Canoe Landing Park
95 Fort York Blvd. (Spadina Ave. & Lake Shore Blvd. W.)
The original park (1800s) was along Toronto's shoreline; Opened in 2009; 8 acres
Known for: The red canoe seen from the Gardiner Expressway.
A whimsical take on Canadiana Canoe Landing Park is a privately funded urban park in downtown Toronto. Its design, with fun sculptures, represents a recent trend in city parks toward a more designed and playful appearance. The new green space has quickly become a hub for the over 14,000 new residents in the area mostly living in high rise condos.
Canoe Landing Park was built on old railway lands in the area. The canoe sits at what would have been the shoreline in the 1800s when the original park existed.
The canoe is actually a piece of artwork by Douglas Coupland. You can walk right in it and have an amazing view of Lake Ontario and the CN Tower. Below, there is a sculptural display of oversized colourful fishing bobbers with spray water features, a green space and turfed field, plus a pathway encircling the park called the Terry Fox Miracle Mile.
The park and elevation where the canoe sits were made from on-site excavated fill. It took over 25,000 dump truck loads of landfill to make it!
Various activities including the starting location for the annual Terry Fox Run.