Visiting Tommy Thompson Park

The Tommy Thompson Park NATURE CENTRE and BIRD RESEARCH STATION are CLOSED. Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) has closed these facilities to protect visitors, staff and all other attendants, from the potential risk of contracting COVID-19. Trails remain open for social distanced passive use. Be aware all maintenance operations have been suspended, and visitors use the trails at their own risk. Note that the parking lot is now open. Parking is not permitted on Outer Harbour Marina Road.

Please be aware that the pedestrian BRIDGE IS CLOSED from Monday to Friday. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Work has begun on the Ashbridge’s Bay Landform Project, taking place along the east shore of Tommy Thompson Park from the Ashbridge’s Bay Wastewater Treatment Plant property to the Tommy Thompson Park Nature Centre. LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT.

Tommy Thompson Park Entrance Revitalization Project Phase One is underway and expected to be completed by December 2020. Tommy Thompson Park remains open to the public during construction, however, on-site visitor parking is limited.    LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROJECT.

Exploring Tommy Thompson Park

Tommy Thompson Park is a great place to experience nature and the outdoors. It 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. In addition to its unique natural features, the park offers picturesque views of the Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario.

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.

Quadcycles are available for rent in July and August. Check back in 2020 for details.


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.

Nature Centre is 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.

How to get there

Address: Tommy Thompson Park, 1 Leslie Street, Toronto

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: There is a free parking lot at the Tommy Thompson Park entrance. Street parking is also available on Leslie Street and Unwin Avenue.

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 the 83 Jones Southbound bus. 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.

Park Rules

No motorized vehicles   No dogs allowed    No motorcylces allowed


  • Embayment D, B and A are important wildlife areas, boating is not permitted.
  • 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.
  • no e-bikes, no motorcycles, no drones, no skating, no fires, no camping, no motorized skateboards/hoverboards.
  • Removing anything from the park is not permitted. This includes: plants, plant parts, sediment, bricks, wildlife in any form etc.
  • Please stay on trail.
  • Respect wildlife, following our policies

Map & Trails

Multi-Use Trail

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.

Bicycling  Hiking  Rollerblading

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.

Hiking  No bicycling allowed

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.

Hiking  No bicycling allowed

Nature 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.

Hiking  No bicycling allowed

bird watchers on a trail 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 3 accessible portable toilets throughout the park (at the Parking Lot, Staff Booth and at Peninsula C). Vault toilets are available on weekends from Spring to Fall at the Outdoor Classroom. A standard portable toilet is located at the Peninsula D lookout.

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’re listening to music while in the park.

Biting Insects

  • 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. LEARN MORE.


Fishing rods, reels, and tackle boxes are available for loan at the Nature Centre … just like a library book!

  1. Call TTP Staff 416-990-8058 to ensure rods are available
  2. Visit our Nature Centre (formerly Staff Booth) open from 10AM to 5PM
  3. Fill out a quick sign out form
  4. Go Fishing!
  5. Return gear the same day
  6. and repeat!

Since its launch in 1998, the OFAH Tackleshare program has become a province-wide success with over 140 loaner sites. Thanks to this program, accessibility to angling equipment is no longer a barrier, and children and families are able to get involved in recreational fishing together.

Owl Viewing and Reporting Policy

Great Horned Owl

Ten (10) species of owls have been recorded at Tommy Thompson Park. 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 the park’s ecological integrity, the following policies will be enforced:

  • Pets are not permitted in the park.
  • Stay on designated trails and do not trample or remove vegetation, including dead vegetation.
  • When observing or photographing owls stay at least twelve (12) meters away.
  • Observe owls individually or as a very small group; 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.