Ontario is a prime destination for nature lovers. It has several wooded parks and green spaces to explore, each with their own scenic trails and tranquil areas. Towns across the province even hold celebrations dedicated to specific plants — Ottawa hosts the largest tulip festival in Canada, Oshawa organizes annual peony festivals for gardening enthusiasts, and Mississauga and Burlington throw cherry blossom festivals in honour of their sister cities in Japan.
One hidden gem you can visit is Chinguacousy Park, located just 40 minutes from Toronto in the city of Brampton. Known as “Ching Park” by the locals, it’s a popular site for wedding photos because of the beautiful flowers, trees and shrubs in the area.
There are several things to see and do at the park. Adrenaline junkies will enjoy the several sports fields, beach volleyball and tennis courts, BMX skate park, ski hill and outdoor skating trail. There are activities for leisure seekers too, with splash pads, playgrounds, a mini golf course, a curling facility, formal gardens, a green house, and even a small petting farm with ponies and donkeys available to experience.
But perhaps the most beautiful spot in the park is small pond at the Central Parkway side, which is tucked beneath a canopy of breathtaking weeping willows. The trees, which are ornamental in nature, provide a serene atmosphere for a spring hike or picnic.
Enjoy a summer meal at the tables under the trees, watch the ducks wade in the pond, or rent a pedal boat from the nearby pavilion and swim with them. If you’re with little ones, you can even take a scenic ride through the park on a small train for just $3.
Make sure to visit Chinguacousy park this spring! For more information, visit Brampton.ca.