Tommy Thompson Park General Information

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Hours of Operation

Spring - Summer (April - November)
Open weekends and holidays
9:00am - 6:00pm

Labour Day Weekend Hours

Labour Day Hours 2014

 

Fall - Winter (November - March)
Open weekends and holidays, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day.
9:00am - 4:30pm

Location

Tommy Thompson Park is located at the foot of Leslie Street, south of Lakeshore Boulevard East.

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From the west: Take the Gardiner Expressway east and exit at Lakeshore Blvd. OR take Lakeshore Blvd. east to Leslie St. Turn right at Leslie St. and continue to the end where you will see the gates of the park.

From the east: Take Lakeshore Blvd. west to Leslie St. Turn left at Leslie St. and continue to the end where you will see the gates of the park.

From the north: Take the Don Valley Parkway south and exit at Lakeshore Blvd. Go east on Lakeshore Blvd. to Leslie St. Turn right at Leslie St. and continue to the end where you will see the gates of the park.

TTC:
Take the 83 Jones S. bus south from Donlands station to Commissioners St. It is a short walk to the gates of the park.
OR
Take the 501 streetcar along Queen St. to Leslie St. It is a slightly longer walk south on Leslie St. to the gate or catch the 83 Jones S. Bus to Comissioners St. and walk from there.
For more information on TTC routes please visit: http://www.toronto.ca/ttc/.

 


Policies

Pet Policy

Because Tommy Thompson Park is a significant wildlife area there is a strict no dogs / no pets policy. There are no exceptions.

TTP is managed as an 'urban wilderness' and one of the objectives is to provide critical habitat areas for wildlife along the waterfront. Over 300 species of birds have been documented at TTP, many of which use the park as a summer breeding area. Several species at the park are ground nesting birds that would be in danger of having their nests destroyed by dogs if they were allowed in the park. In addition to ground nesting birds, fledglings from tree nesting birds are also at risk of being injured or killed as they practice their first flights or perch low to the ground.

In addition to birds, the park is home to many mammals. Coyotes have successfully denned in the park for many years and are observed on a regular basis. Coyote-dog interactions are rare, but can happen. Some incidents have been documented in other Toronto area parks such as High Park. Coyotes have approached and stalked dogs that were both on leash and off-leash, so walking your dog on a leash will not always insure its safety. Many small mammals such as rabbits, voles, groundhogs, beavers and muskrats also breed at the park are common targets of dogs.

The decision to not allow dogs in the park was not an arbitrary one. It was made in 1985 during the master planning process for TTP. The Natural Areas Committee, which was made up of naturalists, stakeholders groups and members of the public, felt that it was in the best interest of the park's wildlife to not allow pets. It is the position of this group that there are numerous other waterfront parks where one could walk their dog, while there are very few natural areas where there is the opportunity to see so many birds and other species.

While your dog may be well trained and can be easily controlled by you, many dogs are not. As managers of TTP we cannot pick and choose which dogs should and should not be permitted to enter the park. For the safety of the wildlife that use the park it is best that dogs are not permitted in TTP.

Public Safety

The park is not open during the week because it is an active construction site with a steady flow of trucks bringing in more fill. As a construction site it presents many dangers to the public and is therefore closed during construction operations for safety reasons. The construction site property is owned by the Ministry of Natural Resources and is leased and operated by the Toronto Port Authority (TPA).

In case of emergency please dial 911. During TRCA operating hours a TRCA staff person is always on site. The TTP emergency cell phone number is 416-990-8058. This cell phone is only operated during operating hours. After hours, please report any incidents at TTP to 416-661-6600 ext.5770.

Park Etiquette

  • Aside from TRCA vehicles, TTP is a vehicle free wilderness. No motorized vehicles of any kind are permitted inside the park, including scooters.
  • Please remain on marked trails. Traveling off the trail may disturb sensitive wildlife and habitat and may contribute to degradation of the trail.
  • Respect other trail users.
  • Respect park signage. During certain seasons trails and areas that are environmentally sensitive may be closed.
  • Do not remove or damage plants or flowers — leave them for others to enjoy.
  • Do not disturb wildlife — observe them at a distance. Even if you suspect a young animal or bird is injured, leave them where they are as often the parents are nearby and will continue to care for them once you leave.
  • Leave natural objects alone. All natural objects, dead or alive, are part of our ecosystem and even though taking one item may not seem like much, consider the impact if everyone did the same.
  • All garbage must be carried back out with you. An even better idea is to leave the park cleaner then when you arrived — pick up and carry out litter, even if it is not your own.
  • Fires are not permitted anywhere at TTP.
  • Before you go check the weather and dress appropriately. Don't forget sunscreen and plenty of water.

