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: No

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


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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Rated 4.5 out of 5

4 Star Rating Long walks and fresh air is always good for you.

Александр Ткачёв - 12 days 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 - 5 months ago

5 Star Rating It is deeply located in Ontario lake, amazing place for bird viewing, hiking, cycling. If you want to find a quiet place not far away from noisy city, go there.

Yang Charles - 6 months ago

4 Star Rating A great park with outstanding views and wonderful scenery and trails. The only issue I have is the old gate and structure and construstion vehicles in the front of the park, which scaredme that first time I had visited.

DreaminMachine - 8 months ago

5 Star Rating Such a great place to go for a long bike ride. The views are spectacular and worth the at times patchy pavement. You really get the opportunity to appreciate a different part of the city here. With a strong focus on conservation and wildlife it's a great place to spend some time. Timing of when the park is open to the public is not necessarily straightforward. Often there will be a closed sign but there will be people everywhere going in and out including staff who are not fussed about it.

Spencer Barnes - 9 months ago


Kayaking along the Leslie Street Spit

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