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

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 Gorgeous place. It's a nice walk and I often get spectacular photos when I'm there.

Andrew Byers - 10 days ago

4 Star Rating Great for angling, birding, hiking, cycling and exploring. Saw so much on the nature walk, it was absolutely stunning to have such a nature preserve in the city center.

Shawna B - 18 days ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful place to visit! If you didn't bring a bike, scooter, or set of roller blades, be prepared to walk FAR. But it's definitely a beautiful trek that's worth it. Nice and peaceful, great views of the city, and no cars!

Francis Roque - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating Man Made Conservation park, Long walk, ideal for bird watchers and cycling groups.. be prepared to go with extra water .. perfect weekend getaway, only open in weekends.. limited restroom access.. should at least have one coffee shop drinking water facilities..

Rama Krishna Daripalli - 2 months ago

4 Star Rating Only realistically accessible by a mountain bike due to its very long length. Also do not approach the nesting areas or you will be attacked by hundreds of (seagulls) birds, they literally nest by the tens of thousands out on this man made island like place. You have been warned, it is no small matter.

Tasty Worker - 3 months ago

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Kayaking along the Leslie Street Spit

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