Earlier this week, Logan and I set out for a picnic in the city in Toronto’s newest greenspace: Trillium Park . What was previously an empty lot behind Ontario place, used for parking and storage before the park closed in 2012, has been transformed into a stunning urban waterfront park.
This park just opened on June 19th as part of Canada’s 150th celebrations and couldn’t have come at a better time with the gorgeous summer weather, but even more so with the closure of the Toronto islands due to flooding.
The 7.5-acre waterfront park features 1.7 tons of Muskoka granite stone, 1200 planted trees, and an open air pavilion. For those looking to enjoy a new biking or running route, the park also features the 1.3km William G. Davis trail, that provides sweeping views of the city’s skyline.
One of my favourite parts of the new park is the fire pit; I mean, come on, what could be better than a fire next to the water on a summer night?
Everywhere you turn Trillium Park offers stunning views of the Toronto skyline and the waterfront.
The park is dog-friendly and your furry friends will undoubtedly enjoy all the open space there is to run around here. Swimming is not permitted, though I doubt you would want to anyway with the declining water quality around Toronto’s harbour, and drone flying is also prohibited due to the proximity to Billy Bishop airport.
As I learned more about the park, I was pleasantly surprised to hear about how much of a priority sustainability was during the construction process. 90% of waste materials from the project were diverted from landfills and nearly 600 meters of the shoreline was repaired to prevent erosion. The government of Ontario has demonstrated a lot of environmental concern throughout the first phase of this project and I hope it continues through the rest of the development process.
Getting to the park is fairly easy, as it’s essentially the same way you would go if attending a show at Budweiser Stage, except you’ll continue driving past the first entrance and instead continue to the park of Ontario Place. The newly built washrooms are a handy marker for the park entrance.
Certain areas of the park are still under construction, as this is only phase one of the revitalization of the Ontario Place grounds. However, the park is fully open and I suggest checking it out asap before it starts to get super busy!
Stay tuned for my next post where I’ll be sharing my tips and tricks to having the perfect picnic in the city this summer!