As much I love the nonstop buzz of my hometown, sometimes one just needs to escape and unwind even if just for an hour or two. The Toronto Music Garden, located in the Harbourfront neighborhood right on Lake Ontario is one of my favorite urban "getaways."
I love to come here on hot days or warm evenings with my dogs and an iced coffee to just lounge under the trees with a book and people watch. There are a lot of parks in Toronto; however, only the Music Garden offers a view of the harbor and Toronto Island.
P.S.: There is live, outdoor classical music on offer in the summertime on Thursday and Sunday evenings, weather permitting.