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 Now: NoHours 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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My has this place blossomed over the years great trails for biking and hiking. Many beautiful wild flowers scattered about and many spices of birds to watch. Bring your bird book! A great place if you enjoy photography and or making films. Great views and freash air you will have a hard time believing your in the city. If it weren't for that magnificent Toronto skyline peering at you through the trees! Definitely a place to discover and get lost for a few hours.
Chuck Maloney - 1 day ago
It's a hike, but it's a great get away, but not that far from the city. Probably next, bring a bike
Vince Romey - 1 month ago
Gorgeous place. It's a nice walk and I often get spectacular photos when I'm there.
Andrew Byers - 2 months ago
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 - 2 months ago
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 - 4 months ago