Anyone who says Toronto is a concrete jungle hasn’t explored the city. Like, at all. It’s easy to get stuck in the downtown core of the city, where you can walk to one of five different Starbucks in under five minutes. Guess what? It’s just as easy to escape it. Where better to escape the hustle than in a beautiful, green park? Sure, we all know about Trinity Bellwoods. Believe it or not, this isn’t the only place to have a picnic or take a nap under a tree. Here are three of our favourite lesser-known parks in the city:
1. High Park
This had to be top of the list just because of its size. If you live east of Ossington, you may have never ventured to the largest park in the city. It spans 400 acres and you can spend endless hours exploring its corners. Its multi-use paths allow for pedestrians and cyclists alike. You’ll find people of all ages in High Park, including tons of families. Many flock to High Park in April to see the blooming cherry blossoms—the perfect sign of an upcoming Spring season.
2. David Balfour Park
This hidden gem is a personal favourite. It caters to a smaller community, so it’s not often busy. Located just east of St. Clair subway station, it’s tucked away and guarded from the busy streets. This park has a beautiful enclosed garden on its east side that is maintained by community volunteers. For even more peace and quiet, you can follow one of the connected trails down to the Moore Park ravine, where you can find even more space to relax.
3. Dufferin Grove Park
Flirting with irony, this park is located directly across from the seedy but beloved Dufferin Mall. It has a good mix of wide open space and trees for shade. It’s a community hangout with some cool facilities, including a pizza oven! It stages outdoor plays in the summer and hosts a weekly farmer’s market as weather permits.