In a concrete metropolis, visions of gleaming sky-scraping glass and robust steel structures may first come to mind. The views are incomparable but sometimes you just need a different outlook. Don’t fret, something more natural is closer than you think. King West is in close proximity to much of downtown Toronto’s best and beautiful parks. After a long winter of being cooped up indoors, it’s no wonder why park-hopping is one of Torontonians favorite pastimes.
Take a walk in the park on two legs or four. The neighborhood’s famous little people-park with off-leash dog area even encourages your (not your pooch) to do the crawl or dog-paddle in the inviting outdoor pool.
Trinity Bellwoods Park
In the summer the community comes together at Trinity Bellwoods Park. A massive mosaic of picnic blankets dot the lawns as patrons sip coffee or summon the courage to hone their tightrope walking skills. The park is served by a Community Centre that offers two pools, a weight room, gymnasium, running track, crafts and yoga rooms, a cluster of tennis courts and more. An off-leash gully, known as the Dog Bowl, extends the welcome to the canine contingent.
Discover the beauty that is Coronation Park. This grand 27-acre park is situated right alongside the waterfront. It’s the perfect place to find some inner peace and breathe some fresh air while onlooking the boats or lying under a canopy of trees. Bring the whole family including your furry friends as it has an off-leash dog park, 3 sports diamonds, and picnic benches.
Just south of King West you’ll find Garrison Common - A huge open space known for hosting outdoor events and festivals. Notably, it's also the Fort York National Historic Site where the final moments of the Battle of York occurred way back in 1813. As you roam about, you’ll find a beautiful series of red wayfinding panels outlining its heritage and geography. Talk about a walk in the park.
While Canoe Landing park is not quite the nature retreat, this urban park is a sight to see in its own unique way. If you’re an avid art enthusiast, you’ll enjoy the notable stand alone public art pieces here such as the big red canoe overlooking the Gardiner and colourful display of large fishing bobbers by Canadian artist Douglas Coupland. Feeling thirsty? A few bars are located just steps away - we recommend a table on the patio.