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The 13 Best Parks to Explore in Toronto 
Toronto is a bustling metropolis with a diverse population and plenty of things to see and do. And what better way to explore all that Toronto has to offer than by visiting its many parks? From massive urban green spaces to pretty city gardens, here are 13 of the best parks to explore in Toronto. We chose these based on their size, amenities, reviews, and accessibility.
Parks are great places to people watch, get some fresh air, and take in the sights and sounds of the city. They’re also perfect for picnics, Frisbee games, and lazy days spent lounging in the sun. So whether you’re looking for a place to play or just want to relax, be sure to check out one of Toronto’s many wonderful parks.
Many of Toronto’s parks are also great for table tennis. If you’re looking for a place to play, here are some of the best spots for outdoor table tennis in Toronto.
13. June Callwood Park
Address: 636 Fleet St, Toronto
12. Greenwood Conservation Area
Address: 2290 Greenwood Rd, Ajax
11. Christie Pits Park
Address: 750 Bloor St W, Toronto
10. Kariya Park
Address: 3620 Kariya Dr, Mississauga
If you want to catch a glimpse of Kyoto in Toronto, then take a visit to Kariya Park. Inspired by the Japanese pavilions, Kariya Park in Mississauga is an official sister city to Kariya in Japan. A beautiful gazebo with cherry blossom trees and an enchanting duck pond offers an ideal background for casual pictures or professional photography for special occasions like a wedding or prom. This park is the place to spend some quiet time strolling past bridges, stone sculptures and basking in the sun. This year will mark the park’s 40th anniversary of friendship with its sister city Kariya, Japan which you can catch live, virtually on July 7 at 8PM EST via the City of Mississauga’s Youtube Channel.
9. Sunnybrook Park
Address: 1132 Leslie St, Toronto
For those interested in watching birds we also recommend visiting Sunnybrook Park at the intersection of Leslie and Eglinton Ave E. It is rated the number #1 spot for birdwatching by the City of Toronto’s Biodiversity Series booklet. They have 25 trails to explore via biking or walking. Those with pets can bring their buddies along to their large off-leash area. Nearby is a riding school, so if you’re lucky you might see some horses. This is a gem if you’re looking for a safe place to barbeque, since it has plenty of picnic tables and grills on the grounds. Here, you can end your day playing football in one of its huge fields.
8. Port Union Waterfront Park
Address: 169 Chesterton Shores, Scarborough
7. Toronto Island Park
Address: Ferry Dock, Toronto
6. High Park
Address: 1873 Bloor St W, Toronto
5. Rouge National Urban Park, Rouge Beach and Marsh
Address: 195 Rouge Hills Dr, Scarborough
4. R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant
Address: 2701 Queen St E, Scarborough
3. Humber Bay Park West
Address: 100 Humber Bay Park Rd W, Toronto
2. Riverdale Park East
Address: 550 Broadview Ave, Toronto
As one of the best places to catch the sunset, Riverdale Park East is a 6 minute walk from Broadview subway station. The view is more than just breathtaking, as you can sit atop the hill while the weather is warm or toboggan down its slope in the winter. Grabbing a bite to eat is really easy at Riverdale Park, since many great local places like Rooster coffeehouse are within walking distance. It’s truly the best lookout spot in the city, with a magical view of the skyscrapers that make up the city.
Address: 475 Queens Quay W, Toronto
Lastly, at number 1 on our list of the best parks in downtown Toronto is none other than Toronto Music Garden, an urban oasis and hidden park in the middle of Lakeshore East and West. Designed by Julie Messervy with the help of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department and in part by the famous cellist Yo Yo Ma, the landscape was inspired by Bach’s Suite No. 1 for Unaccompanied Cello which also spawned a 6-part film series. The sweeping sounds and grooves of each suite of the symphony dance within the huge grass steps of its outdoor amphitheatre, perfect for a brunch with friends. In the summer, you can see live concerts by international classical performers of the Summer Music in the Garden series provided by the Harbourfront Centre.