When’s the las time you went to a park? As we’ve entered into the fall and the leaves start to change you might want to take another stroll through one of Toronto’s parks. Not only is it important for your mental well being to take some time off and relax, but the autumn weather is the perfect time to get outdoors!
Here are 5 Toronto Park to explore this fall
I’ve got lots of fall rituals, buying gourds, putting up Halloween decorations, and having a nice cider with friends. However, my favourite thing to do when the weather changes is to head to High Park to see all the fall colours. Taking a second to appreciate the red, gold and orange is a great way to get into the autumnal spirit.
I think one of life’s best simple pleasures is sitting in a park with a hot cup of tea and book for a few hours. Dovercourt Park is one of my favourite places to sit and read. There’s plenty of benches, tables and grass to relax on. It’s also just a short walk from Caravan Café and Teahouse. They’ve got dozens of different kinds of tea and getting a new drink with a new book always is a great pick me up. There’s plenty for kids too. There’s a playground, baseball diamond and a community centre. I like Dovercourt so much because it always feels like there’s so much going on, but it’s never packed. If you’re tired of Trinity Bellwoods, Dovercourt might be worth checking out.
Don Valley Park
Looking for your next walk? One I’m looking to make before the snow falls is one around Riverdale. Maybe grab a bite to eat in Cabbagetown, admire the Victorian architecture then walk over to Riverdale Farm. It’s a great step back in time and a visit just feels right in the harvest season. Then walk up the Don Valley trail to Don Valley Park and on to the Brickworks. If you can, take the subway across the Prince Edward Viaduct. The view’s even nicer in the autumn.
Now one of the city’s little secrets is Bickford Park. Why is it a secret? It’s right next to Christie Pitts but not only is it much quieter, it also got a dog park. Who doesn’t like dogs? If you’ve got your own and haven’t been yet, it’s worth it. It’s one of the larger dog parks in the downtown. If you don’t have one, it’s a great place just to watch dogs hang out. Maybe you’ll even spot the breed for you! Bickford also has big tree free hills that make a great spot sit back and watch the sunset.
R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant
A park that I will always plug is the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant. “What? Why would I want to hang out at a water treatment plant” says the uninitiated. This is no mere water treatment plant. For starters it actually doesn’t smell so don’t’ even worry about that. Secondly, it’s one of Toronto’s most beautiful buildings. Really Toronto built the R.C Harris in the 30’s and back then the city took it’s municipal building seriously. It’s like an art deco castle! It looks over the lake and the view makes you feel like you’re staring off into the ocean. While not technically a park (I hope my editor forgives me) there’s still lots grass to relax and run around on.