Best Picnic Spots in Toronto and the GTA
Make the most of the warm season in Toronto and GTA! Pack a picnic basket and head to a picnic spot. We've scouted five fabulous family picnic sites in and around the city.
Pack blankets, bites and refreshments for an alfresco feast at one of these great picnic spots...
Bluffers Park, located in Scarborough, is a beautiful day use park with full picnic areas and picnic tables. The park offers spectacular views of the bluffs and Lake Ontario. There are trails, beaches, gardens, as well as sports and recreation facilities and amenities to enjoy. How to get there: Vehicles can enter Bluffer's Park by traveling south on Brimley Road to its end point. It is only a ten minute walk along Brimley Road from the Kingston Road 12 bus stop to the park. Admission: Access to the park is Free.
Bruce's Mill Conservation Area
Bruce Mill Conservation Area
This outdoor park space is located just north of the city in Stouffville and features a large selection of activities and many picnic areas, highlighting the fun of the outdoors. For family picnics, you only need to pay your admission into the park. How to get there: Bruce's Mill Conservation Area is located at Stouffville Road, just east of Warden Avenue off Highway 404 in Stouffville. Admission: Adult (15+) $6.50, Senior (60+) $5.50, Children (0-14), with their family are FREE. For larger groups, you will need to book a picnic site. Click here for Picnic Bookings or visit www.picnics.ca.
Dufferin Grove Park
Dufferin Grove Park
Dufferin Grove Park is a great neighbourhood park with many picnic tables. This is a popular place for picnics and it is on a first-come first-served basis. Various activities in Dufferin Grove Park sometimes need to be booked, either through a central permit or a talk with staff depending on what kind of an event or activity you are thinking about. You can call the staff at 416-392-0913. Detailed information about pizza days and the bake ovens, campfires, picnics, sports, practicing music, special events, and birthday parties can be found in their Guidelines and Rules section. How to get there: The park is located just south of Bloor, on the east side of Dufferin. Admission: Entrance to the park is free but check with the staff for use of amenities.
High Park is the jewel of Toronto's park system with 18 designated picnic areas for pre-booking. Picnic permits are required for 25 or more people. For information on picnic permits call 416-392-8188 or click here for Picnic Permit details. The park also features a volunteer built playground, a zoo, trackless train, a children's garden, sports fields, walking nature trails, and more. How to get there: Centrally located at 1873 Bloor St West. Admission. Entry to the park is free.
The Toronto Islands provide many great secluded picnic spots along with many other fun amenities for the kids such as Centreville Amusement Park and the Far Enough Farm Petting Zoo. The Islands feature many picnic areas that include fire pits. CLICK HERE to view a Map of all the picnic sites. If you have a group larger than 25, or if you wish to use the fire pits, you will require a picnic permit. For information on Toronto Islands permits, call 416-392-8188. How to get there: You must take a Ferry to access the Islands. Ferries depart from the terminal at the foot of Bay Street. Centre Island ferries operate in the Spring and Summer only. Admission: Access to the park is free. Note: There is a fee to take the Ferry across. CLICK HERE for Ferry schedules and fares.
Remember: Many picnic areas require permits for gatherings with large groups. Be sure to check with each individual site.