If you are a Special Friend or Parent Aide and are looking for activities, or events for your volunteer outing, check out:www.Toronto.com
Here are some other suggestions for fun, accessible activities in the Greater Toronto Area.
Places to Visit:
African Lion Safari
Allan Gardens Conservatory
Art Gallery of Ontario
Bata Shoe Museum
Black Creek Pioneer Village
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Toronto
Centreville Amusement Park
Chudleigh's Apple Farm
The Distillery Historic District
The Franklin Children's Garden
Hockey Hall of Fame
Kortright Centre for Conservation
Nathan Phillip's Square
Old City Hall
Ontario Science Centre
Parks & Recreation
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
Spadina Historic House and Gardens
St. Lawrence Market
Toronto Botanical Gardens
Toronto Music Garden
Toronto Public Libraries
Toronto Region Conservation Authority
Toronto Sculpture Garden
- You can ride your bike just about anywhere, but a bike trail exists from Birkdale Ravine (at Ellesmere Avenue and Brimley Avenue) south to Cedarbrae Park (at Markham Rd. and Lawrence Ave. East). It is a trail that follows the river. It's great for walks and picnics too. It would be a good idea to purchase a Bicycle Route Book for Toronto from a good book store.
Wilket Creek Park
- A beautiful winding bike trail exists in this parkland. It runs from Lawrence Avenue to Eglinton Avenue within the Sunnybrook Park and Serena Gundy area.
The Martin Goodman Trail
- The Martin Goodman Trail extends along the waterfront from the Beaches to the mouth of the Humber River at its westward end. Taking the trail west from the city core, you pass the idyllic West Beaches and the historic Palais Royale. Take the Martin Goodman back eastward and make a stop at Cherry St. Here, on the North side of Lakeshore Blvd., you'll find the entrance to the Don Valley trail. This path tightly follows the banks of the soapy Don River up from the post-industrial detritus of the waterfront lands into more fertile territory, reaching north to Edward Gardens and east along Taylor Creek to Scarborough.
Rouge River Valley
- For a real nature-within-the-city experience, you can't beat the Rouge River Valley. Located in the northeast corner of Scarborough, the Rouge is the only protected ecosystem inside the megacity's borders - in fact the 11,600-acre Rouge Park, created in 1995, is the largest natural heritage park ever created within a North American urban area. The truly hard core can haul their bikes east across Kingston Rd. (a two to three hour ride), but for the rest of us, the TTC will take you to Meadowvale and Sheppard - trails start from nearby Twyn Rivers Dr. There are miles of well-trodden dirt trails here, but bikes are ostensibly forbidden. The landscape is lush and, best of all, it's really, really quiet. You won't encounter many other adventurers and you'll likely find a nice piece of solitude.
- Also worth discovering are the hiking and biking trails of High Park. The Leslie Spit, a wildlife sanctuary on a landfill strip jutting out of eastern Toronto, is open to the public on Sundays. At the tip, there is a lighthouse. Go check it out!