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A Guide to Toronto Parks

While Toronto can feel like a concrete jungle at times, this beautiful metropolis has also been referred to as “the city of trees.” From small neighbourhood parkettes, to green spaces spanning over 150 hectares, Toronto has an abundance of parks. And what better free entertainment exists than to merrily make your way on over to one of these places? There is none. But before you stumble over to the patch of grass nearest your house, please, consult this helpful list.

Trinity Bellwoods
Let’s just get the obvious one out of the way first. No longer the sketchy place it was in the early 90s, this is the park for all people: mothers with babies, circus enthusiasts learning to tightrope, hipsters, dog walkers, and tennis players. Extra bonus: don’t have a rug to sit on? The Feel Good Guru restaurant on Queen St. W provides blanket rentals free of charge.

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High Park
This park is notable for many things (zoo, Shakespeare plays, and sheer size) but the real highlights are the cherry trees, with their own online blossom countdown.

Christie Pits
Home to multiple summer festivals, free outdoor film screenings, and a community garden, Christie Pits is also a fine destination because of their Sunday baseball games, where a team called the Maple Leafs are known to win.

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Dufferin Grove Park
It’s a park with a pizza oven, camp fire pits, a community garden, an ice rink, and a farmers market. ‘Nuff said.

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Withrow Park
Located in Riverdale, Withrow Park fulfills all your sporty needs with two ball diamonds, a sports field, two outdoor tennis courts, a volleyball court, and an ice rink. There’s also an off-leash dog area for your furry friends to socialize.

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Woodbine Park
Hang out lakeside and take in some tunes this summer at Woodbine Park. Not as flashy as the others on the list, but in July, Afrofest is held there, and the Beaches International Jazz Fest launches at this location too.

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Sunnybrook Park
What used to be a 154-hectare country estate in the 1800s is now one of Toronto largest and most popular parks. Nestled north of Leaside and south of the Bridle Path neighbourhood, Sunnybrook Park is a perfect place to get lost in for the day. There are plenty of grills, sports fields, a café, and a riding school that once served as the Toronto Police horses stable.

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Riverdale Farm
In the heart of Cabbagetown, Riverdale farm represents a small Ontario farm as it would have been at the turn of the 20th century. Channel your pioneer ancestors exploring the grounds then head to the farmers market.

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Guildwood Park
This place is pretty awesome. Its home to elaborate stone work and sculptures, a log cabin from 1795, and a fantastic view of the Scarborough bluffs. It’s also known as a “garden of ruins”.

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Ward’s Island
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and jump across the lake to Ward’s Island. The easternmost point of the Toronto Islands, Ward’s Island is far enough away from Centre Island that you can get a taste of cottage country in the middle of Canada’s biggest city. Bonus: there’s a frolf course.

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Bluffer’s Park
At ‘The Bluffs’ in Scarborough you’ll find some of the most magnificent scenery in Toronto. Spanning 15km along the shoreline, the highest point rises 90 metres above the water. Bluffer’s Park has an upper meadow area perfect for lookouts and the waterfront park with a sandy beach, picnic areas and trails.

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