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Guide to Toronto Outdoors

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Spending the day outdoors in Toronto can be a real pleasure. Explore the many parklands and discover the numerous open-air activities that the city has to offer. This guide will give you ideas on what you can do for free, as well as some paid outdoor activities.

Good for
  • Nature Lover
  • Peace and Quiet Seeker
  • Thrifty Traveller
  • Like a Local

10 Places

3 City Tips

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10 Places

High Park

Parks

Riverdale Farm

Farms

Lake Ontario

Bodies of Water

Toronto Islands

Islands, Parks

Canada's Sugar Beach

Beaches

Paddleboard Addict - Stand Up Paddleboarding Lessons SUP

Lessons & Workshops

Toronto Zoo

Zoos

Edge Walk at the CN Tower

Adrenaline & Extreme Tours

Distillery Historic District

Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods

St. Lawrence Market

Architectural Buildings, Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Dayna J's City Tips

  • Hire a bike to get to nearby activities, or consider public transport for those further out of the city center. More information about public transport can be found on the official Toronto Transit Commission website.
  • Spending time outdoors can make visiting Toronto a very budget-friendly experience. Pack a picnic and enjoy the many free parks that the city has to offer.
  • Toronto weather can turn from warm in the morning to quite chilly in the afternoon (or vice versa) so be sure to pack extra clothing for all types of weather conditions when exploring the outdoors.
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    High Park
    Parks
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    Dayna J Says:

    High Park is a mix of both recreational and natural parkland that spans 160 hectares. Across its beautiful landscape you will find many hiking trails, greenhouses, a zoo, and a lake, as well as numerous facilities including sports courts, playgrounds, and picnic areas. There's more than enough on offer to spend at least half a day here. Be on the lookout for squirrels, too!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This park has convenient parking, as well as good public transport links.
    • Take a picnic along to the park — you will be sure to find your own private patch of grass.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #9 of 515 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Clean, Mature Trees, lots of activity 21/08/2017
    • Walk it, cycle it.. either way you'll look it. 20/08/2017
    • High Park
    Address:
    1873 Bloor St W
    Toronto, Ontario M6R 2Z3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-392-8188
    Other:
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    Riverdale Farm
    Farms
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    Dayna J Says:

    Spend some time exploring Riverdale Farm, which plays host to a variety of rare breed animals and exotic birds. Riverdale Farm is located in Cabbagetown which is a suburb about 3 km from the center of Toronto. Along with farm animals, there are beautiful butterfly, vegetable, and flower gardens to take a walk through.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Riverdale has free admission! Check the website for further details.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #86 of 515 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Get away from the city without leaving it 13/08/2017
    • 5 Stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 20/07/2017
    • Riverdale Farm
    Address:
    201 Winchester St
    Toronto, Ontario M4X 1B8
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-392-6794
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Lake Ontario
    Bodies of Water
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    Dayna J Says:

    A visit to Toronto would not be complete without taking some time to soak up the magnificent view over Lake Ontario. The best views can be enjoyed from Woodbine Beach, Toronto Island Park, or from a boat on the lake.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Woodbine Beach can be easily accessed by public transport. Check the Toronto Transit Commision website for more details.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 515 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Relaxing 18/08/2017
    • A stunning, huge lake 18/08/2017
    • Lake Ontario
    Phone:
    +1 800-668-2746
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    Toronto Islands
    Islands, Parks
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    Dayna J Says:

    Toronto Island Park is a treat for anyone. After taking the short ferry ride over from Toronto, you'll be greeted with fabulous views back over Lake Ontario, with the city of Toronto as a backdrop. Spend the day simply walking around the beautiful island grounds, or explore the amusement park or farm.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Depending on the weather, be sure to take plenty of warm clothing and sunscreen, as there are limited areas with shelter.
    • Cycling around the island is a great way to see it all. (The island is rather large and it would be difficult to see it all by foot in one day.)
    • Although there are places to buy food on Toronto Island Park, the island is a perfect place for bringing a picnic. I recommend buying ingredients at St. Lawrence Market and taking lunch with you.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 515 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • great for bike tours 21/08/2017
    • Peaceful and Relaxing 21/08/2017
    • Toronto Islands
    Address:
    9 Queens Quay West, Jack Layton Ferry Terminal
    Toronto, Ontario M5J 2H3
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-555-8987
    Other:
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    Canada's Sugar Beach
    Beaches
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    Dayna J Says:

