Parks & Gardens, Toronto
Edwards Gardens is located within the Don Valley, and is a very beautiful park. One of its most interesting amenities is the Toronto Botanical Gardens, the park's conservatory.
-South west corner of Leslie Street and Lawrence Avenue East)
-Eglinton Station take Lawrence East Bus 54 or 54A
I actually just visited this part for the first time that past summer and found that it was a delightful place to visit. For those who like to take photos it offers great views of the Toronto skyline. In fact though I have yet to come here at sunrise, I suspect that the vistas must be stunning at this time of day. The park also has a wetlands area where you can see loons, geese and an array of other birds.
The problem on tourist standpoint is that the park is not really close to any other tourist sights in Toronto. It is actually pretty wild with little in the way of landscaping being done. But if your here for the long haul and would like to get away from the hussle and bussle of the city, then I highly recommend this place.
High Park is one of the two best parks in Toronto(the other being the Islands). It is 400 acres in size and has everything that could keep a family happy for a days picnic.
The park is very popular amongst Torontoians, with it wide green spaces. There are tennis courts, baseball field, cricket and bowling greens, and lots of tracks for jogging. Children should enjoy the small, free zoo. There is also a large pond called Grenadier Pond where you can fish for trout or pike(bring a fishing license if you do) and skate when the pond freezes over during the winter. In the summertime there is a outdoor theatre where they perform Shakespeare. There are also lots of snack bars, cafes and a restaurant. The park is located between Bloor Street West and the Gardiner Expressway. There is parking however if traveling by subway, then get off at High Park Station. One little warning about the park; try not to stray off the beaten paths when in the wooded areas. They are full of poison ivy. There are signs but just the same watch out.cr%
Rouge Park is a large natural area along the Rouge River and its tributary in the eastern boundary of Toronto. It includes beaches, marsh, forest and meadow. There are hiking trails and even campgrounds in the park. There is an abundance of wildlife, including beaver, coyote, deer, frogs, turtles and many species of song birds.
There are many access points to the park. Check the Rouge Park website for details.
Visit my Rouge Park travelogue for more fall foilage photos.
High Park. It's not exactly off the beaten path, but it's definitely out of the way from all the usual tourist attractions. It's a huge park surrounding a large pond, and it offers so much for the whole family. There's hiking and biking and running trails. There's lots of open space for picnicing or just relaxing. There's lovely gardens to stroll through. There's a couple of restaurants. It's a great place to spend the day in the spring or summer.
Or there's always Canada's Wonderland, a large amusement park located in north Toronto. Rollercoasters galore!
Toronto has some great parks for walking/jogging/cycling.
My two favourites are Edwards Gardens (at Lawrence & Leslie) and High Park (West on the Bloor subway line, High Park stop).