Tommy Thompson Park is located on the Leslie Street Spit, a man made peninsula that extends for about 5 km out into Lake Ontario providing a quiet place to walk and explore and offering some excellent views of the Toronto skyline. A walk on the spit will provide you with lots of opportunities to capture great photographs of the resident wildlife.
Construction of the peninsula was started late in the 1950s by the Toronto Harbour Commission to create a breakwater for an outer harbour. The need for an outer harbour never came to pass, however the Leslie Street Spit offered a convenient location for dumping the earth and rubble resulting from the many building projects in the rapidly developing city. Over the years, advocates for the spit have helped protect it's status as a natural conservation area. The northern portion has been designated as Tommy Thompson Park, while the southern half is still used for dumping. Eventually the entire area will become parkland. Presently the Spit is just open on weekends and holidays from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm in the summer and from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm in the winter. It is closed weekdays due to ongoing work and to help preserve its natural environment.
The Leslie Street Spit is now home to about 400 plant species along with cottonwood and poplar forests. There are over 300 bird species that can be found on the Spit, 45 of which breed there. There are no cars allowed on the Spit, so this is for 'walkers' and don't forget that the park is closed on weekdays. Bring your camera!
Facts For Your VisitFee: No
Currently ClosedHours This Week:
- Monday: 4:00 – 9:00 PM
- Tuesday: 4:00 – 9:00 PM
- Wednesday: 4:00 – 9:00 PM
- Thursday: 4:00 – 9:00 PM
- Friday: 4:00 – 9:00 PM
- Saturday: 5:30 AM – 9:00 PM
- Sunday: 5:30 AM – 9:00 PM
Address: 1 Leslie St, Toronto, ON M4M 3M2, Canada
Phone: (416) 661-6600
Official Website: Tommy Thompson Park
|TTC Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Bloor-Danforth||Donlands Station||7 Minutes|
How to get to Tommy Thompson Park by TTC Subway
From Donlands Station take the #83 Jones bus south to Leslie Street at Commissioners. Continue walking south along Leslie Street about 500 metres to the park entrance.
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Ratedout of 5
A great park with outstanding views and wonderful scenery and trails. I've begun coming here one a regular interval, this place offers such a peaceful, beautiful spot in the city, where you can see the might of a city in the form of a skyline, yet have nature and wildlife surround you as you enter this lovely park. There's some great environmental work being done here to help wildlife, and tons of cool spots in the park for activities and views.
DreaminMachine - 4 days ago
Great place to visit for a hike. This is all reclaimed land at the base of Leslie street. There is free parking at the entrance. In the spring and summer they do guided walks to observe the various birds that nest here. When we were there cormorants were nesting. You can either go straight down the paved path which will take about an hour to get to the lighthouse. Or take one of the natural paths which will take longer. You will be rewarded with great views of the lake and the city. In the spring and early summer you will see many species of birds as well.
Kartik Kulkarni - 26 days ago
Tommy Thompson is one of the many fantastic spots to enjoy Toronto’s green space. Located in close proximity to the downtown core, I would recommend either biking or driving as it’s close to a 3 hour round trip walk all the way out to the end (Leslie street spits). Awesome views, great to be able to enjoy nature so close to one of North America’s largest cities.
Dylan Gartner - 1 month ago
Beautiful scenery (view of downtown also) which makes for amazing photos. Make sure to go to the bathroom before getting there. Not many facilities for washrooms nor food or beverage. Bring your own stuff. Worth going though 😉
Sara Valcourt - 1 month ago
One of the best parks around Toronto for cycling, jogging or walking. Go early in the morning if you want to see birds. Beautiful scenery. Breathtaking views of the downtown Toronto across the lake. Check weather before going as there are only a few places of shelter. Take plenty of water. Ample parking. Parking also available on roadside near entrance at Leslie Street.
Channaka de Silva - 2 months ago