Tommy Thompson Park

sights / Parks & gardens

Tommy Thompson Park information

Toronto , Canada
Address
Street Leslie St
Extras off Lake Shore Blvd E
Telephone
+1 416 661 6600
Getting there
tram 501
bus 83 Jones S
More information
www.tommythompsonpark.ca
Opening hours
9am-6pm Sat & Sun
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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 and even coyotes.

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 great city views. To get here, take any streetcar along Queen St E to Leslie St, then walk 800m south to the gates, or follow the Martin Goodman Trail.