Most of us might be working from home now instead of an office, but that doesn't mean mean you can't go out for lunch! The weather lately has been picnic perfect!
One of the top spots in the city for sprawling in grass with a sandwich is Trinity Bellwoods Park! The park has been around for decades upon decades, and was the original location for Trinity College in the early 1900s. Eventually, the City of Toronto took back the property and co-opted the school buildings. Most were demolished in the 1950s, only leaving the stone and iron gates as an homage to what once was.
Photo courtesy of Friends Of Trinity Bellwoods & Toronto Archives
This well-designed 38-acre park - divided into designated zones - has drawn in locals for years. With Torontonians flocking to green spaces with the arrival of the languid, humid weather, there's no better time to pack up a basket and picnic in the park!?
Given the persistence of COVID-19 and the need for social distancing, it's also an important time to support local businesses and restaurants. So we’ve put together a list of picnic potential! Trinity Bellwoods is one of Toronto's largest parks, with several different zones to enjoy. Here are a few spaces we’d suggest!
• The Dog Bowl
This off-leash pooch zone is a must for dog lovers. A zone designed just for dogs to run off-leash and play with their friends. Word to the wise, maybe not the best to set up a picnic in the bowl, might get some fluffy visitors. But thanks to the sloping sides, it’s easy to set up shop and enjoy the furry friends prance and play below. (Here's our blog Looking For Leash-Free Love At Trinity Bellwoods Park)
• Gore Vale Ave
Towards the east side of the park, between the baseball diamond and the tennis courts is an open, airy, grass-filled space to sprawl. This spot is great for those looking to catch some games and some sun. With the social distancing circles, you don't need to worry about other park-goers getting to close.
• Trinity Circle
Closer to Queen Street is this tree-filled shady area. Here there are picnic tables around, so if you’re looking for a bench and table to sit at, instead of bringing your own blanket to sit on, this is the spot for you! Also, a great spot to pull up a bike too!
Now let's get down to the meat of the matter - food! Being hugged by Dundas West, Queen West and Ossington, Trinity Bellwoods has some wonderful food options to pick up or pack. From local, to international, there's something for everyone! grab your basket and get going, Toronto!
A great choice, if you're looking for something a bit more hands-on or a make your own approach; is the farmers market! Just bring your basket, some music and a blanket. Trinity Bellwoods has a farmers market Tuesday with local farmers and fresh produce which is always a yummy choice you can feel good about! Grab a basket of fresh Ontario Strawberries, some apples, carrots and you're good to go! The farmers market is located at the corner of Dundas and Shaw. (Photo courtesy of the DailyHive)
Another local option is The Lucky Penny, located at Shaw and Lobb Street. You can order up to six items at the walk-up window, or you could pre-order beforehand. Make a cute charcuterie board, with some drinks, fruits.
Need a little caffeine fix? On Queen Street, there’s the legendary White Squirrel Coffee, named of course after the famous White Squirrels of Trinity Bellwoods. We love that they support local and environmentally-conscious producers & suppliers. Also, if the line is too long, check out Sam’s Coffee it's on the same block. Hey, why not try both?
This purveyor has some truly great sandwich options. The steak sandwich with caramelized onions, tomatoes, Dijon and mayo?! Friggin' yuuuum! Or try the salmon sandwich with cucumber, lettuce and tomatoes!
This is a fabulous vegetarian joint, located just a little west on Queen Street - perfect fort grab and go. The Kimchi Burger, Toasty Tempeh Sandwich or the Superfood Burrito Bowl are great options! Oh, did we mention they do an all day breakfast?! (Photo courtesy of Hello123 Insta)
This one is another that’s a small walk away, but worth it. Not only do they have burgers and sandwiches, but you can also pick up some drinks. They have some pre-made mixes for their famous cocktails, if you want to enjoy a mocktail in the park… or live your best life and add a little something to the mix. (Photo courtesy of The Drake Instagram)
Looking for a whimsical cold treat? Just up Ossington is Bang Bang Ice Cream. There's usually a line, but well worth the wait! So, don't forget that mask! They’re menu changes daily, but they offer a wide variety plus vegan options! Perfect for dessert on a hot summer day.
We hope you enjoyed these Picnic In The Park suggestions; just remember to clean up after yourself, wear sunblock, and social distance!! Single or side by side, recreational or romantic, this a past time that's always on trend!
Trinity Bellwoods is one of the city's most dynamic urban green spaces. Learn more about it from the Friends of Trinity Bellwoods, a volunteer group that works together to improve the green space, cultural and recreational activities of the Park. With a community recreation centre (including swimming pool!), dog walking zone, weekly organic market, tennis courts, meandering hillocks, and loads of community events, this park is all you desire in an urban environment! In fact, it's one of the reasons my current 2bed, 2bath perfect pad in Art Condos for $749,000 is such an amazing opportunity!
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