We all need some relax and down time, whether it’s just laying in bed, reading a good book, or going out to exercise. Everyone is different and we all enjoy different things. For me, I enjoy relaxing by walking through lovely parks. The colours of the leaves, mixed with the sounds of animals, lets me get away from the noise of the city and focus on nature for a bit. If you enjoy long walks through the park and forgetting the city chaos, here are some of the best parks in Toronto that you need to check out.
1. Humber Bay
Location: 11 Humber Bay Park Rd W, Toronto, ON
This park features the view of Lake Ontario, where onlookers can watch sailboats, geese, ducks and swans float along in the water. The trails span along the waterfront and go directly through a butterfly habitat with a diverse range of flowers and of course butterflies. This park also features a designated picnic site, but you could always pick one of the many spots to set up a picnic spot. Near the butterfly habitat, there is also a pond where visitors can walk above the water, viewing the fish from above. This is a more relaxed park than the others listed, thus being my number one selection for Toronto Parks.
2. High Park
Location: 1873 Bloor St W., Toronto, ON
Being Toronto’s largest public park, of course High Park will be in the top to visit. This huge park features many exciting activities to do, resulting in a whole day of fun for friends and family. There are many trails that can be hiked, a dog park for dog lovers, a zoo and playground for kiddies, and a lovely pond view with many diverse animals running around. Be sure not to step on a chipmunk!
3. Downsview Park
Location: 35 Carl Hall Rd., North York, ON
This lovely park features a mix of trees, ponds, trails and fields to relax on. This open area park is massive, featuring hills that can conquered and perfect picnic places for friends or family. Many animals can be seen in this park if you’re lucky, the most common are the birds and the amphibians.
4. Scarborough Bluffs
Location: 61 Under Cliff Dr., Scarborough, ON
This beautiful park features the breathtaking views of the Scarborough Bluffs and the calm waters of Lake Ontario. There are many quiet places to have a picnic with others, or many places to just sit on the rocks and enjoy the view. There are even chances to catch sight of deer around this area.
5. Toronto Music Garden
Location: 479 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON
This park features the waterfront of Lake Ontario, with different sections that leads into a lovely patterned trail from above. There are many colorful flowers, trees, and even a few musicians who come to play. This is definitely a relaxing walk for anyone living downtown.
What other parks in Toronto are your favourite to go to hang out and relax? Let us know in the comments below!