The sun is shining and we can’t get enough of it. If you’re looking for a great way to get outside and enjoy this amazing weather, look no further. Toronto is home to a ton of insanely beautiful gardens you’ve just got to explore. This time of year is best for catching flowers in bloom, so get out there and smell the roses!
**Editor’s Note: COVID-19 restrictions are continually changing in Toronto. Please double check all guidelines before visiting any city parks or gardens. If you visit, make sure you are maintaining physical distance and wearing your masks.
Here are 10 of the most beautiful gardens to explore in Toronto.
These gorgeous waterfront gardens might just have the coolest story of all behind them. They were designed in collaboration with classical music legend Yo Yo Ma with insane architectural aspects in mind. The design of the area is a work of art inspired by Bach’s First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello. Plus, during the summer they even host live musical performances to bring the outdoor space to life (COVID-19 pending, of course).
Where: 479 Queens Quay W
Over on the east end of the waterfront, you’ll find the outdoor stylings of Kew Gardens. This 6.5-hectare park is a staple within the Toronto Beaches. It’s known for its seasonal flowerbed, beautiful trails, and a multitude of outdoor amenities. The scenic views of Lake Ontario are the best accompaniment to your afternoon walk.
Where: 2075 Queen St E
This next park features a gorgeous ravine you’ll definitely want to explore. The spot is named after the famous composer Alexander Muir, who is best known for the 1867 song Maple Leafs Forever. Nods to his work appear all throughout the gardens, with maple leaf formations hidden at every turn. The gardens eventually join up with the popular Sunnybrook Park, which will only provide you with more outdoor space to explore.
Where: 2901 Yonge St
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Since you’re in North York anyway, you might as well stop by the Toronto Botanical Garden once you finish up at Alexander Muir. This spot is bursting with blooming florals you’ve got to see to believe. There’s no better season than right now to walk through the blossoming pathway and along the ravine.
Where: 777 Lawrence Ave E
Out in Etobicoke, on the west bank of the Humber River, you’ll find beautiful stone pathways running through beds of flowers. It feels like you’ve stepped right into a fairy tale at this gorgeous spot. There’s tons of green space if you’re in the mood for a picnic. Plus, a sparkling stream and the historic James Gazebo to explore. Does it get any more magical than that?
Where: 99 Edenbridge Dr
Turns out it does. Over in Scarborough, this outdoor garden is home to insane Toronto ruins. The outdoor sculpture sanctuary is one of those Toronto spots you’ve got to check out at least once. It’s located on the grounds of the former Guildwood Inn and loaded with beautiful sights. It’s a short drive from Scarborough Bluffs so you can visit both while you’re in the area.
Where: 201 Guildwood Pkwy
This next pick is one of the most popular in the city for outdoor wedding photos. Given how pretty the spot is, we can’t say we’re surprised! It’s a fully accessible park – with braille signs, raised planters, and gorgeous rose gardens. Plus, it’s got some stellar views overlooking Lake Ontario and Scarborough Bluffs.
Where: 5 Glen Everest Rd
This park’s a little smaller but it packs a big punch. Nestled next to the St James Cathedral on King St East, this outdoor space takes styling cues from the Victorian era. The central gazebo and water fountain are pretty darn cool sights to see. Plus, you’ve got to walk under that gorgeous archway at least once, right?
Where: 120 King St E
Within one of Toronto’s most famous parks, you’ll find sprawling gardens you’ll love to explore. Aside from the popular Sakura trees that just wrapped up on peak bloom, High Park is home to loads of blossoming flowers this time of year. We recommend packing a picnic, finding a spot near the water, and spending the day here.
Where: 1873 Bloor St W
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The Plant Positivity Gardens at Evergreen Brickworks are all about restoring and sustaining Ontario’s native plant species. Over the span of the six gardens included in the project, there are more than 50 varieties of native plants. The space takes up a total of 8,000 square metres on the popular site and is beautiful to explore this time of year. You can even enjoy a guided audio tour while you’re there! Plus, the rest of the Brickworks are pretty neat too.
Where: Evergreen Brickworks, 300-550 Bayview Ave
So put on that mask, head out the door, and explore Toronto’s most beautiful gardens. Now that spring has sprung, there’s no better way to spend a day.