Parks, Forestry & Recreation

Earl Bales Park

Address: 4169 BATHURST ST Map It

Earl Bales Park is named after Robert Earl Bales, a former Reeve (Mayor) of the Township of North York. This park is situated on lands once owned and farmed by his great-grandfather John Bales. In the early 1900's, after a century as a farm, the land was turned into the York Downs Golf and Country Club. You can still see a few of the old tees and greens as you wander through the park today.

Earl Bales Park is spread across 127 acres (51 hectares) and features a dogs off-leash area, playgrounds, a sensory garden, splash pad, outdoor amphitheatre, memorials, paved walking/cycling trails, picnic sites and fire pits.

The park has one of the two Ski & Snowboard Centres run by the City of Toronto. Recent upgrades to the ski chalet and an addition of a quad chair lift have made for a more enjoyable skiing and snowboarding experience on the hills.

The Earl Bales Community Centre offers a wide variety of programs for all ages.

Special Features
SCENIC VIEW - Picnic areas are a great place to watch a sunset.

  • Ward: 10
  • District: North York
  • TTC Information: Travel to Sheppard Station. Board the 196B York University Rocket and travel to Bathurst. Walk south to 4169 Bathurst. Or take the Bathurst 160 bus from Wilson station, take the Bathurst 7 bus from Bathurst station.


Facility TypeQuantityFacility Rating *

Bike Trail9

Dogs Off-Leash Area1

Drinking Fountain3


Parking Lot5

Picnic Site4


Ski Hill1

Splash Pad1

Washroom Facility1

* Facilities can be available to permit. Permit rates are dependent on facility rating of Premium, A, B or C and your group category. Use the Facility Rating Criteria to learn more about amenities that might be available at each facility.

Please contact the facility prior to your visit to determine if the facility can meet your needs.
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