When the sun is shining, all we want to do is soak up those rays. But with so many bustling picnic spots in the 6ix, it can be tough to find quiet Toronto parks to relax in. That’s why we’ve rounded up 11 hidden gems in the city so you can avoid the crowds on your next outing. 

If the Trinity Bellwoods chaos has you never wanting to go outside again, don’t fret. 

Some of Toronto’s less popular parks offer up the privacy we crave with all of the beauty we desire. 

From waterfront views and gorgeous canopy trees to statues and iconic monuments, there’s more than enough to enjoy at these low-key locations. 

Honestly, some of the parks and gardens on this list will have you wondering if you’re even still in the city. And, while some of them are naturally busy at peak times, you should be able to find a peaceful moment at all of them. 

So if you’re itching to escape the hustle and bustle, simply take a peek at the list below. 

And always remember to check the various park websites before heading out so you can get the most up-to-date information regarding rules, restrictions, and opening hours. 

Now pack up that picnic basket, it’s time for a peaceful escape.

Etiénne Brûle Park

Price: Free

Address: 10 Catherine St., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: With winding hiking trails and perfectly adorable picnic areas, this quiet Toronto park will have you feeling totally at peace.

Sir Casimir Gzowski Park

Price: Free

Address: 1751 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can find a calm green area to sit and relax or admire the monuments found here instead.

King's Mill Park

Price: Free

Address: 105 Riverwood Pkwy., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can pull up a seat along the banks of the Humber River from this scenic park.

Craigleigh Gardens

Price: Free

Address: 160 South Dr., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: The antique gate and old canopy tree give this place a secret garden vibe and we're here for it.

Downsview Park

Price: Free

Address: 70 Canuck Ave., North York, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can find peaceful nature trails scattered throughout this urban park where you can enjoy some peace and quiet.

Sunnybrook Park

Price: Free

Address: 1132 Leslie St., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: You'll find plenty of wide-open green spaces in this large Toronto park. It's a perfect picnic area, just watch those peak times!

Rouge Urban National Park

Price: Free

Address: Zoo Road, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: You're sure to find a calm and quiet spot somewhere in this massive urban park.

Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens

Price: Free

Address: 2901 Yonge St., Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: If you're looking to bask in the sun and be surrounded by gorgeous flowers, this is the spot for you.

Don River Valley Park

Price: Free

Address: Don Valley Parkway, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: Aside from a few cyclists passing by, you can enjoy this space in relative peace most days. And with all the public art scattered throughout, there's lots to see.

Cedarvale Park

Price: Free

Address: 443 Arlington Ave., York, ON

Why You Need To Go: You can stroll past a beautiful ravine and enjoy amazing nature views here.

Ireland Park

Price: Free

Address: Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON

Why You Need To Go: You won't feel alone at this unique spot that features a series of bronze human statues along the waterfront. The statues commemorate the tens of thousands who fled from Ireland during the great famine.

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