It seems like Spring has finally arrived. The sun is out, the weather's great, and the vibes are good. But knowing Toronto, we can never be too sure if these godsend conditions are actually here to stay...
That's why it's important to take advantage of this great weather while it's still cooperating. One of the best ways to do that is to go on a picnic! Here are 20 great spots to go on a picnic in Toronto (in no particular order):
High Park // 1873 Bloor St W
High park has 18 designated picnic sites that are popular for large group events. Lay out a blanket by under a cherry blossom tree or make use of the picnic tables in the area. Cafes are also available nearby on Bloor St, as last minute food options.
Dufferin Grove Park // 875 Dufferin St
Dufferin Grove Park is equipped with several picnic tables for your choosing. Enjoy other attractions like a playground, wooden play structures, a wading pool and a sandpit.
Toronto Music Garden // 479 Queens Quay W
Although relatively small compared to other parks, Toronto Music Garden features beautiful music, floral displays and nearby architecture to enhance your picnic experience.
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Ashbridges Bay // 1561 Lake Shore Blvd E
Ashbridges Bay Park has several open grass areas and picnic tables along its long, meandering trails. The park is great for those who want to engage in other activities - there's beach volleyball, a swimming pool and the open beach available for you to explore.
Vermont Square Park // 819 Palmerston Ave
Vermont Square Park is a cozy place to hold a picnic. The park includes a playground, wading pool, and an outdoor area for dogs to run unleashed.
Trinity Bellwoods Park // 790 Queen St W
Trinity Bellwoods Park is a staple location for picnics. Make use of the baseball diamonds, tennis and volleyball courts, ice rink, wading pool and off-leash dog area sometime during your afternoon picnic.
Sir Winston Churchill Park // 301 St Clair Ave W
Sir Winston Churchill Park has ten lit outdoor tennis courts, a playground and off-leash dog area that's perfect for a family picnic day.
Thomson Memorial Park // 1005 Brimley Rd
Thomson Memorial Park in Scarborough is complete with 4 picnic sites that can accommodate larger parties. A bike trail, baseball diamonds, tennis court, playground, and washroom facilities can all be found within the park.
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Village of Yorkville Park // 115 Cumberland St
The Village of Yorkville Park is a somewhat unconventional take to a picnic. You might not be able to lay down a blanket, but there are a few tables there that could be used for an intimate picnic date with a significant other. Several stores and restaurants also conveniently surround the area.
Morningside Park // 390 Morningside Ave
Morningside Park is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The park includes several picnic areas, walking/biking trails, and a splash pad. It is common for some Scarborough people to drink at this park; however, such is not advisable.
Riverdale Park East // 550 Broadview Ave
Riverdale Park East offers perhaps the best view of the Toronto skyline amongst the other places on this list. The northern section of the park has several nature trails for those who are interested in taking a stroll sometime before or after their picnic.
Coronation Park // 711 Lake Shore Blvd W
Coronation park has 3 picnic sites. Each is equipped with a BBQ pit, making the park a great place to hold a BBQ with a few friends.
Christie Pits // 750 Bloor St W
Christie Pits Park features a multi-sports field, labyrinth, wading pool and community garden that are available for picnic goers to make use of during their visit.
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Bluffer’s Park // Scarborough Bluffs
Bluffer's Park in Scarborough is a popular hangout for teens and young adults. There are full picnic areas throughout, as well as a sandy beach and beautiful scenic views.
Allan Gardens Park // 19 Horticultural Ave
Allan Gardens Park is a popular visit because of its conservatory; however, it also makes a great place for a small picnic date. Outside the greenhouse facility is a playground and an off-leash area for those who'd like to bring their dogs.
Sunnybrook Park // 1132 Leslie St
Sunnybrook Park is not only great for picnics, but also for hiking. It features several trails that offer peaceful scenes of gently flowing rivers and canopy trees.
Ward's Island Beach // Lakeshore Ave
Ward's Island Beach is accessible via ferry. Unlike it's Toronto island counterparts, not as many tourists go here, so it's perfect for a more private picnic.
Hanlan’s Point Beach // Lakeshore Ave
A picnic at Hanlan's Point (clothing optional) Beach always makes for an interesting time. Several picnic areas are available and equipped with BBQ pits; though you will need to bring your own charcoal.
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Withrow Park // Riverdale
Withrow Park is a peaceful city retreat that has enough picnic areas to accommodate large family parties and picnics. A wide selection of restaurants can be found on Danforth, which is just adjacent to the park.
Earl Bales Park // 4169 Bathurst St
Earl Bales Park is a serene spot as it does not typically see large crowds. Bring a blanket and a basket full of great eats for a relaxing picnic experience.
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