Toronto - Around Town - Greater Toronto (part 2) - Greenspaces, Restaurants

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A Day at the Beach


Begin at Sunset Grill, 2006 Queen St E, for breakfast. (The waffles are a local favorite.) Fortified, cross the street and meander toward the lake through Kew Gardens, noting the unusual circular path and rounded windows of Kew Williams Cottage, built in 1902, at the park’s south end. If you prefer cycling to walking, first check out Beach Cycles

(1882 Queen St E) for equipment rental.					

Reaching the boardwalk, turn right and follow it to the end, a 15 minute stroll. Look out for the paved path on the right; take it into Ashbridges Bay Park, where you can stroll along the waterfront, watching sailboats moor. The city view from the west side of the park is excellent.

For lunch, retrace your steps to Kew Gardens, then up to Queen St, for a famously good burger at Lick’s (No. 1960).


Spend the afternoon browsing the shops on Queen St, picking up at treat at The Nutty Chocolatier, No. 2179, to enjoy while taking a break at the serene sunken rock garden – Ivan Forest Gardens – at Queen St E and Glen Manor Dr.

Shopped out, snag a seat on Quigley’s patio (No. 2232) and relax with a refreshment. If you’re up for more walking, continue another 10 minutes east to the R. C. Harris Filtration Plant to stroll the grounds of this Art Deco gem and admire the view of the Scarborough Bluffs (see Guildwood’s Park) and Lake Ontario.


  1. Rouge Park

    North America’s largest urban park, home to the wildest natural area in the city, follows the course of the Rouge River. Many hiking trails.

    • 905 713 6038

  2. Kortright Center

    This premier conservation area hosts hands-on activities and guided nature walks for all ages – the nighttime “owl prowls” are very popular. Some 11 miles (18 km) of trails lead through forests, meadows, and Humber River valleylands.

    • 9550 Pine Valley Dr, Woodbridge

    • 905 832 2289

    • Adm

  3. Toronto Botanical Garden

    Magnificent floral displays are to be found in this large park by the Wilket Creek ravine. Kids’ activities at the superb teaching garden.

    • 777 Lawrence Ave E

    • 416 397 1340

  4. High Park

    Toronto’s largest downtown park has extensive trails through woodlands and oak savanna, along with playgrounds, tennis courts, a small zoo, historic Colborne Lodge, and a snack bar and restaurant.

    • 1873 Bloor St W

  5. Bluffer’s Park

    Dramatic sandstone cliffs rise 350 ft (110 m) above Lake Ontario, providing a spectacular backdrop to this east-end park. Marina and seasonal snack bar.

    • Brimley Rd, south end

    Bluffer’s Park
  6. Guildwood Park

    Enjoy gardens and naturalized areas full of woodland wildflowers at this Scarborough Bluff park. Intriguing architectural artifacts saved from demolished buildings dot the grounds.

    • 201 Guildwood Pkwy

    • 416 392 1111

  7. Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat

    Native flowers and shrubs attract butterflies at this lakeshore park with a great view of the city’s skyline. A demonstration garden highlights butterfly-attracting flowers for home gardens.

    • Humber Bay Park Rd E

    • 416 392 1339

  8. Sunnybrook Park

    Encompassing shady Burke Ravine and two forests, this park provides respite from summer heat. Interpretive nature trails; riding stables; several sports fields; picnic tables and restaurant.

    • Enter west of Leslie St via Wilket Creek Park

  9. Martin Goodman Trail

    Hugging Lake Ontario, the 12-mile (22 km) trail connects the waterfront parks and is popular with joggers, cyclists, and in-line skaters.

  10. Humber Arboretum

    Set near the West Humber River, this nature center has self-guided trails through woodlands and meadows, and fine exhibits on plants and wildlife.

    • 205 Humber College Blvd

    Humber Arboretum

Some parks close at dusk; call ahead to confirm hours. For more information on Toronto’s parks, visit the website


  1. Amaya

    Fresh textures and subtle spicing define the nouveau Indian cuisine at Amaya. Start off with the signature curry martini.

    • 1701 Bayview Ave

    • 416 322 3270

  2. Scaramouche

    The Pasta Bar is a Toronto institution – and less pricey than the elegant main dining room, which has been serving up inventive, consistently excellent cuisine for decades. Fabulous view of the city.

    • 1 Benvenuto Pl

    • 416 961 8011

    • main room

    • Pasta Bar

  3. Grano

    A cheerful, boisterous place with excellent, satisfying, Italian fare and a family atmosphere. There are lots of vegetarian options on the menu.

    • 2035 Yonge St

    • 416 440 1986

  4. North 44°

    Chef Mark McEwan dishes up modern international cooking – French classics with sophisticated twists. An impressive drinks and wine list.

    • 2537 Yonge St

    • 416 487 4897

  5. Via Allegro

    Authentic Italian food – pasta, seafood, and wood-fired oven pizzas – and an award-winning wine cellar which, with over 3,000 selections, is an oenophile magnet.

    • 1750 The Queensway

    • 416 622 6677

  6. Sushi Kaji

    Set menu options – including the deluxe, chef’s choice omakase menu – present course after course of wonderful, complex Japanese creations balanced with simple, incredibly fresh, sashimi and sushi.

    • 860 The Queensway

    • 416 252 2166

  7. Auberge du Pommier

    Classic French cooking with a contemporary twist. Two intimate rooms, a bar, and a small patio. In winter, ask for a table by the fireplace.

    • 4150 Yonge St

    • 416 222 2220

    Auberge du Pommier
  8. Dragon Dynasty

    Classic Chinese dishes more than make up for the unpromising surroundings of this restaurant, located in a mall.

    • 2301 Brimley Rd

    • 416 321 9000

  9. Katsura

    Japanese specialties such as sushi, sashimi, tempura, and grilled fish. Diners can sit at the sushi bar, around teppan tables in the dining room, or in private tatami rooms.

    • 900 York Mills Rd

    • 416 444 2511

  10. Pomegranate

    Reservations are essential at this popular Persian gem, where elaborate rice dishes are topped with rich sauces and aromatic flatbreads. A good wine list, traditional Persian furnishing, and music are other features.

    • 420 College St

    • 416 921 7557

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