Toronto is full of beautiful attractions. Many of the beaches here look more like lavish lakeside resorts. Numerous walking trails wind through popular parks and gardens. Then, there are enchanting forests with fairytale kind of landscapes. With all this and much more to see, it’s a pleasure to explore Toronto. Here’s a quick rundown on five such fabulous places.

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High Park

Hiking trails, playgrounds, a zoo and some historical buildings – High Park is indeed a gem among Toronto’s parks. This 161 hectare public park is a sheer delight for keen walkers and joggers, thanks to its amazing pathways. The park abounds with scenic picnic areas, ponds and landscaped gardens. Colborne Lodge, the star highlight of the park boasts original paintings of ancient Toronto and thus tops the itineraries of art connoisseurs.

Toronto Islands

Toronto Islands, the popular recreational destination of Canada is like a new world in itself. The islands delight thousands of visitors with spellbinding views of the city’s skyline on one end and the Lake Ontario on the other. The central part of the islands features a small amusement park, which remains an all-time favourite attraction among kids. Hanlan’s Point is another popular attraction and makes for a great place to picnic and enjoy bike rides.

Rouge Park

One of the main urban wilderness regions of Canada, Rouge Park is part historical site and part protected reserve. The park is an amazing amalgamation of wetlands, farms, meadows and forests spread over a total area of 47 square kilometres. An oasis for wildlife (deer, beavers and reptiles), the park is perfect for game-viewing. Hiking, trekking and camping are some of the popular adventure activities that you may enjoy at the park.

Ashbridge’s Bay

Ashbridge’s Bay sprawls across 35 hectares of waterfront parkland and features incredible delights such as public boat launch ramps and a skateboard area. There is also a rugby pitch and regional slo-pitch softball centre. Pedestrian and bicycle trails dot the Martin Goodman Trail, while the Woodbine Beach boardwalk complements the beautiful beaches of the bay. Boardwalk Bistro is an excellent spot to unwind at after spending the day exploring Ashbridge’s Bay.

Riverdale Park and Farm

Boasting spectacular views of Toronto’s looming skyline, Riverdale Park and Farm is 18 hectares of sheer greenery. With tennis courts, running tracks, a couple of baseball diamonds and an ice rink, Riverdale is a haven for sports buffs. Watch the sunset with your beloved or enjoy a family picnic! On the West of the park is Riverdale Farm, which has been fashioned like a 19th century Ontario farm.

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