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: 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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It's a great place to bike or walk. Parking is free, and so far I never had problem to find one. It's about 5km from entrance to the far end and it's pretty flat road. So 10km for round trip. My walking app shows elevation is almost zero.
Luc Y - 1 day ago
Free entrance. Nice views on the Toronto skyline. Great for bird watching. One can nicely cycle on the main paths. Lot's of small hidden paths that are worth exploring.
Markus Gramer - 5 days ago
Amazing place to hike or bike. Peaceful and no cars allowed. Lot to explore. Will have to come back another day to see the rest.
Shadman Siddiqui - 5 days 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 - 8 days ago
This is actually a really cool park, right at the Toronto water front. At a cold November day there are not many people there, and it’s easy to find free parking. There os lots of gravel that gets retaken by nature. A really unique and fun landscape! Great for taking pictures. Hiking on a round trip takes 2-3 hours. Highly recommend : )
Vasco Elbrecht - 13 days ago