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: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

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 5

5 Star Rating I love this park, it's such a perfect oasis of wilderness on the edge of the water, with lovely views of the city. Great for birdwatching too.

Anne de Haas - 6 days ago

5 Star Rating Not as crowded as the island. Great for *long journey into nature. I like biking unless I have a larger part of the day to spend there. Head north for some grocery stores for snacks and refreshments *For the city

eren hasip - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Great conservation area to walk or bike through. I've always wanted to go, and today I took the waterfront trail to get here. There's trails to go bird watching, and a great view of the Toronto skyline. It's out of the way without a car, but well worth it. Park is only open weekdays 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 pm, and weekends & holidays 5:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Janny Lee - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating One of my absolute favourite spots in the city to bike to on a nice sunny day. Beautiful views of downtown Toronto and a long, scenic path free of any car traffic. Be ready for a long ride and keep your eyes out for all the various species of birds who call the park home.

Nick Passakas - 3 months ago

4 Star Rating Tommy Thompson Park aka The Leslie Street Spit is a natural gem in the heart of the city. Trails and paths for walkers, cyclists, fishers and bird watchers. Educational information for kids, students and naturists. Great fun to cycle to the lighthouse at the tip of the spit. Enjoy your visit to this park and quickly forget you are in Canada's largest city. There are no concession facilities. Restroom access is seasonal. Limited operating and parking hours. Please check web site before visiting.

Joe Doran - 3 months ago

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Kayaking along the Leslie Street Spit

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