City of Toronto – Parks and Recreation Services
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Tommy Thompson Park
This 5km peninsula made from landfill has been transformed by nature into an extraordinary wildlife and bird reserve where people can find a car-free refuge to enjoy quiet time. Open weekends only.
A quick ferry ride glides you across the harbour to this car-free paradise. Definitely think about spending a day and bringing a picnic lunch or opting for an island restaurant. Didn’t bring a bike with you on the ferry? You can rent one at Centre Island’s pier. There’s no better way to scout all that the islands have to offer.
Toronto’s foremost specialists of inline skate and mountain bike rentals with a friendly and comfortable recreational environment. Let’s get rolling!
Belt Line Park
Discovery Walk and paved trails – this 4.5 km recreational trail is along the route of the 1890s Belt Line commuter steam railway which once circled the city.
Betty Sutherland Park
The Betty Sutherland Trail follows the meanders of the East Don River from Duncan Mill Road to Sheppard Avenue. A small community called Oriole developed at the Leslie Street and Sheppard Avenue intersection during the late 1800’s. It was probably named after the many Baltimore Orioles which inhabited the area during the summer months. Some of the land in this area belonged to George S. Henry, Premier of Ontario from 1930 to 1934. Henry purchased the south-east corner of Sheppard Avenue and Leslie Street from James Stewart in 1898 and established Oriole Lodge Farms, a dairy farm with over eighty Holstein cows. His original farmhouse still overlooks the river valley.
High Park is the only area in Southern Ontario to combine the woodlands, wetlands and rare oak savannah habitats that were once common throughout Toronto. On almost 160 hectares of public parkland, the park stretches from Bloor Street south to the lakeshore. There is an effort to restore High Park’s endangered oak savannah because a majority of the trees have reached maturity, are diseased, and are not regenerating.
Toronto Cycling Committee
The Toronto Cycling Committee is a volunteer organization that advises City Council and City departments on the design, development and delivery of bicycle policies, programs and facilities to promote and enhance cycling in Toronto.