Sunnybrook Park is open to the public year-round and is visited by many people who like to enjoy the outdoors or may just be looking for a quiet place to relax.
|Neighbourhood |||North Toronto|
|Getting There |||West off Leslie St through Wilket Creek Park. The park is about a 15-minute walk from the Leslie 51, Eglinton East 34 and Lawrence East 54 bus stops.|
Profile Last Updated: May 08, 2007
Summer is the time to go outdoors, as everyone knows. And Sunnybrooko Park is the perfect place to get some fresh air. If you find yourself strolling down one of the paths, you might see a group having a barbecue lunch or pass by some people on a horseback ride. There's also stables hidden deep within the park. Feel like doing something more physical? There are several bike trails throughout the park, giving different perks and challenges to both seasoned and beginner riders. Sunnybrook Park also has plenty of other sporty options: two rugby fields, three cricket pitches, four field hockey fields and three soccer fields.
Walking in a Winter Wonderland
Tobogganing, sledding and cross-country skiiing are all popular activities during the chillier season. If you're bundled up properly you might even consider going on a winter hike on one of the trails within the park. Some of these trails includes Thomas H. Thomson Nature Trail or the Vita Parcours exercise trail. There is plenty of forest to marvel at, full of Sugar Maple and Eastern Hemlock trees.
A Bit of Park History
Sunnybrook Farm was the 154-hectare country estate of Joseph Kilgour in the late 1800s. It extended east from Bayview Avenue to Leslie Street above Glenvale Boulevard and encompassed the Burke Ravine, named after Edward and Jonas Burke, who settled there in the 1860s and 1870s. The Toronto Field Naturalists opened the first urban wilderness trail in Canada at Sunnybrook Park in 1930. In 1994, wildflowers, ferns, shrubs and trees were planted along a series of interpretive trails.