Shaped by the elements over the course of millenia, the Scarborough Bluffs rise from the shores of Lake Ontario in East Toronto. The sheer face of the escarpment is a defining feature of the waterfront, rising to a height of 90 meters (300 feet) above the shore. Several parks span the 15-kilometer (9.3-mile) stretch of the Scarborough Bluffs as it traces the edge of the lake. While most of these are found perched atop its peaks, a few grant access to the narrow beach that lies at its base. The view from the top is notoriously astounding in beauty, although few can deny the striking quality of a more low-lying perspective with the barren rock face rising high above the tranquil water.
The High Park is an ancient beautiful natural preserve that offers a pond, wooded areas, trails, open picnic areas and numerous recreational facilities for the entire family. Baseball, swimming, skating, and tennis are just some of the activities that families or groups of friends can indulge in and bond over. You can also watch a play at the outdoor theatre during the annual Dream in High Park, tour the greenhouse, or visit the park's zoo. Each of the attractions has its own specific phone number and opening hours.
A recreational wonderland that sits a mere 10-minute ferry ride away from Toronto Harbor, the Toronto Islands constitute a set of 15 small isles in the midst of Lake Ontario. The islands are connected to one another by pathways and bridges that can be traversed on foot. Sprawled across 820 acres (330 hectares) of the lake's expanse, the Toronto Islands are home to the Snake Island, the South Chippewa Island, Mugg's Island, and Forestry Island, with the Centre Island emerging as the biggest of the group. Away from the city's furious bustle, the islands offer a serene retreat with their car-free stretches, and are home to a plethora of landmarks including the Centreville Amusement Park, the clothing-optional Hanlan's Beach, a Frisbee golf course, and the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
Trinity Bellwoods Park has something for everyone. However, the most important feature of the park is the presence of white squirrels. The White squirrel is an albino squirrel that is found amid the trees of the park. There are the eight outdoor tennis courts, as well as the outdoor skating rink, among other things. For the children, there is a playground, as well as a wading pool to entertain them. The pet-owners will not be left disappointed either, for the park has an area known as the dog bowl, which is a leash-free zone. The park is also the site for many cultural events, including live theater & book fairs.
Leslie Street Spit is a man-made wilderness that will make it hard for you to believe that you're still in the city. Located in Toronto, Ontario, this headland was built as an outer harbor for ships docking in from the Great Lakes, but it was never used. So it is now used as a recreation spot and features a beautiful hiking and biking trail lined with trees and flowers. The park also presents one with a great bird-watching opportunity as the area is the breeding ground for several species of birds such as the Black-crowned Night-heron and the Caspian tern. Throughout the trail, one can enjoy stunning views of the Toronto skyline at one side and the Lake Superior at the other.
iFly Toronto lets you experience the thrill of flight without having to jump out of a plane. This indoor attraction provides the rush of skydiving without going more than a few feet off the ground by using an advanced wind tunnel. Feel like you're free-falling in a safe environment! Even children as young as 4 can experience this fun activity!
A pleasure zone located in the core of the city, this area, bordered by Queen Street West, York, Lakeshore, and Spadina, is rich with restaurants, theater, sporting events and live music. Some highlights include the Princess of Wales theater and Roy Thomson Hall for the performing arts. For popular dining, Alice Fazooli's and Joe Badali's hit the spot. For the sports nut, there's the SkyDome and the Air Canada Centre, and to sleep it all off the Crowne Plaza-Toronto Centre or the Holiday Inn on King.
River Don is one of the rivers which flow along the area of Toronto, that had original settlements. Sourcing from Oak Ridges Moraine, the Don passes through Toronto, Vaughan, Markham and Richmond Hill. With a length of 38 kilometers (24 miles), the river flows into the Keating Channel. The river has trails which are often explored by travelers.
The largest of the Toronto Islands, Centre Island is an ideal recluse to spend quality time. At the island, there are parks, picnic spots and beaches where one can engage in nature trails and other recreational activities. But the major crowd puller is the Centreville Amusement Park that houses thrilling rides and attractions!
Located in the Beaches area, the Ashbridge's Bay Park is one of the most beautiful outdoor spaces within the city limits. Known for its beaches and boardwalk, this is the place summertime was made for. Walk along the waterfront and enjoy the scenic view. You can sunbathe on the beach or take a dip in the lake. You'll also find in-line skaters, joggers and cyclists along the winding Martin Goodman Trail. Facilities include a fully accessible washroom, drinking fountain, fire-pits and picnic areas. There is a public boat launch and plenty of parking available.