Parks & Gardens, Toronto
It's Autumn Season in Canada. The season that I always enjoy in my country. I particularly like the changing of the leaves with its attractive colours of red, orange, green, yellow.......
Autumn is widely called Fall season in Canada and is in the months of September, October, and November. So, if you have not experienced the Fall in any country, come visit Toronto and we will show you around. We have a lot of it. Canada has Parks in every corner and have falling leaves everywhere, Maple Leaf in particular.
You still have time, don't wait too long - you still have one month to go before the end of Autumn.
Earl Bales Park is located in the West Don River Valley in North York, now part of Toronto. Tees and greens is everywhere in this huge park. If you are a Pinoy or originally from the Philippines, you should know this very popular place frequented along Bathurst Street especially during the summer months when it becomes the picnic ground with tables and barbecue grill. You can stay here all day long and even until night time. We have a lot of space here to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, or just wanna have fun.
In the photo I posted here, you will see a celebration being held at the 1,500-seat Barry Zukerman Amphitheatre. It is an entertainment courtesy of Filipino-Canadian showcasing song and folk dance.
Come to Earl Bales Park at summertime. You will surely enjoy the park landscape.
On a rather overcast Sunday morning we headed to the harbour (spelled with a u to appease my Canucky tormentor rmdw) area and walked from the Union Station area to where the Toronto Music Gardens. Fellow Vter Greg (can't remember his screen name) recommended it and it was indeed a lovely stop.
The Music Garden was designed by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and is often used as an outdoor musical venue. Even without the music, it's a lovely park to sit in, there are benches scattered throughout.
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%
High Park is a large piece of parkland located in southwestern Toronto, bounded by Bloor Street, The Queensway, Parkside Drive and Grenadier Pond.
You will find forests, beautiful gardens, walking trails and even a zoo and a restaurant in High Park.
Lots of sports activities that you can do here, as there are all kinds of facilities, such as baseball field, ice rink, swimming pool, tennis courts and football fields.
You can get off at High Park subway station, then walk south to the park. There are also parkings available inside the park.
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.
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.
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
High Park is a long and narrow park. The south end is bounded by Queen street and holds a lake giving the area a wetlands appearance. The north is bounded by Bloor street and shows off more of the hilly terrain that dominates the park. Within the North half is the Grenadier restaurant and a small outdoor (organic) farmers market. The roads and pathways can be disorienting so the restaurant makes a good starting point and has a large parking lot if you’ve driven and would like to do some walking.
Address: 1873 Bloor Street W
The Rough Valley is a large valley in the east end of Toronto. It is a remarkable park in that it is rare to see such wilderness so close to an urban centre. In fact the park is one of the largest urban parks in North America (the largest in Canada). Rough Park was founded in 1995 and occupying of 50 square kilometres of the Rouge River water shed. It also overlaps into the city of Markham, north of Toronto. The park is remarkable for its wildlife and hiking trails. Rare birds often stop here while migrating while many dears, foxes and even coyetes can be seen on the 12km of trails. Recently several ponds have been added to landfill area near the Toronto Zoo where you can see many geese and even swans. The Rough Park is also home to a campground and to a beach at its mouth on Lake Ontario. Oddly enough I have never visited the beach but I used go down to the Rough Valley while growing up nearby in the 1970's. I still travel out here and take in the hiking trails and I am always impressed by what I see. I have even come here to fish as the Rough River is full of trout.
Yes, there are cows in the midst of the Toronto highrisers.
I was surprised that there is a ribbon of small parks running along the skyscrapers. Furthermore, if you follow the route in between, you avoid the traffic on the major streets and the related traffic lights. Traffic just flows in flogs and there is room enough to cross the big streets beteen the major intersections.
(also) Toronto Botanical Garden
This is a combination park - garden area. There's a teaching garden with labelled plants and lovely walking trails to enjoy, and also a large park area that's perfect for picnics. A gift shop near the parking lot also has lovely things to buy.
Toronto Botanical Garden and Edwards Garden are separate entities though on the same site.
Located at the corner of Lawrence Ave and Leslie St, there's a large parking lot off of Lawrence.
This place is right around where I work and I sometimes go here for walks on my lunch break.
Take either the Lawrence E or Leslie bus to get here.
In Toronto's east end there is a gorgeous area known as Rouge Valley. It's the perfect place to go hiking for the day, especially in autumn when the leaves have all changed colours. Hiking trails abound and you can do the Rouge Valley Trail which starts near the Toronto Zoo, is 10km long and ends at Lake Ontario.
Rouge Park is actually the largest urban area park in North America.
It's a popular spot on sunny days and hard to believe it's so close to the urban areas.
Dogs must be leashed at all times in this park.
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!
Rattray Marsh is a great little park, located in a unique natural setting in the City of Mississauga . As the last remaining lakefront marsh between Toronto and Burlington , this environmentally sensitive wetland offers a different experience for nature lovers. Take a stroll along one of a series of raised wooden walkways through the park. 50 Bexhill Rd.