Exploring Tommy Thompson Park
Tommy Thompson Park is a great place to experience nature and the outdoors.
TTP is widely considered one of the best places for bird-watching in the city, with more than 300 recorded species. It’s also a prime destination for wildlife viewing and fishing.
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. Some hardy individuals will also brave the cold and explore TTP in the winter months, enjoying the opportunities for cross-country skiing or snowshoeing. (Please note that trails are not maintained in the winter.)
In addition to its unique natural features, the park offers picturesque views of the Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario. The physical protection afforded by the park also enhances opportunities for water-based recreation in the Outer Harbour and for the Aquatic Park Sailing Club, operates sailing activities from Embayment D.
Tommy Thompson Park is open to the public:
• Weekday evenings 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
• Weekends and holidays 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Parking Lot and Nature Centre are open:
Weekends and holidays:
• April to October 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
• November to March 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tommy Thompson Park is CLOSED to the public weekdays until 4:00 p.m. We are working toward opening the park seven days a week by 2020.
- Cell 1, 2 and 3 are confined disposal facilities and boating is not permitted in these areas.
- Swimming is not permitted anywhere at Tommy Thompson Park.
Before you visit
There is no running water in the park. Be sure to bring extra water with you.
There are 4 accessible portable toilets located throughout the park.
Pets, including dogs are not permitted in the park.
Vehicles & e-bikes
Motorized vehicles, including e-bikes are not permitted in the park.
The use of amplified sound is not permitted in the park. Please use earphones if you enjoy listening to music.
- European fire ants are abundant at Tommy Thompson Park. This non-native species bites and the severity of the reaction varies from person to person. Typically it’s very sharp and painful for a few minutes, subsiding into an itch similar to a mosquito bite. To avoid an ant bite, avoid brushing up on plants and tuck your pants into your socks. Brush off any ants that you may find climbing on you.
- Ticks have been reported in Tommy Thompson Park. It is possible they can carry Lyme Disease. It is advised that anyone walking along nature trails should thoroughly check themselves for ticks after a visit. See (https://canlyme.com/lyme-basics) for more information about Ticks and Lyme Disease.
How to get there
By Car: The park entrance is located at Leslie Street and Unwin Avenue. This is five minutes east of the DVP/Gardiner junction along Lake Shore Blvd East.
Parking: Street parking is available on Leslie Street and Unwin Avenue. The Tommy Thompson Park parking lot is accessible weekends and holidays from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (April to October) and 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (November to March). NOTE: The parking lot is locked promptly at closing.
By TTC: Tommy Thompson Park is a 5 minute walk from the Commissioner’s Street bus stop at Commissioner’s and Leslie. This stop is serviced by Bus Route #83 Jones Street. Route 83 runs between Donlands Station on Subway Line 2 and Commissioner’s Street. Connections with Streetcar routes 501, 502, 503 and 506, and bus routes 56 and 31B along the scheduled route.
By foot/bike: The Martin Goodman Trail/Waterfront Trail passes Tommy Thompson Park between Woodbine Beach and Cherry Beach. This is a multi-use trail. NOTE: A portion of this trail is directly on Unwin Avenue and currently not well marked. A planning process is underway to formalize the trail and improve safety along this stretch.
Cycling / Jogging / Walking / Rollerblading / Strollers / Mobility Devices
Flat paved surface, intermittent speed bumps. Approximately 5 km long, from Entrance to the Lighthouse. This trail crosses the Pedestrian Bridge – please dismount from bicycles to cross. 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.
Pedestrian Trail – Level 1
Jogging / Walking / Strollers / Mobility Devices
Flat and smooth gravel surface. 3.4 km long, running parallel to Multi-use Trail from Entrance to Pedestrian Bridge. This trail is designed for pedestrian use only. Bicycles not permitted — must use the Multi-use Trail.
Pedestrian Trail – Level 2
Jogging / Walking
Flat and smooth gravel surface, narrower width than Pedestrian Trail — Level 1. 3.9 km long, offshoots from Pedestrian Trail — Level 1 or Multi-use Trail. This trail is designed for pedestrian use only. Bicycles not permitted — must use the Multi-use Trail.
Natural surface, mowed annually. 3.3 km long, running parallel to Multi-use Trail from Nature Centre to Peninsula B. Be cautious of tripping hazards along this trail. This trail is designed for pedestrian use only. Bicycles not permitted — must use the Multi-use Trail.
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