Toronto isn't exactly the greenest city in the world. While other cities have made sure to keep plenty of trees along their thoroughfares and reserve swaths of land for parks and trails, Toronto, especially its downtown core, is given over almost entirely to the condo. Torontonians can still find some green spaces to relax in if they know where to look, however. Here are a few of our favorites that are near enough to downtown to visit.
Allan Gardens is one of the oldest parks in the country and features rare tropical plants from all over the world in both indoor and outdoor settings. This is a great place to go to in Toronto and to enjoy a splash of color during the bleak winter months, as the park has its own glassed in conservatory. Make sure to visit in December to take in the Victorian Christmas show, which features special poinsettias, caroling, and more.
At over 400 acres, High Park is one of Toronto's largest green spaces. It contains two deep ravines, which are mostly left to their own devices, while other sections of the park feature groomed trails, playgrounds, sporting fields, and picnic areas. If you're sick of looking at commercial buildings, this is one of the only places you can come where you can't see any buildings at all. High Park is a great place for kids, as it also has a swimming pool, gardens, and a zoo. Shakespeare In The Park is held here in the summer.
Trinity Bellwoods Park is one of the best places to go in the city if you're a dog owner, as the city's off leash area is a large ravine known as the Dog Bowl that had actually been featured in movies. The park is also home to a community center with indoor pools and sports arenas as well as outdoor sporting fields. As an event planner, you may be interested to know that events such as Portugal Day and the Queen West Art Crawl are held in this park.
Toronto has an extensive shoreline, but much of it is taken over by buildings so that people who do events in Toronto can give their clients conference rooms with water views. If you want to explore the natural shoreline head to Tommy Thompson Park, which is 500 acres of wilderness on a mad made spit. It's popular with hikers, cyclists, sailing enthusiasts, fishers, and bird watchers.
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