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Discovering Toronto's parks and trails

Toronto is known as "a city within a park" for a good reason. There are hundreds of great parks and a network of natural trails throughout Toronto. Highlights of a dozen particularly noteworthy parks follow.

 

Corktown Common

A new jewel in the landscape of the West Don Lands, Corktown Common is a 7.3-hectare (18-acre) park located at the foot of Lower River Street and Bayview Avenue.

Corktown Common transformed an abandoned post-industrial site into a year-round, re-naturalized public park with the dual purpose of providing flood protection. This park will be secured for use by the athletes during the Pan Am and Parapan Games, and will re-open to the public in September 2015.

 

Cottonwood Flats

Cottonwood Flats is one of Toronto's many natural areas and the latest to be restored. Its industrial heritage dates back to the early 1800s.

 

Don Valley Brick Works Park

Don Valley Brick Works Park is one of the City of Toronto's most valued natural parks. Transformed from a quarry site into a nature sanctuary, this park highlights the City of Toronto's dedication to healthy, diverse ecosystems.

 

High Park

Recognized as one of the most significant natural sites in Toronto, the park contains an outstanding concentration of rare plant species and is home to many species of wildlife.

 

HTO Park

Located in Toronto's inner harbour, HTO Park includes grassy hills and a sand beach extending along the water's edge. With its stationary yellow shade umbrellas and Muskoka chairs, this park is known as Toronto's Urban Beach.

 

Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat

Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat is an ecological restoration project that provides critical habitat for various native butterfly species.

 

Lower Don Trail

In 2012-13, the City of Toronto commissioned a master plan for the Lower Don Trail to guide the development of this increasingly well-used parkland resource.

 

Riverdale Farm

Riverdale Farm represents a 19th century Ontario farm. Tour the Farm’s scenic 7.5 acres along pathways through wooded areas, around ponds and into butterfly-herb-flower-vegetable gardens.

 

Rouge Park

Rouge Park, one of Toronto's best-kept secrets and the city's largest park, is becoming Canada's first national urban park.

 

Scarborough Bluffs

The bluffs stretch for about 15 kilometres along the Lake Ontario shore between Toronto's eastern Beach area and West Hill. The natural process of wind-and-water erosion formed the bluffs.

 

Toronto Islands

Toronto Islands offer a true getaway from city life. A short ferry ride takes you to the downtown core's largest vehicle-free park, the Islands. The islands connect large swaths of lawns, treed areas and trails, organized fun at Centre Island, Blue Flag beaches and present an opportunity to walk, bike, rollerblade or take a tram to tour and explore the islands. 

One of Toronto's featured parks on Centre Island is Franklin Children's Garden, a hands-on learning environment for children.

 

Toronto Music Garden

The Toronto Music Garden's design was inspired by Bach’s First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello. Each dance movement in the suite has a corresponding section of the garden.

 

To help you find a Toronto park to visit, the City offers a geo-location map at bit.ly/TOParksMap that can be filtered to find specific park features. Or, visit toronto.ca/parks.


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