This park (often referred to as a community center without walls) is the perfect picnic place for families. However, family or not, everyone can have a great time at Dufferin Grove Park. There are clean picnic sites and two bake ovens, as well as two large fire pits for a nice big campfire. Looking to get together with friends and have a nice bonfire? This park is the perfect place to do just that. Not too far from the subway station either, the park is located south of Bloor Street West. There is a wading pool and changing rooms if you’re looking to cool off, as well as a sports field, basketball court, and a skateboard park. Take a stroll through the farmers’ market that runs through 3-7 p.m. every Thursday year-round. Overall, the park has great facilities that are beneficial to whatever you plan to do and helps make your day in the open air a tad bit better.
The Toronto Islands are a must-see in Toronto, whether you’re a tourist or a local. Centre Island is the main hub for the Toronto Islands. Plus, an added bonus is the perfect view of the Toronto skyline. Centre Island features an unbelievable amount of green space, and is the perfect place for picnics. There are over 20 different picnic sites on large areas all over the island. Picnic areas are spaced out, which gives you privacy if needed. If you’re visiting with the family then the Centreville Theme Park is the perfect place to take the little ones. There are also farm animals at a mini zoo. The island features five wading pools, three volleyball courts, two first aid stations, a baseball diamond and cafes all throughout. The island is a perfect place for a picnic date or BBQ with friends. There’s also a beach for those feeling a nice bonfire after a long day. From canoeing to biking, and everything in between; there’s something for everyone to do here.
One of the most beloved parts of the Toronto Islands, Hanlan’s Point rests at the north-west tip of the island. This is the go-to place for those of us who want to have a good time and meet new people. Hanlan’s Point features two beaches, both with excellent potential for a great picnic and day out. The first beach is a clothing mandatory beach, just like any other with volleyball courts and fire pits. The other beach is Toronto’s popular clothing-optional beach. The two beaches are separated by a fence if this option is a bit much for you, however the clothing optional side is a very popular spot for Torontonians. The whole atmosphere at Hanlan’s Point is very chilled out and party-like; great for a group of friends to have a nice BBQ and some drinks. There’s also a lighthouse to check out as well as picnic areas, changing rooms, bike trails, tennis, volleyball courts and much more. There is a facility that sells food and booze, but feel free to bring your own. So what do you think? Time to check off skinny dipping from the bucket list or nah?
Whether you’re familiar with Bach’s work or not, this park is truly a beauty. The landscape is a reflection of Bach’s Suite No. 1 in G Major for unaccompanied cello, BWV 1007, originally designed by world renowned cellist Yo Yo Ma, and landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy. The Toronto Music Garden is a small yet perfect place for a picnic out in the sun. The garden has a great view of Lake Ontario, creating a great atmosphere for picnic dates. There are guided tours, as we all audio tours available at the park for those interested in learning a little more about the place and the music that inspired it. The park features Summer Music in the Garden, a summer-round festival of music running until September 18th, 2016. This celebration of music features classical and traditional concerts from around the world in an enchanting setting. So grab your loved one and a basket of food and head down to this lovely garden at Harbourfront center.
This beautiful area, located on the waterfront on the east side of Toronto, boasts a sandy shore and charming boardwalk to help it standout from other entries on this list. The Woodbine Beach of Toronto is a popular spot in the summers and supports a wonderful view of the east side. There are many biking trails laid out all throughout the park. Picnicking, bird watching and hiking are three activities that Ashbridges is known for. Enjoy a fresh swim at Lake Ontario and a great meal at many of the picnic sites. A great place to go for a full day of fun in the sand.
Located at Bluffers Park of Scarborough, this beach is a popular spot for residents of Toronto and Scarborough for a weekend getaway. The Bluffs are a beauty indeed, and the park itself features many activities. You can drive up to the Bluffer’s viewpoint, or down to the beach, or the marina, or the park itself. Overall, this is a beautiful place for a scenic drive and picnic. The beach itself is a popular spot for bonfires, and once the sun begins to set, an outline of bonfires appears all along the shore, making for a truly chilled out and free atmosphere.