Toronto’s relaxing lakeshore is just a quick hop, skip and a jump from the downtown core. With its paved Waterfront Trail, this scenic route is a paradise for cyclists with plenty to experience. From natural wonders and picture-perfect vistas to art and culture, here’s everything you need to know to get started exploring the shores of Lake Ontario.
Waterfront Trail Tour Map
Bluffer's Park and Beach
The Scarborough Bluffs are a site to behold, and the surrounding greenspace and shoreline offer plenty to discover.
Tommy Thompson Park
Tommy Thompson Park is found on the Leslie Street Spit, five kilometers of urban wilderness sitting on fill and concrete leftover from construction. Its spacious trails offer beautiful scenery and breathtaking views of the city skyline.
235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5V 3G3 | (416)203-1212
Pop into this cultural space for art exhibitions, live music, theatre and other special events.
Against the Grain
25 Dockside Dr, Toronto, ON M5A 0B5 | (647)344-1562
Located in the Corus building (a playful office famous for its indoor slide), this gastropub has a lakeside patio with views of the Toronto Islands.
With its pink umbrellas, white Muskoka chairs and ultrafine sand, this ’gram-worthy urban beach is tough to beat.
243 X Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8 | (416)214-1344
Grab a seat and watch the world go by at this permanent outdoor art installation made of undulating cedar decks that mimic the waves of Lake Ontario.
Toronto Music Garden
Stop and smell the roses at this flower garden, which features beautiful botanicals inspired by Bach’s First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello.
955 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3B9 | (416)314-9900
This former amusement park and Modernist icon is now a beautiful public park (for now!), with spaces for outdoor yoga, lakeside picnics and plenty of breezy trails to explore by bike.
1755 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6S 5A3 | (416)531-2233
This photogenic 1920s building will make you feel like you’ve escaped to another era.