Lonely Planet review
A 5km-long artificial peninsula between the Harbourfront and The Beaches, Tommy Thompson Park reaches further into Lake Ontario than the Toronto Islands. This 'accidental wilderness' – constructed from Outer Harbour dredgings and fill from downtown building sites – has become a phenomenal wildlife success. It's one of the world's largest nesting places for ring-billed gulls, and is a haven for terns, black-crowned night heronS, turtles, owls, foxes, even coyotes.
The park is open to the public on weekends and holidays; cars and pets are prohibited. Summer schedules offer interpretive programs and guided walks, usually with an ecological theme. At the end of the park there's a lighthouse and some awesome city views.
To get here on public transportation, take any streetcar east along Queen St to Leslie St, then walk 800m south to the gates. Call the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority for information on shuttles from the gates into the park (May to mid-October). Alternatively, hire a bike or some in-line skates and follow the Martin Goodman Trail all the way here.