Toronto is home to many beautiful parks and public gardens. When the pavement is hot and the air thick with humidity, what better place to go than the fresh refuge of one of these Toronto gems? Whether you like a large, never ending green space or a quaint urban oasis, there’s a park for every preference.
Allan Gardens Conservatory
19 Horticultural Ave.
The jewel of Toronto’s downtown gardens, steps away from the hustle and bustle of downtown Yonge St.
Canoe Landing Park
95 Fort York Blvd.
The giant canoe sits on old railway lands, at what would have been the shoreline in the 1800s. Enjoy amazing views of Lake Ontario.
155 Bayview Ave.
Once part of a neglected industrial area and floodplain. An urban ecosystem that combines in its park unique terrains, sustainability, innovation and urban design.
777 Lawrence Ave. E.
17 award-winning themed gardens over four acres, with horticultural programs and activities for all ages.
Guild Park and Gardens
201 Guildwood Parkway
The garden is interspersed with representative architectural pieces from downtown Toronto buildings of late 19th/early 20th century.
1873 Bloor St. W.
Toronto’s oldest park, includes part of the last remnants of the Black Oak Savannah, a 4,000 year old ecosystem.
Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat, Humber Bay Park East
15 Marine Parade Dr.
The first three weeks in September is a good time to see large groups of monarch butterflies.
61 Edgehill Rd.
A former estate on the west bank of the Humber River, known for its flower gardens, terraced stone pathways, sparkling spring-fed pools and streams, and mature trees.
201 Winchester St.
A working farm set in an almost hidden area of old woods, many ponds, and streams connected to the city’s rich ravine system.
Rosetta McClain Gardens
5 Glen Everest Rd
The manicured 23-acre park is an ideal location for bird watchers, located along the migration route of various kinds of raptors.
St. James Park
120 King St. E.
Located next to St. James Cathedral, with Victorian inspired landscaping, a series of formal gardens and a water fountain.
Toronto Island Park, Franklin Children’s Garden
9 Queens Quay W. (Toronto Island)
Designed for kids and inspired by the Franklin the Turtle books.
Toronto Music Garden
479 Queens Quay W.
A small garden in six sections, designed around the dance movements of a piece by J.S. Bach.
725 Logan Ave.
One of the city’s largest parks with activities that range from Tai Chi to ukulele jams.