The spring is here, the skies are clear, and the summer is near. What better way to spend your day than to immerse yourself in nature? Just imagine yourself soaking up the sun, bare foot in the grass or toes in the sand, all while taking in the sweet scent of fresh spring flowers. Sounds pretty great, doesn’t it?
Toronto may look like it’s made entirely out of concrete, but there are a few hidden gems in the city where one can immerse themselves in nature! Whether it’s a park, an island, a beach, or a garden – these spots make you feel like you’ve been transported out of the city’s hustle and bustle.
Take a peak at our list of places to immerse yourself in nature below!
It’s always summer at Allen Gardens! This gorgeous conservatory is huge and within the city’s east end – from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., rain or shine. You can explore the stunning trees, succulents, ponds, and flowers – feel like your outdoors while indoors.
Nothing better than a trip to Toronto Island, especially since this year it will be open the entire summer! Sail across the lake to the island, take a bike ride, have a bonfire on the beach or dip your toes in the sand – the options are endless.
Trinity Bellwoods is the ultimate spot for practically everything in the summer – it’s certainly a hub for picnics, hangouts, and lounging in the grass. Bask in the glow of the sun or sit beneath the trees cool shade.
Take a stroll through Edwards Gardens and get wrapped up in the magic of it all. Immerse yourself in the stunning nature and trails this sweet botanical garden has to offer.
Beltline Trails creates an oasis within the city, as it’s a 9 km cycling and walking trail that consists of three sections. Grab your bike or runners and get moving!
High park is the perfect spot to spend on a sunny day, as it’s covered in greenery – and for a short while, cherry blossoms! Take a stroll, pack a picnic, and breathe in the fresh floral air.
This unique spot isn’t far from downtown, and is home to a variety of creatures! The park is designated as an Important Bird Area and Environmentally Significant Area – providing the perfect habitat for wildlife.
Yet another beautiful park in the core of downtown, Grange Park is a relatively new addition to the city and includes a gated dog park, a jungle gym, flowers and trees that provide just the right amount of shade.
On a hot summer day, we can’t think of a better way to spend the day than at the beach. Head to the east end and soak up that summer sun! Dip your toes in the sand, or cool off and dive into the water.
Right on the University of Toronto campus is Queens Park. A gorgeous spot in the core of the city, you can spend the entire day exploring the pretty little nooks and crannies at UofT.
Just a tiny trek outside the city and you can check out Centennial Park Conservatory. It can be accessed between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., plus it’s free and wheelchair accessible.