Parks, Forestry & Recreation
A City Within a Park
Toronto has more than 1,500 parks with numerous open spaces and 600 km of trails. The parks system covers 8,000 hectares, or roughly 13% of the city's land area. It includes about 40% of Toronto's natural areas, many of which lie within the ravine system and along the Lake Ontario shoreline. City parks also feature beaches, playgrounds, sports fields, gardens, conservatories, ice rinks, special events and much more for you to enjoy.
University Avenue features one of Toronto's best known public gardens. Eleven median islands in the centre of this busy thoroughfare are planted with flowering bulbs, ornamental grasses, flowers, shrubs and trees that add colour and character to the downtown core. For 2015, the gardens have been planted with a vibrant Pan Am Games colour theme. The gardens are at peak bloom this month.
New signs have been posted to show where fishing is allowed at Grenadier Pond, and to remind people to fish responsibly. To fish anywhere in the city you'll need a valid Outdoors Card and a fishing license tag, both available from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. Visit our Fishing in Toronto web page for details and learn more about the great fishing to be had in the city.