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                                                                                                                                  We love groups!
                                                                                                                                  For fun, family and friends, think Toronto parks
                                                                                                                                  Picnics, wedding photos, sports – whenever your group
                                                                                                                                  gets together, think of your Toronto parks for the perfect
                                                                                                                                  gathering. Close to public transportation, with ample free
                                                                                                                                  parking and great open spaces, your parks are the ideal
                                                                                                                                  choice when friends and family come together.
                                                                                                                                  To reserve a location for picnics (for groups of 25 or
                                                                                                                                  more), or wedding photography please call for permit
                                                                                                                                  information at 416-392-8188. For permits for sports fields
                                                                                                                                  for softball, rugby, soccer, field hockey or cricket, please
                                                                                                                                  contact your district permit office.

                                                                                                                                  Working with nature to
                                                                                                                                  preserve Toronto’s green
                                                                                                                                  Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation plays a major
                                                                                                                                  role in promoting a clean, sustainable city through its
                                                                                                                                  responsibility for parks, open spaces, and natural areas.
                                                                                                                                  With more than 8,000 hectares of green space (12.8 per
                                                                                                                                  cent of Toronto’s total land area) and more than three
                                                                                                                                  million publicly-owned trees in our urban forest, Toronto
Toronto parks are for all                                       Let’s keep our parks                                              is, literally, a “green” city. Together with the community –
to enjoy                                                        and our city clean                                                and nature – Parks, Forestry and Recreation is working to
Take a hike, ride a bike, stroll a path, kick some leaves,      One dropped candy wrapper might not be a big deal – but           preserve our city’s green legacy for future generations to
throw a ball, watch the birds … your 1,460 Toronto parks        one piece of litter attracts more litter and before you know      enjoy.
are close by and always ready for year-round fun.               it there’s a pile of garbage!
                                                                Please do your part and help keep our parks and streets
                                                                                                                                  An encroachment occurs when a property owner intrudes
Keep your eyes peeled for a                                     looking their best. Pitch litter into litter bins and place
                                                                                                                                  on, in or under the ground space, or in the air space of
                                                                newspapers, beverage bottles and cans in the recycling bins.
cleaner, greener Toronto                                                                                                          an adjacent City-owned or managed property, either
In spring 2005 we introduced recycling baskets to your          Pick up after your pet – Enjoy Toronto’s great parks with         deliberately or inadvertently. Common examples of
local parks. The program was launched with just 500             your dog, but for the safety of your pet and other park           encroachment are fences, decks, pools, retaining walls,
containers, but has gained momentum since then – almost         users, please keep your dog on a leash and remember to            gardens, dumping of brush and debris, draining of pools,
4,000 blue wire recycling baskets and more than 100 in-         “stoop and scoop” your dog’s waste. According to the City         cutting of grass and removal of wild flowers, shrubs and
ground containers are in place today. In 2007, there are as     of Toronto Municipal Code Chapter 608, failure to pick            trees. All of these activities are illegal on City-owned or
many recycling baskets as there are litter baskets in Toronto   up your dog’s waste or keep your dog on a leash in a park         managed property.
parks.                                                          could result in a fine up to $365.
                                                                                                                                  Please be aware of your property line. For more
                                                                Please don’t feed the ducks and geese! – Wild ducks and           information regarding encroachments, please contact,
                                                                geese love Toronto parks where they can find everything           Craig Keys, Encroachment Coordinator at 416-392-1378.
                                                                nature intends for their survival. When you visit a Toronto
                                                                park, we encourage you to watch the waterfowl – but
                                                                please don’t feed them. Scraps of bread and other human           Discover the Toronto Islands
                                                                foods can make them ill. Also, by feeding waterfowl,              So much fun! ... so close by
                                                                more creatures are living in our parks than our parks can         Just minutes away by ferry from the city's bustling
                                                                naturally support. With a constant supply of unhealthy            downtown, Toronto Island Park is a favourite place to bike,
                                                                food, geese, in particular, remain in Toronto parks year          boat, blade, run, walk, swim, play tennis, volleyball or even
                                                                round, where their nutrient-rich droppings fall into ponds        frisbee golf. The park is a great location to enjoy a picnic
                                                                which encourages the growth of excessive amounts of algae         or go for a leisurely stroll. It's a perfect place to escape the
                                                                that turn the waterways green.                                    stress of urban living and reconnect with nature, and...
