Outstanding Gardens of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Garden Design's self-guided day trip to 3 unique Toronto gardens.
Although Toronto is the largest city in Canada, it is both safe and easily walkable, while having all the amenities and vibrancy of a much larger city.
Visitors here enjoy the wealth of museums, theaters, and sporting events, and no trip to Toronto is complete without taking the short ferry ride to the Toronto Islands. This vehicle-free island is actually a group of 15 islands interconnected by pathways and bridges. You can enjoy swimming, kayaking, walking, and cycling, as well as visit a charming 150-year-old community of cottage-like homes.
When you’re ready for something different, long-time resident and garden coach Helen Battersby suggests this relaxing day trip exploring three very different public gardens in Toronto.
Begin your day at the Toronto Botanical Garden. Though currently only 4 acres in size, it is about to embark on a significant expansion program and “delightful to visit.” From here, it’s just a few minutes’ drive to the Aga Khan Park where Helen describes the grounds as “simple, but grand.” The final stop of the day is at the Evergreen Brick Works, a remarkable outdoor educational and recreational resource created from a former industrial space.