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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Ratedout of 5
This park has potential that hasn’t quite been realized. The location is great, with easy access in the East end and great views of the city. It’s a bit “rough and ready” with its industrial roots showing with derelict buildings at various spots and old landfill metal bits poking up from the ground periodically. While perhaps deliberate, it feels more like “we didn’t have enough money to really make it in to a park”. One highlight was the impromptu “make your own inukshuk” area where people spontaneously started ripping rocks out of the landfill pile building their own statues with the CN Tower and Toronto waterfront in the background.
Geoff Langdon - 1 month ago
Love this park. Beautiful and would never expect it to be right at the foot of the city. Views looking back to the city are also stunning, and a different perspective from what one is typically used to seeing. The only downside to this park is the fact that it is a 'trail' park, with little other amenities like even an open field for someone to play frisbee or kick a ball around.
Ed Poon - 1 month ago
Beautiful with the water and city views. Tucked away yet close by. Simple relaxing place to chill
Iva Atelj - 2 months ago
Great bike trail and a pleasant (and convenient) escape from the city no matter the season. Lots of wonderful animals to encounter and exciting nature trails both paved and hidden (points for those lucky enough to discover the hidden beach!)
LV RB - 3 months ago
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 - 3 months ago