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Best Outdoor Activities in Toronto

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To know any city inside out, you need to wander through its lanes and absorb experiences. And what could be more enriching than viewing any city on a bicycle? If you are an outdoor enthusiast and love to explore new places, then the Toronto Bicycle Tours will be the right choice for your tours in the city. With locals and expert guides on board, you can hop on to your bicycle and roam around getting to know the city better. Tours are open for all ages, and include the use of bicycle and helmet.

River Humber which flows in southern Ontario has its source at Humber Springs Ponds. Travelling a mighty length of 100 kilometers (62 miles), it meets the Humber Bay in Lake Ontario. A lot of recreational opportunities are available at the river. Beautiful hiking trails, fishing and boating is something that you can expect to do here. The Humber has been honored as a Canadian Heritage River in 1999.

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.

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.

The Kay Gardner Beltline Park is characterized by the Beltline Trail that was established way back in 1892. Although the railroad functioned only till 1894, the railroad has escaped any major redevelopment even today. Passing over the infamous Yonge Street, this defunct railway route offers many inspiring panoramas that are extremely different from typical Toronto scenes in general. Peaceful and quiet, the park makes for a great intimate lunch spot.

Managed and maintained by the Conservation Halton, the Rattlesnake Point is a conservation area and is a hub of hiking, cycling, rock-climbing and similar activities. If you are not interested in adventurous activities, visit this area for its scenic locale and picturesque views.

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.

It is hard to imagine a wilderness area near the thriving business district of downtown Toronto, but that is just what one finds at Rouge Park. The large park is home to a variety of rare plant and animal species which can be admired from areas like Glen Eagles Vista. Rouge Park is ideal for outdoor activities like hiking, canoeing, camping, swimming and picnics. Two national historic sites, the Toronto Carrying Place Trail and Bead Hill, are located within the park.

Located in the suburb of North York, this picturesque public golf course is a favorite with avid golfers in and around the area. An 18-hole course, the Don Valley Golf Course invites golfers of every stripe, and offers a fairly challenging game with its mounds, valleys, and sloping fairways. Its reasonably priced green fees are an added bonus. The course also has an on-site restaurant, a pro shop, and parking space for 142 cars.

A loop trail that encircles the rolling green expanses of High Park, the eponymous High Park Trails are one of the city's prime areas for hiking. These asphalt trails wind their way through seven kilometers (4.34 miles) of natural beauty, and offer varied opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts that range from hiking, biking and running, to nature walking, and even snowshoeing in the winter. As you make your way along the length of the trail, admire from a distance the mystical hues of the wild blue lupine and gnarly beauty of the oak savannahs that dot the park.

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