Recreation at Tommy Thompson Park








The park is a great place to experience nature and the outdoors. It is arguably the best place for bird-watching in the City, with over 300 recorded species. There are also other wildlife viewing opportunities, as well as plenty of fishing possibilities. For a list of wildlife and fish species that you may encounter at TTP please visit the TTP Natural Heritage section and/or the Reports and Checklists section.

Spring, summer and fall are the most popular seasons for recreational activities such as hiking, running, roller-blading and leisure cycling on the park trails. Click here for a printable version of TTP trails - 2,206K The road that extends the full 5 km length of the site is accessible from the Martin Goodman Trail and the Waterfront Trail, making the park attractive for a leisurely stroll or a healthy 10 km ride. Please note that the Multi-Use Trail is intended for all park users, including pedestrians and leisure cyclists. Cyclists should keep their speeds under 20 km/h and yield to pedestrians; pedestrians should be cautious on the trail to avoid collisions with cyclists.

 

Recently there have been safety concerns about cyclists travelling too fast through the park. To address this safety concern TRCA installed speed bumps and held a public meeting in fall 2013. Click here to download the public meeting presentation.   If you would like to submit feedback regarding your safety on the trails at Tommy Thompson Park, please complete the Park User Survey available here  and mail to the address provide. The survey can also be emailed to TTP@trca.on.ca.

 

Spring, summer and fall are not the only times to enjoy the park. Some hardy individuals brave the cold and explore TTP in the winter months. Dress for the weather and go cross-country skiing or snowshoeing and discover winter at TTP. Please note trails are not groomed or maintained in the winter.

In addition to its unique natural features, the park provides a picturesque view of the Toronto skyline and an unobscured vista over Lake Ontario. The physical protection afforded by the park enhances opportunities for water-based recreation in the Outer Harbour and for the Aquatic Park Sailing Club that operates sailing activities from Embayment D. Please note that Cell 1, 2 and 3 are confined disposal facilities and boating is not permitted in these areas. Also please note that swimming is not permitted anywhere at TTP.



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.