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Outdoor Guide & Activities in what is currently the GTHA

Shake Up The Establishment acknowledges that what is currently the City of Toronto is the land of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples.


Calling all outdoor enthusiasts within what is currently the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA)! We’ve created this guide and continuously growing list of outdoor activities and spaces as an introduction resource for various parks, gardens, and beaches throughout the area so that you can take the time to rest and recover in the beautiful outdoors that we’re all working so hard to save – while letting us help with the planning.


This is a guide for Toronto locals, newcomers, tourists, or anyone that is looking for new outdoor spaces within this area. We’ve provided a range of outdoor activities and trails of various difficulty levels for those who love hiking, trail running, and biking, amongst other outdoor activities, whether a seasoned outdoor adventurer, a beginner, and everyone in between.


We’ve outlined the location details, transportation options, recommended items and equipment, difficulty levels, and the amount of time each outdoor adventure and/or site might take approximately! You may find that you want to spend more time at certain spots just to appreciate their beauty for longer, so don’t sweat it if you’re there for longer than the approximate time we’ve outlined, as it’s just a general guide.


If you’re not located within what is currently the GTHA but are still on the hunt for your new favourite outdoor space, check out AllTrails – a living resource of new trails to discover, which are reviewed by their team of experts and global community of adventurers.

Name & Location

Transport

Equipment Necessary

Difficulty & Time

Allan Gardens

Conservatory


19 Horticultural Ave,

Toronto, ON

M5A 2P2


Open 10am-5pm

Monday - Sunday

Free Admission


Recommend for when the weather isn’t great!


Accessible by TTC

Comfortable walking shoes

Easy


0.5 hour - 1 hour

Ashbridges Bay Park


1561 Lake Shore Blvd E,

Toronto, ON

M4L 3W6


Accessible by public transit


Parking lot on-site


Bikes - optional;

Water bottle;

Runners &/or hiking shoes;

Swimsuit - optional


Easy


0.5 hour - 3 hours


Beamer Memorial Conservation Area


28 Quarry Rd,

Grimsby, ON

L3M 4E7


Open Every Day -

8am - 8pm


Note: Washroom facilities remain closed


Limited parking on-site

Comfortable walking shoes, hiking shoes, &/or runners;

Water bottle


Moderate - Difficult


1 hour - half a day


Blue Mountain Cascade Trail


190 Gord Canning Drive,

Blue Mountains, ON

L9Y 1C2


Hiking shoes, &/or runners;

Water bottle;

Bug repellant


Difficult


0.5 hour - 1 hour


Chorley Park Trail Connection


245 Douglas Dr,

Toronto, ON

M4W 2B9


Accessible by TTC

Comfortable walking shoes, hiking shoes, &/or runners;

Bikes - optional;

Water bottle


Easy


0.5 hour - half a day


Crothers Woods Loop


Crothers Woods Trail,

East York, ON

M4H 1P6


Accessible by TTC

Comfortable walking shoes, hiking shoes, &/or runners;

Water bottle


Moderate


1.5 hours - 2 hours


East Don Parkland


1240 Sheppard Ave. E,

North York, ON

M2K 2W1


Accessible by TTC


Note: Parking lot & washroom building will be closed until December 2025


Comfortable walking shoes, hiking shoes, &/or runners;

Bikes - optional;

Water bottle


Easy - Moderate


0.5 hour - 2 hours


Evergreen Brickworks


550 Bayview Ave,

Toronto, ON

M4W 3X8


Trail Map

​Detailed information on how to access the site here.


Supportive walking shoes &/or runners;

Water bottle


Easy - Moderate (some uphill/downhill terrain)


0.5 hour - 3 hours


High Park Toronto


1873 Bloor St W,

Toronto, ON

M6R 2Z3


Accessible by public transit


Parking on-site

Comfortable walking shoes &/or runners;

Waterbottle


Easy


0.5 hour - half a day


Humber River Recreation Trail


Humber River Recreational Trail,

Etobicoke, ON

M9A 3G9


Accessible by public transit

Bikes;

Water bottle


Easy - Moderate


1.5 hours - 2.5 hours


Moccasin Trail Park


55 Green Belt Dr,

Toronto, ON

L4Z 2P5


Accessible by TTC


Parking lot on-site


Comfortable walking shoes, hiking shoes, &/or runners; Bikes - optional; Water bottle

Easy


0.5 hour - half a day


Ontario Place


955 Lake Shore Blvd W,

Toronto, ON

M6K 3B9


Trillium Park & William G. Davis Trail

Open Daily

6am-11pm


Accessible by public transit


Parking on-site


Comfortable walking shoes &/or runners;

Waterbottle


Easy


0.5 hour - 3 hours


The Riverwood Property


4300 Riverwood Park Lane,

Mississauga, ON

L5C 2S7


Open Every Day -

7am - 11pm


Free parking - further info on website

Comfortable walking shoes, hiking shoes, &/or runners;

Water bottle


Easy


1 hour - half a day


Rouge National Urban Park


Zoo Rd,

Toronto, ON

M1B 5W8


Accessible by public transit

Runners &/or hiking shoes;

Water bottle


Easy - Difficult


10 minutes - 3 hours


(dependent on the trail)


Accessible by public transit


Parking lot on-site for Bluffer’s Park, Cudia Park, East Point Park, &

Rosetta McClain Gardens


Bikes - optional;

Water bottle;

Runners &/or hiking shoes;

Swimsuit - optional;

Towel - optional


Easy - Difficult


(dependent on the park & trail)


IMPORTANT: The Bluffs’ edge is unstable. Stay behind the fences and use your common sense. Do not approach the edge of the bluffs.


0.5 hour - half a day


Sunnyside Beach and Park


1755 Lake Shore Blvd W,

Toronto, ON

M6S 5A3


Accessible by public transit


Bikes - optional;

Supportive walking shoes &/or runners;

Water bottle


Easy


1 hour - half a day

Tommy Thompson Park


1 Leslie St,

Toronto, ON

M4M 3M2

Map


Comfortable walking shoes, hiking shoes, &/or runners;

Water bottle


Easy - Moderate


2 hours - 2.5 hours

Toronto Island


Lake Ontario


Comfortable walking shoes &/or runners;

Water bottle


Easy Half a day - a full day

Trinity Bellwoods Park


790 Queen St. W,

Toronto, ON

M6J 1G3


Accessible by TTC

Comfortable walking shoes;

Water bottle;

Picnic Blanket &/or Towel - optional (if you want to sit down on the grass)

Easy 0.5 hour - half a day

Waterfront Trail


Trail sections in:


Etobicoke (west)


Toronto (central)

Scarborough (east)


Map


Accessible by TTC

Bikes;

Hiking shoes, &/or runners;

Water bottle


Easy - Moderate


1 hour


Know of any other cool spots that we’re missing out on? Please feel free to reach out to: 3rs@shakeuptheestab.org and let us know!

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