Tommy Thompson Park

Tommy Thompson Park provides an outdoor oasis just a short distance from Downtown Toronto

View from Leslie Street Spit (Tommy Thompson Park)
View from Leslie Street Spit (Tommy Thompson Park)

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 Visit

Fee: No

Open Now

Hours 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

Directions

TTC Subway Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Bloor-DanforthDonlands Station7 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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Reviews

Rated 4.5 out of 5Tommy Thompson Park Star Rating

4 Star Rating Great for bike riding, not so good for walking. Cool bird spotting and access to the worst looking lighthouse in Canada.

Tyler Pennell - 1 day ago

5 Star Rating Best for views of skyline. Lots of birds. Good for quiet walks on weekends.

B Berry - 10 days ago

4 Star Rating Excellent space to walk, bike and watch some birds and Toronto skyline. Bring food, water and bug spray! The car parking lot used to close at 6 pm but now they leave it open. The light house is not open to public.

Chirag Joshi - 1 month ago

4 Star Rating Great place with a few flaws. Takes a very long time to go to the end. TTC service could not have been worse. The smell from the waste management is disgusting. The view is nice. Good for long walks with friends or bike rides.

Urban Grave - 1 month ago

5 Star Rating One of the best nature walks in town, although not truly natural (look at the history of the place). Great views of downtown Toronto, and the bike / walking paths are just the right spot for your trip. And the children will be thrilled! Don't miss. A true gem.

Noam Tau - 2 months ago

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Kayaking along the Leslie Street Spit

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