Tommy Thompson Park (TTP) is located on the Leslie Street Spit, a man-made peninsula which extends 5 km into Lake Ontario. TTP has been designated a globally significant Important Bird Area and an Environmentally Significant Area.

Owl Viewing and Reporting  Download PDF

Ten (10) species of owls have been recorded at TTP. Some species are regular winter visitors, but other rarer species arrive during times of food shortage in their northern ranges. Regardless of species, many individuals experience stress during the winter months which can be exacerbated by increased and concentrated attention by birdwatchers and photographers. Diurnal owls (owls that hunt during the day) need to be left alone so they can successfully hunt. Nocturnal owls (owls that hunt at night) need to be left alone so they can rest, to be ready to hunt at night. If an owl does not have the energy to successfully hunt, it is essentially a dead owl.

To protect wildlife and ensure that the park's ecological integrity, the following policies will be enforced:

  • Pets are not permitted in the park.
  • Stay on designated trails and to not trample or remove vegetation, including dead vegetation.
  • When observing or photographing owls stay at least twelve (12) meters away.
  • Observe owls individually or in very small groups; move slowly and whisper.
  • Do not linger around an owl for more than a few minutes.
  • Do not intentionally disturb owls or cause them to change their behaviour.
  • Do not follow an owl if it flies away.
  • When photographing owls never use flash.
  • Baiting owls for any purpose is strictly prohibited.
  • The use of sound devices (recordings, prey calls, etc.) is strictly prohibited.
  • Do not report owl sightings on the internet or birding hotlines.
  • If you see anyone disturbing owls or other wildlife call the TTP staff line (416-990-8058 during public open hours) or the TRCA general line (416-661-6600 press "0" for immediate assistance). Wildlife harassment can also be reported to the Ministry of Natural Resources at 1-877-TIPS-MNR.

Wildlife Viewing and Reporting Policy- Download PDF

Tommy Thompson Park (TTP) is located on the Leslie Street Spit, a man-made peninsula which extends 5 km into Lake Ontario. TTP has been designated a globally significant Important Bird Area and an Environmentally Significant Area.

To protect wildlife and ensure that the park's ecological integrity, the following policies will be enforced:

  • Do not engage in any activities that disturb or affect the natural behaviours of wildlife.
  • Pets are not permitted in the park.
  • Access to colonial waterbird nesting sites are restricted from April to September.
  • The use of recordings (playbacks) is not permitted.
  • Feeding or baiting of wildlife is strictly prohibited.
  • Do not interfere with research operations.
  • Watercraft are restricted from the confined disposal facilities (CDFs).
  • All boaters are to refrain from approaching waterfowl.
  • Do not approach animals that you believe to be sick or orphaned. See www.torontowildlifecentre.com or call 416-631-0662 for advice.
  • When observing or photographing wildlife stay at least 5 meters away.
  • When photographing owls never use flash.
  • When observing wildlife, especially owls, observe in small groups, move slowly and speak quietly.
  • Do not report same day sightings of species at risk on the internet or birding hotlines. Species at Risk or rare species should be reported to the MNR Natural Heritage Information Centre (http://nhic.mnr.gov.on.ca/MNR/nhic/species/species_report.cfm).
  • Do not report sightings of breeding/overwintering sites (i.e., bird nests, den sites, hibernacula, etc.) on the internet or birding hotlines at anytime.
  • If you see a person or group disturbing wildlife call the TTP staff line (416-990-8058 during public open hours) or the TRCA general line (416-661-6600 press "0" for immediate assistance). Wildlife crimes can also be reported to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.


Hours of Operation

Tommy Thompson Park is open to the public weekends and holidays, except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Operating hours are 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from November to March and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April to November.

 

Location

Tommy Thompson Park (TTP) is located at the base or foot of Leslie Street where it meets Unwin Avenue, south of Lake Shore Boulevard East.


 

Weather

Lake Ontario moderates TTP?s climate, with less heat & humidity in the summer and less snow in the winter than areas immediately north. Prevailing winds are westerly, with faster speeds and greater wind chill effects. Fogs forms twice as often at TTP than the rest of Toronto.