Where to Picnic while in Toronto
If you’ve recently moved to Toronto for college, you’ll soon realize there more activities to indulge in besides hunting for York U housing. Take for instance picnicking. It’s a fun, relaxed way to enjoy nature while bonding with friends. And you can bet that as soon as the weather heats up, Toronto residents head to the best parks for their picnics. So which parks are these?
This park that is centrally located and therefore easily accessible is the place to be on a sunny weekend in Toronto. In terms of food, you have the option of pre-ordering a basket from the H-bar or some BBQ from the Big Crow. Alternatively, you can collect an impromptu picnic basket from Chippy’s, Poutini’s or Nadege.
There’s lot of green areas and shade in this sprawling park that is quite popular with picnickers. There are designated picnic sites if you intend to have a bigger get together, although you are not allowed to barbecue here. Still, you can pick up your own treats in advance or have bites at neighboring cafes.
If you are tired of the hustle and bustle of commuting from your York University residence to class and vice versa, do yourself a favor and escape to Ward’s Island for a day. Pack your own picnic basket and head to the ferry. Get to Ward’s Island and enjoy a day of relaxation and fresh air.
Feel like swimming and then picnic later? Then Christie Pits is the spot for you. You can grab pizza from Apiecalypse Now to replenish, or if you like, get yourself some snacks from Tacos El Asador.
This charming park comes complete with picnic tables and plenty of shade under which to relax and bond with loved ones. The sunset near the lake tends to be quite romantic too, if you are thinking of a casual laidback date.
If your preference is somewhere with gazebos and bonfires, then look no further than the Dufferin Grove. And the best part is that it is close to the subway, so getting home should not be a problem.
Cherry Beach Park
If you want some little sand in your picnic, the Cherry Beach Park is a lovely option that is easily accessible by bus. You can either pack your picnic basket at home, get some provisions at the nearby T&T store or even get some food from the food truck that is in the parking lot.
You have rent an apartment near York U in order to conveniently attend college, but you are now tired of the monotony and want some time away. Withrow Park is south of the Danforth and an attractive picnic destination. There’s plenty of green field, shade and if you picnic on a Saturday you can get all the supplies you need at the weekly farmer’s market.
Etienne Brule Park
This park located near the Old Mill is not just great for picnicking, but biking and hiking as well. Don’t forget to bring your own food.