Living in Toronto can be a bit frustrating at times. With little to no outdoor space, shared walls and communal laundry spaces, sometimes you just need some fresh air! That’s why we wanted to highlight some of the best parks and places in Toronto that won’t make you feel like you’re in the middle of a bustling city. Check out these city escapes that are just steps from your door!

 
Humber Bay Park and Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat
 
(image frmo The City of Toronto)
 
This waterfront park is located in the west end of the city along Lakeshore Blvd.  The park consists of two land splits separating the park into a west and east side that opts for even more exploring. The space in Humber Bay East was designated to attract butterflies by planting nectar plants, and providing close proximity to water. Both the east and west side are perfect for a morning run or walk in the park with your dog. This stunning location not only offers panoramic views of the Toronto skyline but also the perfect escape from the crowd’s and nightlife. Grab your date and find a secluded spot, as having your own campfire in the park is the real hidden gem!
 
Allan Gardens Conservatory
 
(Image from Balancing Act)
 
Allan Gardens is one of the oldest parks in Toronto. Situated on land donated by the Toronto Horticulture Society, the conservatory is home to six greenhouses that house exotic and water wheel plants, small turtles and a variety of squirrels and doves. Tour the 16,000 sq. ft. conservatory and see nature in a completely new way. See plants like Orchids, Cacti, Banana Trees, Palm Trees and much more! Come out and escape to this magical botanical gem in the heart of the city!   
 
Cloud Gardens Conservatory
 
(Image from The House Plant Journal)
 
This very well may be the city’s most charming park. Tucked inside the streets of the Financial District, the Cloud Gardens is a perfect oasis in the middle of the city. Surrounded by a canopy of trees and small greenhouse that is set to the cool and moist conditions of a rainforest, this is the perfect getaway when you’re just looking for some peace and quiet. So grab your favorite book and spend the afternoon under the trees.
 
Toronto Music Garden
 
(Image from The City of Toronto)
 
Located at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Music Gardens is home to a vast trail of forest and wildflowers along Toronto’s waterfront. Designed by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy, the garden is composed of six sections that each corresponds with a different dance move of Bach’s First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello. Prelude, is represented by a flowing river. Allemande represents the thick Birch forest in the garden. French Courante is expressed through the spiraling swirl through the lush field of grass and bright flowers. The Sarabande is a small grove in the shape of an arc.  Menuett is a symmetrically designed portion of the garden where you will find a circular pavilion. And last is Gigue, which is represented by a series of giant grass steps that offer a spectacular view into the harbour. Spend the day relaxing with one of their guided tours through the garden, which are available every Wednesday between June and September. Or you can take part in a self-guided audio tour narrated by Yo-Yo Ma and Julie Moir Messervy.
 
Honorable Mention…
 
Toronto Island
 
(Image from Toronto Fun Places)
 
Toronto Island is no secret to Toronto residents, and although it may be under water at the moment, it does not mean it doesn’t deserve an honorable mention. Just a short ferry ride from the harbour and you will be transported to a different lifestyle. See how locals on the island live by renting a bike and peddle between the three islands. There are beautiful swimming beaches on the island, canoe and kayak rentals, an outdoor theatre, natural walking trails, and lots of large grassy fields perfect for picnics and outdoor sports! The best parts about the islands are the panoramic views of the skyline. With so many trails and places to wander, this is one city escape worthy of an all day adventure!

 

Living in Toronto can be a bit frustrating at times. With little to no outdoor space, shared walls and communal laundry spaces, sometimes you just need some fresh air! That’s why we wanted to highlight some of the best parks and places in Toronto that won’t make you feel like you’re in the middle of a bustling city. Check out these city escapes that are just steps from your door!

 
Humber Bay Park and Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat
 
(image frmo The City of Toronto)
 
This waterfront park is located in the west end of the city along Lakeshore Blvd.  The park consists of two land splits separating the park into a west and east side that opts for even more exploring. The space in Humber Bay East was designated to attract butterflies by planting nectar plants, and providing close proximity to water. Both the east and west side are perfect for a morning run or walk in the park with your dog. This stunning location not only offers panoramic views of the Toronto skyline but also the perfect escape from the crowd’s and nightlife. Grab your date and find a secluded spot, as having your own campfire in the park is the real hidden gem!
 
Allan Gardens Conservatory
 
(Image from Balancing Act)
 
Allan Gardens is one of the oldest parks in Toronto. Situated on land donated by the Toronto Horticulture Society, the conservatory is home to six greenhouses that house exotic and water wheel plants, small turtles and a variety of squirrels and doves. Tour the 16,000 sq. ft. conservatory and see nature in a completely new way. See plants like Orchids, Cacti, Banana Trees, Palm Trees and much more! Come out and escape to this magical botanical gem in the heart of the city!   
 
Cloud Gardens Conservatory
 
(Image from The House Plant Journal)
 
This very well may be the city’s most charming park. Tucked inside the streets of the Financial District, the Cloud Gardens is a perfect oasis in the middle of the city. Surrounded by a canopy of trees and small greenhouse that is set to the cool and moist conditions of a rainforest, this is the perfect getaway when you’re just looking for some peace and quiet. So grab your favorite book and spend the afternoon under the trees.
 