You may have also noticed the recent ad campaign,                                                                                 getting there is half the fun.
See them? Use them. These ads were featured in local
community papers, recreation centres, ferries and on            Be water smart                                                    Come play at the Toronto Islands and enjoy the relaxed
                                                                Creeks, rivers and streams wind their way through many            pace adopted by all visitors.The Toronto Islands are
recycling bins. The campaign encourages you to put
                                                                Toronto parks. Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation             connected with bridges and interspersed with lagoons
their litter and recyclables in the appropriate containers in
                                                                reminds you to be water smart – and stay safe.                    – ideal for fishing, biking, hiking, rowing or dreaming the
Toronto’s parks.
                                                                                                                                  hours away in the shade of a willow tree.
Next time you visit our parks, and you see recycling and        Whenever children are near water, parents and caregivers
                                                                should be very close by and directly supervise children’s         Explore Centre Island, the largest island in the group, and
litter bins, don’t forget to use them and do your part to
                                                                activities in these areas. Never leave a child alone in or near   discover its formal gardens, picnic on the grass, enjoy a
keep Toronto’s parks clean, green and beautiful!
                                                                the water – even for a moment.                                    snack in a restaurant by the water’s edge, or delight the
To find out more about our division’s waste diversion and                                                                         children with a visit to the Centreville Amusement Park
environment initiatives, please turn to page 66.                Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation provides many              where they can see the barnyard animals at Far Enough
                                                                supervised opportunities for fun in the water. Please refer       Farm.
                                                                to the Swimming section of this guide for recreational and
                                                                learn-to-swim information.

 	         Scarborough District’s registration information: pages	5-9.                                                                                        At time of print, not all school
                                                                                                                                                                     locations were confirmed.
                                                                                                     Parks & Horticulture
The ferry terminal is located at the foot of Bay Street at     Toronto Public Labyrinth                                              Cows and sheep and pigs
Queen’s Quay West. Bicycles may be taken on the ferry,
although some restrictions apply during peak user periods.                                                                           and horses....oh my!
Please call, 416-392-8193 for fare information and ferry                                                                             Some of Toronto’s parks offer a home to domestic farm
schedules.                                                                                                                           animals and other, more exotic, creatures. Come talk to the
                                                                                                                                     animals at the following locations:
For information on boat rentals, tram tours, lighthouse
tours, fishing licences and the OFHA Tackle-Share                                                                                    Far Enough Farm
program, the Franklin Children’s Garden, the ropes                                                                                   Toronto Island Park, near Centreville on Centre Island,
challenges course, permits and special events, call                                                                                  daily 9 am to 3 pm
416-397-BOAT. Visit the island for one of its many special                                                                           Don’t leave the Island without paying a visit to Far
events. For recreation programs at Franklin Children’s                                                                               Enough Farm. Pigs, cows, horses, chickens, sheep, and
Garden, call 416-392-8192.                                                                                                           other animals typically found on a rural Ontario farm will
                                                                                                                                     delight the whole family. Please call 416-397-BOAT (2628)
The Franklin Children’s Garden                                 The permanent Toronto Public Labyrinth in Trinity Square              for more information.