    Close to the city center, just at the end of Lower Jarvis Street, is Canada's Sugar Beach. This beach has everything you may wish to find at a city beach, including a tree-lined promenade, an urban beach area, and a plaza space. Plus, there is plenty of shade offered by the beach umbrellas, as well as nearby trees.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Make your way to this beach by public transport or by bike to avoid difficultly parking your car.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #118 of 515 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely sandy beach in downtown Toronto 08/08/2017
    • Nice man made beach 05/08/2017
    • Canada's Sugar Beach
    Address:
    25 Dockside Dr
    Toronto, Ontario M5A 0B5
    Canada
    Other:
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    Paddleboard Addict - Stand Up Paddleboarding Lessons SUP
    Lessons & Workshops
    Dayna J Says:

    If you want to get active on Lake Ontario, I recommend hopping on a stand up paddle board! Paddleboard Addict offers classes, tours, and rental of paddle boards, with options suitable for all levels of experience. There's no time like the present!

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Plan your paddle boarding experience early in your trip — if there is bad weather, this company will reschedule the trip for another day, but will not refund your money.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 32 Classes & Workshops in Toronto
    • Great experience 29/08/2015
    • Toronto Stand Up Paddleboarding School 11/05/2013
    • Paddleboard Addict - Stand Up Paddleboarding Lessons SUP
    Address:
    7 Brimley Rd S
    Toronto, Ontario M1M 3W3
    Canada
    Other:
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    Toronto Zoo
    Zoos
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    Dayna J Says:

    Situated in the picturesque Rouge Valley, Toronto Zoo is home to more than 5,000 animals, and is sure to keep the whole family occupied for anything from an hour to an entire day! There are over 500 species to learn more about, so be sure to arrive early!

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The Toronto Zoo is accessible by car and public transport, including bus and train. Check the Toronto Transit Commission website for public transport routes and schedules.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 515 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great Attraction 21/08/2017
    • Nice way to spend the day 21/08/2017
    • Toronto Zoo
    Address:
    2000 Meadowvale Rd
    Toronto, Ontario M1B 5K7
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-392-5929
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:30 - 16:30
    Other:
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    Edge Walk at the CN Tower
    Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
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    Dayna J Says:

    Get your adrenaline pumping with the Edge Walk at the CN Tower! You'll take a death-defying walk outside, around the 550 meter-high building, and enjoy the greatest panoramic views of Toronto as you go!

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Although there is no specific age limit for this, you will need to fit other criteria. Check the CN Tower Edge Walk website for more details.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 111 Outdoor Activities in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Edgewalk at sunset! 20/08/2017
    • Don't let the fear stop you, MUST TRY 16/08/2017
    • Edge Walk at the CN Tower
    Address:
    301 Front Street West
    Toronto, Ontario M5V 2T6
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-601-3833
    Other:
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    Distillery Historic District
    Historic Walking Areas, Neighbourhoods
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    Dayna J Says:

    The Distillery Historic District is crammed full of beautiful old buildings that you can admire as you enjoy a leisurely, open-air stroll. This district is also the premier arts, entertainment, and culture destination in Toronto, so be sure to pop into any shops or restaurants that catch your eye as you wander.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • The Distillery Historic District is near to the St. Lawrence Market, making it perfect to combine the market with a visit there.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 515 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Disappointed 21/08/2017
    • Very quaint 21/08/2017
    • Distillery Historic District
    Address:
    55 Mill St
    Toronto, Ontario M5A 3C4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-364-1177
    Other:
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    St. Lawrence Market
    Architectural Buildings, Flea & Street Markets, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Dayna J Says:

    Before you head out on your outdoor adventure in Toronto, assemble your very own picnic from the huge range of tasty goodies sold by local farmers and producers at St. Lawrence Market. The market has tons of food options to choose from, including fruits, vegetables, bread and baked goods, cheese, and meat.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • If you are in need of a coffee, I would recommend a stop at Luba's Coffee Boutique. This lovely lady serves a range of different flavored coffees that are all delicious!
    • Take a walk around the market before you purchase any items so that you get the best priced groceries.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 515 things to do in Toronto
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Good market but not as good as Granville Island 21/08/2017
    • Dissapointing 21/08/2017
    • St. Lawrence Market
    Address:
    92-95 Front St. E.
    Toronto, Ontario M5E 1C4
    Canada
    Phone:
    +1 416-392-7219
    Hours:
    Tue - Thu
    08:00 - 18:00
    Fri
    08:00 - 19:00
    Sat
    05:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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