6 Of The Best Parks to Picnic in Around the City
It’s the perfect time of year to pack up your picnic essentials and head to one of Toronto’s gorgeous parks. Spend the day relaxing, eating and reading on your picnic blanket, or if you’re up for activities many of the parks feature trails, tennis courts and volleyball nets. It’s the perfect way to spend a weekend day or weeknight after work. Pack up your favourite food and drinks, a blanket, a book, and anything else you need for the perfect picnic day. Here are 6 of the best parks to picnic in around Toronto.
1. Trinity Bellwoods
Located in the heart of the city on Queen Street West, Trinity Bellwoods is Toronto’s quintessential picnic park, perfect for relaxing and people watching. You’ll be surrounded by plenty of other park-goers, many of them with four-legged friends. Make use of their tennis and volleyball courts, baseball diamond and off-leash dog area for some fun. And if you head there at just the right time in Spring, you can enjoy the gorgeous cherry blossoms.
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2. Toronto Islands
Ferry over to the Toronto islands for a day of picnicking with your besties. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Toronto skyline while eating, chatting, and soaking in the sun. With beaches, green space, picnic areas and trails, there’s no shortage of things to do. Just a quick jaunt away from the city, it’s ideal for a day trip.
3. High Park
With 18 designated picnic sites suitable for large groups, you can spread out your blanket and enjoy the scenery at High Park. There’s also plenty of picnic tables if you prefer. And if you don’t have time to pack your own food, you can head to any of the nearby cafes on Bloor Street to stock up your picnic basket. If you get restless, you can walk along the beautiful featured trails.
4. Scarborough Bluffs
The Scarborough Bluffs area is known to be an oasis away from the city. It’s a beautiful spot to take a leisurely walk and picnic your day away. You can spend time on one of the parks on top of the bluffs, such as Guild Park, or head to the beach. There are eleven parks stretched along 15 km of the Scarborough Bluffs that look over Lake Ontario.
5. Ashbridges Bay Park
Located on the waterfront in the east end of the city, Ashbridges Bay Park is not only a great place to picnic but also features beach volleyball, swimming and an open beach. You can take a stroll along the Woodbine Beach boardwalk, go for a hike, or hop into Lake Ontario for a dip. Or of course, you can relax on your picnic blanket with a good book.
6. Morningside Park
The fact that this park is out of the city centre is what makes it so appealing. Located in Scarborough, you can escape the bustling city with this recreational nature park that features multiple picnic areas, walking and biking trails, and lots of hills and ravines. It’s a serene place to take a picnic and enjoy all your surroundings.
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Kate is a Toronto-based freelance writer and founder of lifestyle blog, www.layeredindulgence.com. When her head isn’t buried in her laptop, you can find her taking a hot yoga class, curled up with a good book, or sipping a chai latte at one of Toronto’s various cafés. Follow her adventures @katebialowas.