What are the best parks in Toronto?

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Ilona Kauremszky

With Toronto’s condo boom and more construction than you could imagine, the precious green space around the city has instantly become a huge hit for locals and tourists. 

Try the tried and true.

High Park – Located in Toronto’s west end on the subway line (you get off at the High Park station and cross the street), miles and miles of green patch situated on a former cottage of one of Toronto’s early city mavericks, John Howard, has walking trails, a wonderful pond teeming with wildlife, some historic buildings, and a couple of fun surprises: a zoo and an alfresco summer stage. The zoo has resident animals like lamas, bison and peacocks.

Toronto Botanical Garden  – Located in the city’s north end also accessible by public transit (although it’s a bit of a longer ride from downtown due to the distance), this slice of aromatic bliss tickles the senses with its abundant florals and wild herbs. I love wandering and exploring the fabulous gardens and grabbing a lunch at the Garden Cafe where owners Omar and Betsy Price of P&H Farms outside Port Hope whip up a menu using locally sourced organic foods. Watch for a Farmers Market held at the TBG on Thursdays 3 pm – 7 pm until Oct. 10.

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