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
Official Website: Leslie Street Spit - Tommy Thompson ParkFee: No
Hours may be subject to change. Please verify on the official website, especially where Covid restrictions are in effect.
- Saturday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
- Sunday: 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
3 Leslie Street
Toronto, ON M4M 3M9
Phone: +1 416-661-6600
Kat J. Apr-01-2021
I love biking around here. There is a great path from Leslie to cherry that whines through the forrest and then when you go deeper you get to the spit... Read More
Amber Y. Mar-19-2017
You are so very lovely for something manmade. Cyclist's Guide: - subtract 10° from the current temperature - the left gravel path returning from the... Read More
Katherine P. Oct-12-2015
I had never been here, or even really heard of this place, until Lee suggested we do a 50K ride from New Toronto over here and back. I'm really glad he... Read More
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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