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
I've done a couple of runs in the park during the summer. Coming here during the winter was nice but when you're walking it's a bit daunting - there are very long stretches. Views of the city were wonderful along with the various birds.
mister dumpling - 22 days ago
A great escape from busy city life. Who needs Muskoka? Seriously though, it's a great escape from the hustle and bustle.
stephen bodiam - 27 days ago
An amazing place for a walk or ride. About 5km from the entrance (car park) to the lighthouse but great views along the way. Really interesting wildlife (birds primarily) to see. Neat place to take the kids, but recommend bikes or scooters or you are unlikely to get that deep into the park...
Jordan Shapiro - 1 month ago
This park has potential that hasn’t quite been realized. The location is great, with easy access in the East end and great views of the city. It’s a bit “rough and ready” with its industrial roots showing with derelict buildings at various spots and old landfill metal bits poking up from the ground periodically. While perhaps deliberate, it feels more like “we didn’t have enough money to really make it in to a park”. One highlight was the impromptu “make your own inukshuk” area where people spontaneously started ripping rocks out of the landfill pile building their own statues with the CN Tower and Toronto waterfront in the background.
Geoff Langdon - 3 months ago
Love this park. Beautiful and would never expect it to be right at the foot of the city. Views looking back to the city are also stunning, and a different perspective from what one is typically used to seeing. The only downside to this park is the fact that it is a 'trail' park, with little other amenities like even an open field for someone to play frisbee or kick a ball around.
Ed Poon - 3 months ago