Summer in Toronto is a great time to explore some of the beautiful, accessible outdoor spaces without having to leave the city. The days are long (and winter is still fresh in our memories) so get outside, and breathe in the air!
Here are some of our favorite outdoor spaces that we have reviewed in the city. For full accessibility details including toilet facilities and parking, search the venue on the main page of the AccessTO website!
The Aga Khan Museum and Park
The Aga Khan Park offers a wonderful range of cultural activities including music, speakers, book signings, and food! For the second year, they are running a summer series called Dancing in the Park showcasing performances and movies intended to get you moving. The series will kick off on Canada day with a free outdoor concert! From garden tours to gentle yoga, there is a lot going on in this accessible garden.
For a full list of events: https://www.agakhanpark.org/
Evergreen Brick Works
Evergreen Brick Works is one of Canada's top geotourism destinations. It has transformed from a former brick quarry to a community hub connecting people to the natural and built world. This summer do not miss the Saturday farmers market with over 25 local farmers and weekly themes. The Sunday Artisan Market also features artisanal products including preserves, locally-made clothing, and hand-made jewelry, wood and leather goods.
For a full list of events: https://www.evergreen.ca/whats-on/?date=2018-06-21&category=0&view=upcoming
Toronto Botanical Gardens and Edwards Gardens
The Toronto Botanical Gardens and Edwards Gardens are located in Toronto's Don Valley Ravine and are designed to educate and inspire. The summer Edwards Summer Music Series touts a line-up of culturally diverse artists and engaging performances. Like the gardens, all performances are free! This summer, the gardens are also featuring an outdoor African art exhibition “ZimSculpt” showcasing stone sculptures by contemporary Zimbabwean artists.
For a full list of events: https://torontobotanicalgarden.ca/about/
Allan Gardens is a 100-year-old botanical garden, open all year round and featuring six greenhouses. This a beautiful spot to visit in the summer! As mentioned in the original review, although the site is accessible, the paths are narrowed by the foliage, and some ramps are a bit steep, so if using a mobility device, care and patience would definitely need to be employed. If able, the 16,000 square feet of beautiful flora-filled greenhouses should not be missed this summer!