franklin Children’s Garden and much more. Evergreen Brick Works  Royal Ontario Museum 
City Park High Park High Park is a mix of natural areas, maintained parkland, recreational facilities and attractions, that make for a unique urban park experience that can be enjoyed year-round. Toronto Island Park Trinity Bellwoods Park
Cycling Martin Goodman Trail  The Martin Goodman Trail is part of the Waterfront Trail System, and spans 22 km from east to west along Toronto’s waterfront. Toronto Islands  Lower Don Trail
Farmers’ Market Evergreen – Saturday Farmers’ Market  Toronto’s largest farmers’ market, offers a variety of local and seasonal food. The Stop’s Farmers’ Market  Withrow Park Farmers’ Market 
Coffee Shop/Roaster Balzac’s Coffee Roasters Balzac’s roasts a wide selection of beans in small batches at their Ontario roastery and serves organic, bird-friendly and Fairtrade coffees. Jimmy’s Coffee  Rooster Coffee House
Sustainable Butcher Rowe Farms  Rowe Farms offers sustainably raised, locally grown, minimally processed and organic foods. The Healthy Butcher  Sanagan’s Meat Locker 
Organic Grocer The Big Carrot The Big Carrot is a worker-owned natural food market that has been committed to local, organic, non-GMO and sustainable food systems since 1983. Whole Foods Market  Fiesta Farms 
Seafood Store Hooked – Kensington With four Toronto locations, Hooked supports responsible fishing practices and promotes a direct relationships between fisher and consumer. Diana’s Seafood Delight  De la Mer – Roncesvalles 
Vegetarian or Vegan Restaurant Fresh For more than 20 years, Fresh is Toronto’s original source for modern vegan and vegetarian food. Planta Hogtown Vegan 
FeastON Restaurants Le Select Bistro Le Sélect supports sustainable farming and fisheries, food grown without pesticides or synthetic fertilizers, food bred without hormones, growth promotants or antibiotics. Brickworks Ciderhouse  360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower
Craft Brewery Bellwoods Brewery  Bellwoods began as a small brewery and pub in downtown Toronto, it now has two locations, employs approx. 40 people and is exporting its beers outside Ontario. Left Field Brewery Junction Craft Brewing
Grown at Home Basil Easy to grow on balconies, decks and yards, this popular herb is a great source of vitamin K and vitamin A. Tomatoes Mint
Playground Jamie Bell Adventure Park A large playground located in High Park that includes a wooden castle, swings, slides and much more. Dufferin Grove Park Playground  Kew Gardens Playground 
Festivals & Events Doors Open Toronto  The annual event lets participants see inside more than 150 architecturally, historically, culturally and socially significant buildings across Toronto. Pride Festival  Nuit Blanche Toronto 
Sharing and/or Second Hand Value Village Value Village is a for-profit, global thrift retailer offering great quality, gently used clothing, accessories and household goods. The Salvation Army Thrift Store  Habitat for Humanity 
Vintage and Consignment Black Market Clothing  Located on Queen Street West for over 30 years, Black Market Clothing sells curated vintage, printed t-shirts, accessories and alternative clothing. Courage My Love  Common Sort 
Dog off-leash areas High Park High Park is home to large off-leash area, that includes a space known as ‘Dog Hill’. Cherry Beach Off-Leash Dog Park  Trinity Bellwoods Park – Dog Bowl 
Bike Shop MEC MEC (Mountain Equipment Co-op) is Canada’s go-to place for outdoor gear, including bike sales and service. Sweet Pete’s Bike Shop  The CyclePath Danforth 
Toronto’s Best View Riverdale Park East  This 18-hectare park near Danforth Avenue and Broadview Avenue is popular for winter tobogganing and views of downtown Toronto skyline. Ward’s Island Ferry Dock  Bluffers Park Lookout 
Native Tree Red Maple The red maple is found across Toronto. It is a beautiful medium-sized shade tree that can grow up to 25 metres tall. Sugar Maple Redbud
Urban Wildlife Raccoon These playful and sometimes naughty masked bandits have successfully adapted to life in our city. Chipmunk Eastern Cottontail
Bird Northern Cardinal A beautiful medium-sized songbird. Males are bright red with a black mask around their red bill, females are olive brown with red on their wings, tail, and crest, and a red bill. Blue Jay Red Tailed Hawk
Garden Escape Allan Gardens Conservatory  This indoor botanical garden features six greenhouses that showcase a wide variety of plants, such as orchids, bananas, cacti, hibiscus and many more. Edwards Gardens / Toronto Botanical Gardens  Evergreen Brick Works – Plant Positivity Gardens 
Pollinator-friendly Flower Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) A hardy native plant that blooms for long periods and thrives in sunny locations. Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) Clematis
Winter Fun Skating in Nathan Phillips Square  Toronto’s premiere outdoor skating location offers skate rentals, lockers and views of City Hall. Allan Gardens Conservatory Cavalcade of Lights 

Toronto’s Greenest Choice asks Torontonians to vote for their favourite businesses, places and things that are helping to make Toronto a great, green city.

The City of Toronto makes no endorsement, representation or warranty, express or implied, relating to the competence, quality, or suitability of any business or place part of Toronto’s Greenest Choice. It is the responsibility of the user to perform due diligence into the merits of the businesses, places or things that are part of Toronto’s Greenest Choice.

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2018 Greenest Choice Awards
Category Winner Runners Up
Beach Woodbine Beach Bluffer’s Park Beach

Ward’s Island Beach

Bike Shop MEC Sweet Pete’s Bike Shop

Duke’s Cycle

Bird Blue Jay Northern Cardinal

Red-Tailed Hawk

Brewery Steam Whistle Brewery Amsterdam Brewing Co.

Bellwoods Brewery

Bike Trail Toronto Island Park Martin Goodman Trail

Humber River Trail

City Park High Park Toronto Island Park

Trinity Bellwoods Park

Coffee Balzac’s Coffee Roasters Birds and Beans

Propeller Coffee

Day Trip Toronto Island Park Evergreen Brick Works

Edwards Gardens/ Toronto Botanical Gardens

Eco-conscious Clothing MEC Preloved

Logan & Finley

Eco-friendly Baby and Kids MEC Baby on the Hip

Mini Mioche

Farmers’ Market St. Lawrence Market Dufferin Grove Organic Farmers Market

Saturday Farmers Market at Evergreen Brick Works

FeastON Restaurant 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower Le Select Bistro

Richmond Station

Garden Escape Allan Gardens Conservatory Edwards Gardens / Toronto Botanical Gardens

Toronto Music Garden

Grown at Home Tomatoes Hot Peppers


Hiking Trail High Park Don Valley Brick Works Park

Rouge Park

Native Tree Red Maple Sugar Maple


Organic Food Delivery Mama Earth Organics Fresh City Farms

The Healthy Butcher

Organic Grocer The Big Carrot Fiesta Farms

The Sweet Potato

Seafood Store Hooked The Big Carrot – Danforth Community Market

Seafront Fish Market

Sharing and/or Second Hand Value Village The Salvation Army Thrift Store

Habitat for Humanity ReStore

Sustainable Butcher Rowe Farms The Healthy Butcher

The Friendly Butcher

Urban Wildlife Chipmunk Raccoon

Eastern Cottontail

Vegetarian or Vegan Restaurant Fresh Kupfert & Kim


Wet Cleaner Riverdale Cleaners Glenforest Cleaners
Vintage and Consignment Courage My Love Kind Exchange