5 Places to Picnic Near Yonge-Dundas Square


Nothing says Toronto summer quite like a picnic in the park. With so many exciting events taking place in Yonge-Dundas Square over the next few months, finding the ideal picnic spot nearby will save you the hassle of trekking around town trying to find a place to hang. Below you’ll find a few picnic destinations near Yonge-Dundas Square, all of them under 30 minutes walking distance away. 

1. Ryerson University Kerr Hall Quad

You don’t have to be a student to enjoy this quiet field tucked away on Ryerson campus. It boasts a gorgeous backdrop of Toronto’s skyline and it’s a quick 5 minute walk from Yonge-Dundas Square. There’s lots of space for a round of frisbee or bocce too!

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 2. Barbara Hall Park

A 10-minute walk from YDS and in the heart of Church Wellesley Village, Barbara Hall park is a small piece of grass tucked away from the buzzy neighbourhood. Perfect for those not wanting to stray too far from the downtown core.

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 3. Berczy Park

This teeny park close to Yonge Street offers small grassy hills to lay back and enjoy a bite to eat. Other perks include a charmingly-kitsch dog fountain featuring sculptures of several different breeds. Grab some takeout from one of the many restaurants along Yonge street on your way down and enjoy this city infused outdoor experience.


4. St. James Park

If you’re heading to the St. Lawrence Market from YDS, stop by this cute little park for a rest. Stroll through the serene flower garden then grab a spot on one of the grassy knolls for a bite to eat. With the market so close, you can grab all the fixings needed for an idyllic picnic.

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5. Grange Park

Located by OCAD's famous checkered building, Grange park offers a unique picnic destination. A stone's throw from the Art Gallery of Ontario and Kensington Market, this is the perfect location for a rest point between sightseeing.

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Robyn Bell is a freelance writer in Toronto.

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