Toronto Music Garden
 
(Image from The City of Toronto)
 
Located at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Music Gardens is home to a vast trail of forest and wildflowers along Toronto’s waterfront. Designed by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy, the garden is composed of six sections that each corresponds with a different dance move of Bach’s First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello. Prelude, is represented by a flowing river. Allemande represents the thick Birch forest in the garden. French Courante is expressed through the spiraling swirl through the lush field of grass and bright flowers. The Sarabande is a small grove in the shape of an arc.  Menuett is a symmetrically designed portion of the garden where you will find a circular pavilion. And last is Gigue, which is represented by a series of giant grass steps that offer a spectacular view into the harbour. Spend the day relaxing with one of their guided tours through the garden, which are available every Wednesday between June and September. Or you can take part in a self-guided audio tour narrated by Yo-Yo Ma and Julie Moir Messervy.
 
Honorable Mention…
 
Toronto Island
 
(Image from Toronto Fun Places)
 
Toronto Island is no secret to Toronto residents, and although it may be under water at the moment, it does not mean it doesn’t deserve an honorable mention. Just a short ferry ride from the harbour and you will be transported to a different lifestyle. See how locals on the island live by renting a bike and peddle between the three islands. There are beautiful swimming beaches on the island, canoe and kayak rentals, an outdoor theatre, natural walking trails, and lots of large grassy fields perfect for picnics and outdoor sports! The best parts about the islands are the panoramic views of the skyline. With so many trails and places to wander, this is one city escape worthy of an all day adventure!

 

Living in Toronto can be a bit frustrating at times. With little to no outdoor space, shared walls and communal laundry spaces, sometimes you just need some fresh air! That’s why we wanted to highlight some of the best parks and places in Toronto that won’t make you feel like you’re in the middle of a bustling city. Check out these city escapes that are just steps from your door!

 
Humber Bay Park and Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat
 
(image frmo The City of Toronto)
 
This waterfront park is located in the west end of the city along Lakeshore Blvd.  The park consists of two land splits separating the park into a west and east side that opts for even more exploring. The space in Humber Bay East was designated to attract butterflies by planting nectar plants, and providing close proximity to water. Both the east and west side are perfect for a morning run or walk in the park with your dog. This stunning location not only offers panoramic views of the Toronto skyline but also the perfect escape from the crowd’s and nightlife. Grab your date and find a secluded spot, as having your own campfire in the park is the real hidden gem!
 
Allan Gardens Conservatory
 
(Image from Balancing Act)
 
Allan Gardens is one of the oldest parks in Toronto. Situated on land donated by the Toronto Horticulture Society, the conservatory is home to six greenhouses that house exotic and water wheel plants, small turtles and a variety of squirrels and doves. Tour the 16,000 sq. ft. conservatory and see nature in a completely new way. See plants like Orchids, Cacti, Banana Trees, Palm Trees and much more! Come out and escape to this magical botanical gem in the heart of the city!   
 
Cloud Gardens Conservatory
 
(Image from The House Plant Journal)
 
This very well may be the city’s most charming park. Tucked inside the streets of the Financial District, the Cloud Gardens is a perfect oasis in the middle of the city. Surrounded by a canopy of trees and small greenhouse that is set to the cool and moist conditions of a rainforest, this is the perfect getaway when you’re just looking for some peace and quiet. So grab your favorite book and spend the afternoon under the trees.
 
Toronto Music Garden
 
(Image from The City of Toronto)
 
Located at Harbourfront Centre, Toronto Music Gardens is home to a vast trail of forest and wildflowers along Toronto’s waterfront. Designed by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and landscape designer Julie Moir Messervy, the garden is composed of six sections that each corresponds with a different dance move of Bach’s First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello. Prelude, is represented by a flowing river. Allemande represents the thick Birch forest in the garden. French Courante is expressed through the spiraling swirl through the lush field of grass and bright flowers. The Sarabande is a small grove in the shape of an arc.  Menuett is a symmetrically designed portion of the garden where you will find a circular pavilion. And last is Gigue, which is represented by a series of giant grass steps that offer a spectacular view into the harbour. Spend the day relaxing with one of their guided tours through the garden, which are available every Wednesday between June and September. Or you can take part in a self-guided audio tour narrated by Yo-Yo Ma and Julie Moir Messervy.
 
Honorable Mention…
 
Toronto Island
 
(Image from Toronto Fun Places)
 
Toronto Island is no secret to Toronto residents, and although it may be under water at the moment, it does not mean it doesn’t deserve an honorable mention. Just a short ferry ride from the harbour and you will be transported to a different lifestyle. See how locals on the island live by renting a bike and peddle between the three islands. There are beautiful swimming beaches on the island, canoe and kayak rentals, an outdoor theatre, natural walking trails, and lots of large grassy fields perfect for picnics and outdoor sports! The best parts about the islands are the panoramic views of the skyline. With so many trails and places to wander, this is one city escape worthy of an all day adventure!

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