The weather is getting nicer, and with the pandemic still in full swing, it’s time to grab your mask, grab a picnic blanket, and meet up with some pals from a distance!
We’ve put together a list of some of the best parks in the city where you can safely meet up with friends from six feet apart, all while soaking in the sun.
Check out the best parks to have a distanced hang out in Toronto below.
This small but mighty location feels like it’s right out of a scene from a rom com in New York. Located in the middle of a quiet neighbourhood, you’re sure to spot some sweet scenes of friends enjoying the sun and fresh air in this flat park. With a baseball diamond, tennis courts, and tons of picnic tables to choose from, you’re sure to find the perfect spot to set up camp with a pal for a distanced hang out.
Not only is High Park packed with some of the most beautiful cherry blossom trees in the city, but this huge west end park is full of lush, grassy spots that are perfect for hanging out with pals at a distance. Plus, on top of all that, there’s a free zoo located within the park where you can put on a mask and gawk at some animals.
Riverdale Park East
Riverdale Park East boasts an unmatched view of the city skyline and tons of grassy real estate to choose from. With bike trails, tennis courts, off-leash dog areas, and picnic grounds, you’re sure to find a great spot to meet up with a friend in the summer sun while staying safe.
Located across from Christie station, Christie Pits Park is a pretty expansive green space in the heart of the west end. This buzzing summer hub is the perfect place for a day outside, with a baseball diamond, basketball court, fire pit, sports field, playground, and more, there’s tons of spots for you to set up camp with a friend from a distance.
Just south of Christie Pits is Bickford Park, a hilly, rollicking green space that you’ll find a little quieter than its northern neighbour. This 2.8-hectare park boasts two baseball diamonds, a fenced Dogs Off-Leash Area, and tons of grassy patches to choose from. Plus, it’s located right near the Bickford Centre, which has some stunning murals you can stroll by to check out some art!
Escape the bustling, crowded nature of the city at Morningside Park, which features a variety of picnic areas, walking and biking trails, and a splashpad. Although it’s a little far from the city center, as it’s located in Scarborough, this picturesque park has a creek running throughout eroded cliffs and an expansive forest, making for a stunning location to get some fresh air.
Dufferin Grove Park
Dufferin Grove Park is a lush little haven in the middle of the city. Located across from the Dufferin Mall, just off the subway station, you’ll find tons of amenities throughout this grassy space, including picnic sites, fire pits, a sports field, a basketball court, and a skateboard park.
If you’re looking to go on a distanced walk, Sunnybrook Park is the go-to spot for hikers. With a variety of trails intertwining throughout the park that offer up views of peaceful wooded areas and beautiful, flowing rivers, you’re sure to find a serene spot to take a break and six feet apart from a buddy.