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
Open NowHours 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: Leslie Street Spit - Tommy Thompson Park
Accommodations near Leslie Street Spit - Tommy Thompson Park:
|TTC Subway Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Bloor-Danforth||Donlands Station||7 Minutes|
How to get to Leslie Street Spit - 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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This is a great place to go cycling on the weekend, or in the evenings. Do watch the hours of operation, however. In good weather, this area can get quite busy. There are some lovely spots to put your feet in the water, or to bird watch. Despite the folks during busy times, you can still usually find a quiet spot somewhere.
Cathy Bogaart - 8 days ago
Bring your walking shoes if you want to get all the way to the end, takes around an hour. There's a cute little floating bridge about 40 minutes in. Best views of the Toronto skyline at sunset, I've photographed many engagement session here. Also there's no streetlights so can feel a little unsafe after the sun goes down.
Ella White - 1 month ago
Just great for walking and exploring. Quiet. Rustic. Interesting. Great for birding, you never know what you'll spot. When you're here the city seems so far away. On weekends parking can be an issue.
Richard Carter - 2 months ago
UPD: As per park's response below, the park is closed on weekdays until 4pm. I went there one Wednesday morning and the park looked open to public. There were other visitors and park employees around. ORIGINAL: First of all, the park is open 24/7. The posted open hours are misleading as they only apply to the park's parking lot access. You can walk or cycle in anytime. Second, I think one day this will be the crown jewel of Toronto's parks. For now though it's a mixed bag. The idea of letting the nature to reclaim the former port lands is great, but some help would be nice. Like better maintenance of the walking paths and removing the plastics, which aren't going to break down any time soon. This is still the place I go for a long stroll in the city. The views are amazing and so are the birds watching opportunities.
Ian Melamud - 3 months ago
Such a lovely park, right in the city. Perfect for walking, running, cycling, birding or sitting at the beach. Since it is reclaimed land it has a bit of a port-industrial, and of the world feel to it. But in a cool way. The beaches on the south side are made of pebbles that use to be bricks and tiles and such, so you get a fantastic mix of colours. There are paved paths for bikes and strollers and also walking paths.
Ina Anreiter - 4 months ago