on the Toronto Islands                                         Park opened in the fall of 2005. This successful partnership
                                                               between Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, the                   High Park
                                                               Toronto Labyrinth Community Network, and the Church                   Entrances to High Park at Bloor Street West, west of
                                                               of the Holy Trinity demonstrates the City of Toronto’s                Keele Street and High Park Boulevard and Parkside Drive
                                                               commitment to working with community groups for the                   High Park Zoo
                                                               health and well-being of all Toronto residents.                       Follow signs to the Grenadier Café (parking available), then
                                                               For both adults and children, walking the labyrinth can               walk across the street to Deer Pen Road. Zoo is located on this
                                                               relieve stress, and restore a sense of balance to body, mind          road. Animal Paddocks are open daily for self-guided tours,
                                                               and spirit.                                                           dawn to dusk, all year round. 416-392-0056
                                                               Here are some tips to help you walk the labyrinth for the             Visit an international menagerie of animals including
                                                               first time.                                                           bison, yaks, llamas, West Highland cattle, White Fallow
                                                                                                                                     deer, Barbary sheep and Mouflon sheep. The bird

Discover this special garden based on
the popular children’s books about
                                                               1  . The labyrinth is a place for walking, meditation and
                                                                    relaxation. Walking the labyrinth creates a sense of
                                                                    inner calm, with space for reflection. You cannot
                                                                                                                                     collection includes peacocks, turkeys and Indian Runner
                                                                                                                                     Ducks. Watch the animals and take pictures – but please
                                                                                                                                     don’t feed them! It can make the animals very ill and cause
Franklin the Turtle and his friends.                                make a mistake in walking the labyrinth.                         them great distress.

Storytelling, gardening, a turtle pond,                           . Begin your walk by standing quietly at the entrance to
and adventure await you.                                            the labyrinth. Take a minute to relax before you enter.          Riverdale Farm
For more details visit                                              Focus yourself in the here and now, let go of tension if         201 Winchester Street, three blocks east of Parliament Street                                  you can. If you wish, say a prayer before entering the           along Winchester Street, three blocks north of Gerrard Street
                                                                    path. If another person enters the labyrinth before you,         East along Sumach Street. Open daily, 9 am to 5 pm.
                                                                    give him/her time to walk ahead.
Fly Away Home                                                                                                                        • Tour the Farm’s scenic 7.5 acres along pathways through

                                                               3  . You may wish to focus on (meditate on, think about)                wooded areas, around ponds, and into butterfly-herb-
The Toronto Bird Flyways Project
                                                                    a question you would like answered. If you come                    flower-vegetable gardens.
                                                                    to the labyrinth with an event or problem on your                • Cows, horses, donkey, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens,
                                                                    mind, reflect on it as you walk. Or, ask yourself,                 turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits, and farm cats may be seen
                                                                    “What I do need most in my life right now?” An                     along the way in the barns and outdoor paddocks. Many
                                                                    answer may come to you as you walk the turns in the                of the animals and poultry are representative of heritage
                                                                    pathway.                                                           breeds that would have been found on rural Ontario

                                                               4  . There is only one entrance, with one path to the
                                                                    centre and out again. The twists and turns of the
                                                                    path lead you toward the centre of the labyrinth, and
                                                                                                                                       farms circa 1880-1920.
                                                                                                                                     • Chat with the farmer during daily chores that include
                                                                                                                                       animal feedings, egg collection, cow milking (daily at
                                                                    back. Continue to follow the path until you return                 10:30 am), goat milking, and horse grooming.
                                                                    to the starting point.
                                                                                                                                     • Visit the Simpson House wood burning brick oven on
Toronto’s river valleys attract many bird species that use
them as travel corridors during their migration, and as
habitat for breeding and raising their young. The Toronto
                                                               5  . Follow the path to the centre at your own pace.
                                                                    To pause during your walk or to let others coming
                                                                    towards you pass, step to the side. Don’t worry if
                                                                                                                                       Tuesday mornings to watch volunteers preparing and
                                                                                                                                       baking bread.
Bird Flyways Project furthers the improvement of sites in           you forget which direction you were going in when                • Shop at the Farmers’ Market every Tuesday
three of our many river valleys: Humberwood in the West             you stepped off the path. You will not be lost - you               (May-October, 3-7 pm).
