Toronto is a lot to take in. Sometimes we need a break from the city - just a few minutes or so to gather our thoughts before we start "Torontoing" again. With the city as loud and hectic as it is, it almost seems impossible to find a place to do that.
But they do exist in the city; they're just frequently overlooked. Here are 10 hidden oases you can retreat to in Toronto:
Spadina House // 285 Spadina Rd
The Spadina House is a formerly private Forest Hill property that boasts beautiful Victorian gardens that is split up into multiple sections. They are free to roam, but the house is off limits.
Craigleigh Gardens // 160 South Dr
Craigleigh Gardens in the South Rosedale area was first owned by a 19th-century businessman named Edmund Osler. Upon his passing in the'20s, his gated gardens were donated to the city for the public to enjoy.
Don Branch Railway // Don Valley
The Don Branch Railway is a stretch of abandoned rail that starts at the CPR Leaside Train Yard. Although it has a bit of a spooky vibe to it, it's still an awesome place to get away from the city and its people without going too far.
Diversity Garden Park // 100 Queen St W
Diversity Garden Park is a little garden behind City Hall that is often overlooked. It has several benches, paths, and greenery to help you take a breather from your day.
Photo cred - berkeleycastle.ca
Berkeley Castle Courtyard // 2 Berkeley St
Berkeley Castle has a cozy little courtyard just behind the Esplanade where you can enjoy a quick meal or indulge in a good book.
Toronto Sculpture Garden // 115 King St E
Toronto Sculpture Garden is a gated area by King and Church that only ever displays a single sculpture at a time. Apart from the interesting sculptures, the garden is a great place to get a little bit of peace and quiet during your day.
Ireland Park // Queens Quay W
Ireland Park at the southern end of Bathurst is filled with beautiful aged sculptures and also provides a breathtaking view of lake. This makes it a great place to retreat to after work.
Knox College Courtyard // 59 St George St
The Knox College Courtyard is one of several gems within the UofT campus. The stone walls and surrounding greenery will make you feel like you're somewhere in Hogwarts.
Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat // 2225 Lake Shore Blvd
The Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat, although not a completely hidden place, is still a perfect place to retreat to if you're looking for some peace and quiet. There are several beautiful plants in the area, and in the warmer months you can anticipate beautiful butterfly displays as well.
Photo cred - douglasbragaw
Canadian Opera Company Courtyard // 145 Queen St W
The Canadian Opera Company Courtyard is a little closed-off area at the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Centre that features several climbing ivy leaves along the building walls. It's a pretty private place, so you'll definitely enjoy going here if you want some alone time.
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