Despite COVID-19 putting a wrench in some of our summer plans, there are a few outdoor activities we can safely take part in. Many parks, beaches and trails are now open to the public and can be taken advantage of this summer!
Sugar Beach Park is a serene harbour front park with pristine white sand, beach chairs and umbrellas. You and your family can lounge at this peaceful beach. It is the perfect place for you and your partner to sunbathe, relax, chat, read or even take a picnic while you overlook the beautiful harbour front. The park even has a built-in splash pad that will be sure to keep the kids busy. The park is located at the lower end of Jarvis Street.
Cherry Beach is a large beach near Cherry St. in Toronto. It is a clean, friendly, and safe place for swimming, walking and BBQs. There are many grill stations so you and your party can set up a barbecue or picnic for yourselves. The beach is also dog friendly and has a massive off leash area which runs along the sand.
If you are planning to go to the beach during this time, make sure to keep a safe space between other beach goers and to avoid crowding. Provincial orders also prohibit gatherings of more than 10 people at beaches who are not in the same household and recommend only bringing a social circle of no more than 10 people.
Before going to a beach, the government of Ontario asks individuals to complete the Ontario Ministry of Health self-assessment for COVID-19. If you do not pass, you should not go out. Please follow link for self-assessment guidelines
Moore Park Ravine is a beautiful, heavily wooded park located at 205 Moore Avenue. It offers a scenic trail for bikers and hikers. The path consists of lush trees that make you feel far from the busyness of the city. As this trail is heavily trafficked, be sure to wear your mask and keep a safe distance between yourself and others.
Downtown residents can also take a trip to Tommy Thompson Park. The park, also called the Leslie Street Spit is one of the few remaining wilderness protection sites near downtown Toronto. The park offers roads and trails for a pleasant walk or an exhausting bike ride to burn some calories. Tommy Thompson is well suited for bird watching with more than 300 recorded species and offers a spectacular view of the Toronto Skyline.
Since the advent of summer, the City has opened more accessible bike routes. Follow this link to learn more about Toronto’s bike routes. The Toronto Waterfront trail is easily accessible for downtown residents. Always make sure to wear a helmet and follow all road guidelines while on your ride.