Humber, Milne Hollow Park in the Don and Woodlands                  will reach either the centre or the entrance.                    • Enjoy hot and cold refreshments and homemade cookies
Park in the Rouge. The project includes planting native
                                                               6  . You may carefully pass others who are moving                       in the Farm Kitchen.
trees, shrubs and wildflowers and installing habitat                more slowly. Find your own comfortable pace -                    • The Shop at the Farm (416-961-8787) carries fine gifts,
structures like “the nest” to provide more food and shelter         don’t hustle yourself or other people. Change your                 books, decorations, handicrafts, toys, cards, preserves,
for the birds. The Toronto Bird Flyways Projects adds               walking pattern as you feel the need. There is space               paintings, sculptures, soap, and many more keepsake
to other habitat enhancement work by the City and its               within the labyrinth to be alone and yet to be among               items.
partners at sites throughout Toronto and will enhance bird          others who are also walking the path.
flyway corridors that connect to larger continental                                                                                  • Drop-in to the Meeting House preschoolers’ playroom to
eco-systems. The Toronto Bird Flyways Project also
provides great opportunities for the serious and the not-      7  . Spend some time at the centre. When you arrive
                                                                    at the centre you will find six “petals” around the
                                                                    middle. Remain in this central space as long as you
                                                                                                                                       enjoy books, puzzles, table games, and our toy animals/
so-serious bird watcher to watch and learn about local and                                                                           • Participate in the many programs and seasonal events at
migratory birds.                                                    need to, or simply experience the centre as a turning
                                                                                                                                       the Farm (listed in the FUN Guide – Toronto & East
                                                                    point. Please make room for others as they arrive.
Become an important part of the project by contributing                                                                                York District).
time and labour at volunteer planting events or by
participating in the Community Stewardship Program.
                                                               8  . Follow the same path back out again. The journey
                                                                    out will feel different from walking in. Note changes
                                                                    in your perceptions and feelings, be aware of your
                                                                                                                                     • Volunteer with the Advisory Council, Animal
                                                                                                                                       Management Committee, Buildings & Grounds
Plant native trees, shrubs and wildflowers, weed                                                                                       Committee, Events Committee, Garden Club, Events,
                                                                    impressions and state of mind as you follow the
invasive non-native plants, water, mulch, build bird                                                                                   Programs, and Friends of Riverdale Farm (kitchen,
                                                                    twists and turns of the return path.
boxes and brush bundles for bird habitat and monitor                                                                                   market, shop).
ecological conditions at selected restoration project sites.   Once you finish walking the labyrinth take some time to
                                                                                                                                     • For more information, please contact the Farm at
These programs are coordinated through the Natural             think about the experience. The labyrinth is conveniently
                                                                                                                                       416-392-6794, or email us at
Environment and Community Programs Section of                  located in Trinity Square Park, just west of the Eaton’s Centre.
Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation. For more                                                                                     • Visit our websites at and
                                                               For information or for special events at the Labyrinth
information on the Toronto Bird Flyways Project or how                                                                       
to get involved call 416-392-LEAF (5323).

 Scarborough District 	                                                                                                           The FUN Guide, Spring/Summer 2007	                         
   Parks & Horticulture
Get involved!                                                    Centennial Park Conservatory                                      High Park Children’s Garden
Become a Parkland Naturalization                                 151 Elmcrest Rd. Daily 10 am-5 pm. 416-394-8543                   In High Park, south end on Colborne Lodge Dr.
Volunteer!                                                       Three greenhouses with more than 12,000 square feet of            Garden open at all times.
                                                                 interesting plant collections will refresh your spirit in a       Program info: 416-392-1329/416-338-5055,
There are two ways for you to become a                           fragrant tropical paradise. Centennial Park Conservatory is       e-mail:,
Parkland Naturalization Volunteer:                               a breath of summer, no matter the weather.                        website:
Parkland Naturalization Program – gives individual               Seasonal Flower Shows at Allan Gardens and                        Recently designated as one of the Top 60 Public Spaces in
volunteers and groups the opportunity to help implement          Centennial Park Conservatories                                    the World, the High Park Children’s garden is a children’s
site restoration and naturalization plans by joining in                                                                            delight, featuring colourful, raised garden beds in the
planting events at sites across the city.                        A Preview of Spring – Continues at both locations until the       shape of ABC. The garden is planted with a wide variety
                                                                 end of April.                                                     of organic vegetables and herbs and is surrounded by a
The Community Stewardship Program – involves
volunteers in on-going maintenance and monitoring                Escape from the dreary greyness of winter in the city and         composting demonstration site, rain barrels, a sand box,
activities at naturalization sites in the City of Toronto’s      awaken your senses with the sweet smell of hyacinth, the          several new permaculture elements including a food-hedge,
natural parkland sites.                                          vibrant colours of the latest tulips and delight in some of the   and an Oak Savannah restoration project.
