10 Great Spots for a Family Picnic

These grassy oases in and around the city offer the perfect location. No utensils required!

Summer days are the perfect time to move mealtime outdoors. Take advantage of the warm weather and take the kids picnicking to these GTA parks where they can munch away under the shade of a tree, then hit up a fun playground or wading pool afterwards.

These grassy oases in and around the city offer the perfect location. No utensils required!

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.
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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.
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Bluffers Park
Access by Brimley Road | 311
Bluffers Park, located in Scarborough, is a beautiful day use park with full picnic areas and picnic tables. It features beautiful scenic look-out points. Recreational features: Boating, picnicking, sailing, swimming, scenic trails, and volleyball court.
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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. For larger groups, it is recommended that you make a reservation. Shelters can also be rented. 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.
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Christie Pits
750 Bloor St West, Toronto | 311
The park features 1 picnic site. 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.
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Dufferin Grove Park

875 Dufferin St, Toronto | 416-392-0913
Dufferin Grove Park is a great neighbourhood park with 28 picnic tables. Anyone having an ordinary picnic can use these without a reservation or a permit on a first come, first served basis. For larger picnic groups, you may need a permit so contact the staff ahead to inquire and make arrangements. Recreational features: playground, wading pool, skateboard park, park gardens and more.
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Etienne Brule Park
13 Crosby Ave, Toronto | 311

Etienne Brule Park is a wilderness retreat next to Old Mill Subway Station. 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 i's also known as a good spot for fishing.
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High Park
1873 Bloor St West, Toronto | 416-392-8188

High Park is the jewel of Toronto's park system with 18 designated picnic areas. Picnic permits are required for 25 or more people. Picnic permits are booked on a first come, first served basis. 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.

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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.
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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. If you have a group larger than 25, or if you wish to use the fire pits, you will require a picnic permit.
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