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- It is possible to walk the full length of the Islands, however, a bicycle is highly recommended for getting around more quickly. This enables one to explore the 3 main islands: Ward Island with its quaint and picturesque residences, Centre Island which is the entertainment hub and Hanlon Island, known for being natural. One can also bike across the connecting bridges to some of the smaller islands. There is something for everyone - stunning iconic views of the Toronto skyline, beaches, Centreville Amusement Park, boating, picnic areas, historic lighthouse, to name a few. Also cafes and restaurants, toilets and bike rental. We rented our bikes on the mainland and took them across on the ferry. This allowed us to explore further once we returned to the mainland, before handing our bikes back.Written November 7, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Very beautiful and well-done/well-kept aquarium with an amazing variety of fish! You get amazing views and get to have sharks swim right over top of you. My favorite part may have been the jellyfish! Big crowds, especially with school trips, but it’s worth it if you’re patient and take your time with this.Written November 20, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Lovely quiet park just a short subway ride away from the city centre. We had a lovely walk around the park, past the Hillside Gardens, lake, duck ponds & animal enclosures. We enjoyed seeing lots of wildlife including chipmonks & some huge butterflies, & rounded it off with an ice cream at the Grenadier Restaurant.Written September 29, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- I would highly recommend this zoo. It is well laid out and has a wide array of animals. The surrounding woods are beautiful lending to a peaceful, almost meditative experience. This place is also huge, so be prepared to walk a lot, on both flat terrain and inclines.Written October 31, 2023
- The best time to come here is during Spring where there is a nice display of tulips and cherry blossoms.Written August 3, 2023
- The palm tree section of the gardens is under renovation currently (as of November 2023) so please be aware of that! However, the other 4 sections of the garden are open to the public and are outstanding. You don't need a ton of time here, but if you're into nature and plants at all, then this is a must-do. My fiancé and I loved it.
It's also free! So if you're in the city on a budget, this may be an activity worth checking out.
Yes, there is a homeless encampment in the park. We, however, did not experience any negative situations as a result of this. I would say this is important information to note, but don't avoid the park because of it. These people need a place to be, especially with winter approaching, and unfortunately they don't have any other options. Be kind and compassionate, and put yourself in their shoes rather than jumping to the worst conclusions.Written November 13, 2023
- It is a beautiful place to walk or bike around. In winter time they have a lot of winter activities as well.Written June 10, 2023
- Beautifully designed garden. Recommend for people who are actually interested in local plans and garden design, or a pleasant short walk. This is not a big showy botanical garden-type place. My husband is a passionate gardener and we enjoyed following the planned routes, observing how the flower and plant selections worked together, and how the design of the whole integrated these things.Written August 27, 2022
- Very laid back clothing optional beach. Be respectful and you'll be fine. The newly opened beach further down from the original Hanlan's beach has become the new clothing optional spot. The older spot has more shade and better swimming than the newer beach, while the newer spot is more of a social gathering.Written August 20, 2023
- Berczy Park is a short walk from Union Station and St Lawrence Market. It's a place you can take your dog for a walk quite easily and they may enjoy the fountain too.
The fountain is lots of dogs spitting water from their mouths into the water in different locations and there is a bone at the top of the fountain. Perhaps this is what they are all aiming for?
Don't forget to look out for the cats!Written November 14, 2023
- This is a terrific place to go for a nice long walk along the lakeshore; there are a few different trails you can take; but each one is great.Written July 31, 2022
- If you are into birding, this park is one of those where you can spend a whole day just identifying and enjoying birds. There's a whole wide area for biking, walking in the trails, spotting and identifying different kinds of warblers, robins, starlings, swans, Canada goose, etc. You can also catch a glimpse of boats docked in the marina adjacent to the park.Written May 13, 2023
- Humber Bay Park is separated into two parts by water. It’s a good place for kids to cycle and take photos, nearer Toronto’s iconic CN Tower than Jack Darling Park in Mississauga. Like a peninsula, there’s things to see on the East; but more available pay parking is on the West drive of Humber Bay. It’s adjacent to private Marina Del Ray (2261 Lakeshore Blvd West) and the Ukrainian Consulate. Photo opps are good on this quiet side; there’s more sand and nature scenes on the East park by the Air India memorial at the end of Park Lawn Road, where public washrooms in Starbucks and Tim Horton’s are open a short drive North above the Expressway exits. You’ll pass the Butterfly Habitat on foot by the West side of the park and long stretch /boardwalk in the direction of Humber Bay Arch Bridge (towards downtown). If you’re lucky you can snag a picnic table; but there are benches along the path. It would be a good idea to arrange a place to meet ahead with friends before beach volleyball season takes over. Or pack a blanket and sit anywhere to enjoy the view!Written July 30, 2023
- A great place to walk. The park is close to the University of Toronto, so my visit to the park was combined with that of the university. There were a few local people enjoying morning walk while I was there. Peaceful.Written August 21, 2023
- A great place to escape from busy city. You may visit this place and relax a bit like other local people.Written August 22, 2023
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- These experiences are best for nature & parks in Toronto:
- Niagara Falls Day and Evening Tour With Boat Cruise & Dinner (optional)
- Toronto Aerial Tour with Niagara Winery Tasting Tour with iflyTOTO
- Guided Bicycle Tour - Toronto Waterfront, Island and Distillery
- Downtown Toronto Bike Tour
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