                                                                 more unusual, yet equally beautiful, minor spring bulbs.          The High Park Children’s Garden was built in 1998 by
Some of our key project sites include:                                                                                             turning an old asphalt parking lot into a fabulous garden
                                                                 Summer Show – June to mid-September
 Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat Beechwood Wetland                                                                                    teeming with life. Since then, over 35,000 children, youth
 Toronto Bird Flyways Project Don Valley Brick Works             Allan Gardens – Our permanent tropical collection is
                                                                 augmented with some unusual, colourful foliage plants             and community members have visited the garden. Each
 Toronto Islands Sand Dunes        Birkdale Ravine                                                                                 year, the garden is planted and maintained by children and
                                                                 such as Caladiums and Coleus.
To volunteer, contact us at:                                                                                                       youth who participate in gardening and nature exploration
                                                                 Cloud Forest Conservatory                                         activities offered by the Children’s Garden and Exploring
    Natural Environment Hotline: 416-392-LEAF                    South side of Richmond St, between Yonge and Bay Sts.
    Natural Environment email:                                                                             Toronto Programs of Toronto’s Parks, Forestry and
                                                                 Monday to Friday, 10 am-2:30 pm (closed on weekends and           Recreation Division. Programs offer children and youth a
                                                                 holidays). 416-392-7288                                           chance to learn about and enjoy organic gardening, urban
Naturally wonderful                                              A walk-through greenhouse that recreates the tropical             ecology and Toronto’s heritage through curriculum-based
places to visit                                                  foliage of a Costa Rican cloud forest.                            school programs, eco camps, youth cooking programs,
                                                                                                                                   family garden drop-ins and community events.
Gain inspiration for planting in your own garden, or             Edwards Gardens and Toronto Botanical Garden
simply take a break to enjoy the ever-changing panorama          777 Lawrence Ave, E and Leslie St.                                Humber Arboretum
of nature at its finest in Toronto Parks, Forestry and           Edwards Gardens open daily, dawn to dusk.                         205 Humber College Blvd. Open daily dawn to dusk.
Recreation’s garden parks and conservatories.                    A former estate that features beautifully landscaped uplands,     416-675-5009
Allan Gardens Conservatory                                       and an extensive rockery in the valley.                           Situated in a delightful natural setting of 120 hectares
South side of Carlton St, between Jarvis & Sherbourne Sts.       Toronto Botanical Garden open daily.                              along the West Humber River valley, the Humber
Daily 10 am-5 pm. 416-392-7288                                   Monday to Saturday 10 am-5 pm; Sunday 11 am-4 pm.                 Arboretum includes a variety of habitats, including
                                                                 Fully wheelchair accessible. Ample free parking.                  ponds, streams, forest and meadows. The site features
Allan Gardens Conservatory’s Palm House, in its present          Tel.: 416-397-1340, Fax: 416-397-1354,                            several kilometres of self-guided hiking and biking trails.
form, was opened in 1910. It is designated for architectural     E-mail:                            The Nature Orientation Centre, a focal point of the
and historical reasons under the Ontario Heritage Act as         Website:                            Arboretum, is an educational facility that houses a variety
“a significant example of cast-iron and glass conservatories                                                                       of continually-changing displays and exhibits. Be sure to
                                                                 Toronto Botanical Garden (TBG), located within Edwards
built in the 19th Century.” Today Allan Gardens’ six                                                                               inquire about guided tours and special programs for all
                                                                 Gardens, is a volunteer-based, charitable organization
greenhouses now comprise over 16,000 square feet.                                                                                  ages.
