Guidebooks will tell you to go to the CN Tower, or the ROM, or even (gasp) the Eaton Centre. Wanna see the locals in action? Trinity Bellwoods Park is where it happens. Yuppies walking their $1,000 dogs, hipster film students filming their movies on the fly (sans permit of course), artists sketching, pretty single girls reading books, grunting jocks playing tennis, lovers en rendezvous, etc... surrounded by some of the best coffee, croissants, fish and chips, bookstores and shops Toronto has to offer (plus a farmers' market). If you're lucky, there might even be an Art Show? This park may be unassuming at first glance, but it's where life happens...
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Trinity Bellwoods Park
Home to the largest white squirrel population in the world is our beloved park, Trinity Bellwoods. It was formerly the site of the college, now situated at the University of Toronto (and my alma matter!).
Year round, this is a fantastic place to visit. Whether you want to run, play tennis, some croquet (and you can get the equipment at the local Trinity Tuck Shop open seasonally -- http://trinitytuckshop.tumblr.com/) or picnic, you can do it here.
Tons of events are held here too including Nuit Blanche and the Art Crawl in September.
PS There's a coffee shop called White Squirrel across the street. There's also a fish and chip shop called Chippy's and Nadege, a french pastry shop that also sells sandwiches and has a sweet patio view of the park.
Trinity Bellwoods Park is downtown Toronto’s largest green space with 37 acres of park land for everyone to share and enjoy. There are tennis courts, an ice-skating rink, soccer, rugby and football fields, baseball fields, indoor pools, a leash-free dog park, cycling trails, as well local art and music performances and a weekly farmers market every Tuesday afternoon from June to October. Spending an afternoon here after shopping in Queens West will give you a great sense of local life in Toronto. For a Toronto itinerary tailored around your interests, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo by margonaut, https://flic.kr/p/9MDt31