Toronto may be known for its skyline of skyscrapers, but beyond the crowded streets and bars is a hidden nature scene that is meant to be explored. From forested hiking trails to green parks within the centre of the city, Toronto has a lot more to offer than the modern reputation that it has.
For those who are over the business of this bustling metropolis, we’ve compiled a list of nature scenes you can escape to in Toronto. Whether you'd be visiting these places for the first time or as a weekly peaceful retreat, these destinations should be amongst the attractions not to be overlooked in the city.
Located on the southwest corner of Leslie Street and Lawrence Avenue East, you can take the TTC straight to this huge and beautiful botanical garden. It also has the additional features of foundtains, water wheels and wooden arch bridges.
Located in the west end of the city on the shore of Lake Ontario, Sunnyside Park is a former amusement park that is now popular for their picnics, biking trails, and the cocktail-famous restaurant Sunnyside Pavilion.
I’m not bluffing when I say that the Scarborough Bluffs is one of the most beautiful places in the GTA #puns. With white, sandy beaches and a water so blue you’ll think you’re in Greece, this neighbourhood gem is the ultimate escape from the city.
David A. Balfour Park
A large and peaceful open space, the walking trails of David A. Balfour Park take you on a path within a forested ravine that ultimately leads down to the Don River.
Moccasin Trail Park
The Moccasin Trail Park is one of those trails that is passed by without much of a second glance - but it's time to start taking it seriously. This 15-hectare park offers insta-worthy pictures of a ravine forest and also has multiple walking and biking paths.
Not just a go-to outdoors space for city events, Woodbine Park is also known for its bike trails, ponds, and splash pads, while also featuring an abundance of dogs - you heard me, dogs - for their annual canine festival.
If you’re from Toronto, then you obviously know about High Park. Being the city’s largest public park and all, you can always expect a busy yet fun time here: you can go on a hike along one of their many trails, visit their zoo or dog park, and even just bring a basket for a picnic.
Ohhh, Sugar Beach. I love Sugar Beach. With their colourful umbrellas, blue waters, and white sand, this place pretty much exemplifies the saying of “pretty in pink."
Rouge Park finch Meander Area
Three words - trees, trees, and more trees. Located on Old Finch Road, this forested area is filled with a wilderness that will make you forget you’re still in the city.
Everyone always seems to freak out about dogs, but I’m more of a goat person - and Riverdale Farm has plenty of them. In addition to that, they also have some cows. And horses. And *sigh* some dogs too, I guess.
Located behind Humber College’s north campus, The Humber Arboretum is a large botanical garden of 250 acres that also serves as a conservation area and educational center (I mean, it is behind a school).