Summertime just isn’t complete without a picnic! Torontonians are lucky because there are tons of beautiful green spaces in and around the Six to have the perfect picnic and take advantage of the warm weather. Parks are also a great way to socialize with your friends but adhere to physical distancing guidelines. So with the summer in full force, here are the 8 best parks to have a picnic in Toronto!
Aside from boasting some of the most gorgeous cherry blossom trees in the city, High Park is a great option because there are 18 designated picnic sites for large groups. But if you can’t get one, don’t worry— there are tons of lush, grassy spaces perfect for enjoying your wine and cheese.
With great views of Lake Ontario and Toronto’s inner harbour, this park is truly something special. Although on the smaller side, the park’s breathtaking design was inspired by Bach's First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello, with each section of the park corresponding to a different musical movement!
The hippest park in the city, this Queen West hotspot is sure to be packed all summer long. So if you’re planning a picnic with friends, be sure to arrive early to get your patch of grass!
With a baseball diamond, pool, basketball court, fire pit, sports field, playground, and private picnic shelters, this Bloor Street hotspot is the perfect place to take a swim and have a picnic!
Credit: Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
Ward’s Island is truly something unique! It’s only one short ferry ride away from downtown, yet it’s far enough from the hustle and bustle that not many tourists know about it. It’s the perfect private picnic experience with stunning views of the city and tons of grassy areas.
Calling all hikers! If you love to hike, then you need to check out Sunnybrook Park for tons of scenic trails with quiet forest areas and flowing rivers.
If the numerous bike trails, baseball diamond, and tennis courts didn’t convince you, then the picturesque view of the Toronto skyline will definitely seal the deal! This is the perfect spot for a romantic, sunset picnic!
If you’re looking for a sandy beach and a little escapism then you need to check out Bluffer’s Park! This manmade beach has some of the city’s best scenery (like 20km of towering white cliffs) and still has plenty of picnic tables and grassy areas to grab a bite with friends.