Best Green Spaces to Visit in Toronto this Fall
It’s fall here in Toronto and everyone seems to be outdoors enjoying nature. To see the change of colors and snap some cool photographs for your Instagram feed, we’ve rounded up some of the best places in Toronto to visit this fall.
1 High Park
If you wish to get away from the busy streets of the city center, head out to the lovely High Park this weekend. This 165-acre green space is home to picturesque natural ponds, sunken gardens, and nature trails.High Park is also home to many attractions such as the High Park Zoo, High Park Nature Center, Grenadier Pond, and Colborne Lodge. You can also have a refreshing drink at the Grenadier Café and enjoy views of the park. There are also dozens of picnic and playground areas, as well as a small zoo and wading and swimming pools.In case you are traveling with children, take them to the fabulous Jamie Bell Adventure Playground where you will find an ice cream truck, a slide, and a couple of swings. One of the best ways to explore the park is to go on a walking tour of High Park.
2 Scarborough Bluffs
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Composed of nine parks, Scarborough Bluffs is located in Toronto’s east-end district at the edge of Lake Ontario. This fabulous place is an ideal getaway destination for tourists who wish to spend some time in nature while visiting the city. Scarborough Bluffs also offers spectacular views of the lake and houses dozens of hiking and biking paths. In case you get hungry, there are several picnic areas around.
3 Toronto Islands
Toronto Islands is probably one of the most popular places to enjoy outdoor activities in Toronto. Go on a ferry trip from the Queen’s Quay Terminal to reach the Toronto Islands and take advantage of all the cool recreation opportunities such as sailing, kayaking, biking, and rowing. Tickets for the ferry ride can be purchased here. If you are traveling with children, make sure to visit the amazing Centreville Amusement Park where you will find a variety of children’s rides and an antique carousel.
4 Trinity Bellwoods Park
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Located on Queen Street West at Strachan Avenue, Trinity Bellwoods Park is one of our favorite places in Toronto on this list. From numerous bike paths and tennis and volleyball courts to a wading pool and an off-leash dog park, there is something for everyone here at the Trinity Bellwoods Park. You can bring your own food and some wine, as there are a couple of on-site picnic areas.
5 Don Mills Trail
Visit the Don Mills Trail this fall and enjoy its cycling and walking trails. Formerly a CN rail line, this trail is suitable for all skill levels and is primarily used for walking and road biking. You will have an opportunity to see plenty of its past life along the way and take cool photographs of the picturesque surroundings. You can also bring your dog here, but he must be kept on a leash.
6 Rouge Park
Covering more than 20 square km and stretching all the way from the shores of Lake Ontario to the Oak Ridges Moraine, Rouge Park is 22 times larger than New York’s Central Park and houses numerous historic sites, extensive trails, and awesome viewpoints. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that this urban national park is quite popular with the locals. It is also easily accessible, as it is located just an hour drive from the city center. Tourists may enjoy riverside camping, hiking, and spectacular views.
7 Webster’s Falls and Dundas Peak
There is definitely no shortage of national parks and hiking trails here in Toronto, but If you want to go the extra mile and explore places outside the city center, I suggest visiting the amazing Webster’s Falls and Dundas Peak. Located in the historic village of Dundas and a part of the Spencer Gorge/Webster Falls Conservation Area, Webster’s Falls is the largest waterfall in the region and definitely one of the most popular destinations for tourists in the area. It boasts a large park grounds area and a lovely paved walkway which is flanked by picnic tables and benches. If you wish to snap some photos of the falls for your Instagram feed, head out to Dobson-McKee Lookout. Webster’s Falls is also close to a few hiking trails including the popular Dundas Peak, a 3.9 kilometer moderate trail that takes your through a forested area and offers beautiful views. It is a rather busy hiking trail and most people come here to take shareable snapshots and selfies. If you search for #dundaspeak hasthtag on Instagram, you’ll see more than 10,000 pictures.