                                                                 whose purpose is to inspire passion, respect and
Allan Gardens Teaching Conservatory                              understanding of gardening, horticulture, and the natural          Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat
Built in 1932 and previously located at University Avenue        landscape. The Weston Family Library offers an extensive          In Humber Bay Park East, base of Park Lawn Rd,
and College Street, this historic greenhouse housed the          selection of horticulture resources. Adult and children’s         south of Lakeshore Blvd.
University of Toronto Botany Department.                         programs, courses, and lectures are offered year-round in         Open daily dawn to dusk. For more information,
The Allan Gardens Children’s Conservatory officially opened      addition to spring and summer garden tours. The indoor            please call 416-392-LEAF.
at its new location in October 2004. Previously located on       spaces and well-designed gardens offer a wonderful setting        The Humber Bay Butterfly Habitat (HBBH) is an
the University of Toronto campus, the greenhouse served as       for business meetings or special events.                          ecological restoration project that provides critical
a teaching facility for thousands of science students for more   TBG Special Events:                                               habitat for a variety of native butterfly species. HBBH
than 70 years. Today, it continues its tradition of education    Through the Garden Gate – June                                    incorporates native wildflowers, shrubs, trees, grasses,
at its new home in Allan Gardens where grade three and                                                                             sedges and a variety of physical features known to support
                                                                 Free tours of Edwards Gardens and Toronto Botanical Garden –
four students participate in a unique hands-on program to                                                                          butterflies throughout their life cycles. Interpretive
                                                                 July & August
learn about horticulture.                                                                                                          features explore the relationship between butterflies and
                                                                 Guildwood Park                                                    their natural habitat. Don’t miss the Monarch migration
The University of Toronto donated this historic greenhouse       Guildwood Parkway, off Kingston Rd, east of Eglinton Ave, E.      – watch for the brilliant Monarch butterfly in late summer
to the City of Toronto, and with support from the                                                                                  to early fall.
                           , the facility was reconstructed      Enjoy a garden park with fountains, sculptures,
and restored to its original splendor. Toronto Parks,            architectural remnants of Toronto’s past and a promenade          James Gardens
Forestry and Recreation is now responsible for the ongoing       leading to the Scarborough Bluffs.                                Edenbridge Dr, between Royal York and Scarlett Rds,
maintenance, operations and programming of the facility.         High Park Nature Centre                                           south of Eglinton Ave, W.
A generous endowment for children’s programming has              440 Parkside Dr. 416-392-1748 ext. 6                              The terraced gardens of this former estate feature spring-
been provided by the Donner Foundation, through the     •                  fed pools with rustic bridges and varied floral plantings.
Ontario Heritage Foundation.                                     Restore and Explore: July & August 2007                           Rosetta McClain Gardens
To book a program or for further information, contact:           Have you ever wondered what a dragonfly’s favorite food           Kingston Rd at Glen Everest Rd.
    Supervisor, Children’s Education                             is or how big an eagle’s nest can be? Through hands-on            Perched on the Scarborough Bluffs, this park offers
    Toronto Botanical Garden                                     nature-based programming, children discover the amazing           magnificent views. Accessibility features include raised
    c/o Allan Gardens Conservatory                               plants and animals of High Park, create nature crafts, go         planter beds, adjustable benches and well-defined paved
    19 Horticultural Ave, Toronto, ON M5A 2P2                    on bug hunts and learn how to sing like a bird! Half-day          paths.
    416-392-7290                                                 programs for organized groups, Tuesday afternoon Family
                                                                 Nature Walks, full and half day summer camp sessions for          Toronto Music Garden
    e-mail:                                                                                 475 Queen’s Quay West                                children aged 3 to 10 years.
                                                                                                                                   A place of music and tranquility on Toronto’s inner
                                                                                                                                   harbour, designed to reflect famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma’s
                                                                                                                                   interpretation of Bach’s First Suite for Unaccompanied
                                                                                                                                   Cello. For program information, please call 416-973-3000
                                                                                                                                   or visit

0	          Scarborough District’s registration information: pages	5-9.                                                                                       At time of print, not all school
                                                                                                                                                                    locations were confirmed.