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Tommy Thompson Park

Tommy Thompson Park Review

This park comprises a peninsula that juts 5 km (3 miles) into Lake Ontario. It was created from the sand dredged for a new port of entry and the landfill of a hundred skyscrapers (trucks still dump landfill here Monday to Friday). It has quickly become one of the best areas in the city for cycling, jogging, walking, sailing, photography, and, especially, bird-watching. The strange, artificial peninsula is home (or stopover) to the largest colony of ring-billed seagulls in the world and dozens of species of terns, ducks, geese, and snowy egrets. At the end of the spit, you'll find a red-and-white lighthouse, in addition to amazing views of downtown and an awesome sense of isolation in nature. Bird-watching is best from mid-May to mid-October. To get here, head east along Queen Street to Leslie Street, then south to the lake. No private vehicles are permitted in the park.

    Contact Information

  • Address: Entrance at the foot of Leslie St., south of Lakeshore Blvd. East, Leslieville, Toronto, ON
  • Phone: 416/661–6600
  • Hours: Weekends Apr.–Nov., daily 9–6; Dec.–Mar., daily 9–4:30
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  • Subway: Queen, then streetcar 501 east
  • Location: Leslieville
Updated: 09-12-2013

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