Best Family Picnic Spots

July is picnic month and there are lots of great picnic spots in Toronto and the GTA. The city is home to many parks and unique outdoor spaces, many of which offer cool summer activities, the perfect complement to your alfresco meal.

COVID-19 Updates. Remember to observe social distancing rules. Family picnics (same household in isolation) and social circle picnics permitted. Picnic permits are currently suspended since gatherings of more than 10 are currently prohibited under the Provincial Order. While park amenities are listed below, please note that some may not be available or are closed for this season. All playgrounds are currently closed. Check all websites for final details.

Albion Hills Conservation Park
16500 Regional Road 50, Caledon | 416-667-6295
Albion Hills Conservation Park features 11 picnic sites located throughout the park. More

Ashbridges Bay Park
1561 Lake Shore Blvd East, Toronto | 311
Ashbridges Bay Park is located in a beautiful area on the waterfront in the east end of Toronto. Take a stroll along the Woodbine Beach Boardwalk, relax on the wide sandy beach, or enjoy a refreshing swim in Lake Ontario. Picnics, bird watching and hiking are all popular activities available at Ashbridges Bay. There is also a skateboard park nearby. Features 1 fire pit and 2 picnic sites. More

Bruce Mill Conservation Area
3291 Stouffville Road, Stouffville | 416-667-6295
This outdoor park space is located just north of the city and features a large selection of activities and picnic areas, highlighting the fun of the outdoors. Amenities include: BBQ, Horseshoe Pits, Hydro, Playground, Shelter, Swimming Area, Volleyball and Water Tap. There is an admission fee to the park. More

Bluffers Park
Access by Brimley Road | 311
Bluffers Park, located in Scarborough, is a beautiful day use park with 2 full picnic areas and picnic tables. It features beautiful scenic look-out points. Recreational features: Boating, picnicking, sailing, swimming, scenic trails, and volleyball court. More

Burlington Parks Picnic Locations
There are 3 picnic spots in Burlington parks. Lasalle Park. Hidden Valley Park: This park features a rain shelter area but this park location is closed for 2020 due to construction. Lowville Park: Enjoy a stroll along Bronte Creek or follow the nature trails through the woods. A rain shelter area is also available. More

Bronte Creek Provincial Park
1219 Burloak Dr, Oakville | 905-827-6911
There are 1000's of picnic tables scattered throughout the day-use area to choose from on a first-come first-serve basis. Visitors are permitted to bring in a charcoal/propane BBQ. All visitors attending your picnic must purchase a park daily vehicle permit upon arrival at the front gate. What draws the crowds are the over 10 km of multi-purpose trails, 11 picnic shelters, a turn-of-the-century living history museum (Spruce Lane Farmhouse), a nature centre, 144 electric service campsites, children's playbarn, 1.8 acre pool, an Olympic size skating rink, and a farm. There is an admission fee to the park. More

Christie Pits
750 Bloor St West, Toronto | 311
The park features 5 picnic sites and 1 picnic shelter. Other features include the Alex Duff Memorial Pool. Located at its edge are three baseball diamonds, a multi-sport field, basketball and volleyball courts, an artificial ice rink, a children's playground and labyrinth, a splash pad, a wading pool, and a community garden. More

Dufferin Grove Park
875 Dufferin St, Toronto | 416-392-0913
Dufferin Grove Park is a great neighbourhood park with many picnic tables. Anyone having an ordinary picnic can use these without a reservation or a permit on a first come, first served basis. Recreational features: playground, wading pool, skateboard park, park gardens and more. More

Etienne Brule Park
13 Crosby Ave, Toronto | 311
Etienne Brule Park is a wilderness retreat next to Old Mill Subway Station. It features 1 picnic spot. You can find a ball diamond, a great hiking trail and lovely spots for a small picnic along the way. It's a good spot to watch the fall salmon run up the Humber River, and it's also known as a good spot for fishing. More

High Park
1873 Bloor St West, Toronto | 416-392-8188
High Park is the jewel of Toronto's park system with 14 designated picnic areas and 5 picnic shelters. High Park does not allow charcoal barbecues. The park also features a volunteer built playground, a zoo, trackless train, a children's garden, wading pool, sports fields, walking nature trails, and more. More

Kortight Centre for Conservation - Currently closed
9550 Pine Valley Drive, Woodbridge | 905-326-3025
Kortright Centre is the ideal setting for picnics. There two large open areas with restricted access suitable for a range of activities. More

Petticoat Creek Conservation Area
1100 Whites Road, Pickering | 416-667-6295
Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, Petticoat Creek Conservation Area offers an incredible view of the bluffs and is home to Ontario's largest outdoor pool. The park features great picnic sites and a children's playground. There is an admission fee to the park. More

Toronto Islands
Toronto Islands, Toronto | 416-392-8188
The Toronto Islands provide many great secluded picnic spots and fire pits. There are many other fun activities for the kids such as Centreville Amusement Park, Far Enough Farm, Franklin Children's Garden, beaches and much more. Amenities include Pedestrian/Bicycle Trails, Volleyball, Softball, Swimming and Waterplay, Boating, Disc Golf and more. More

Note: At time of publication (June 2020), the above information was correct. Please check site websites for updated/current information.

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