Green Escapes from Urban Living

In this part of Toronto, the shopping draws the crowds, but the pleasure of the environment makes them linger. Yorkville Park is a work of landscape art, the result of an international design competition and a celebration of the diversity of the Canadian landscape. A granite outcrop weighing 700 tons was transported from Muskoka, in the lake district north of Toronto, and installed as an impressive sculptural element.  A rain curtain functions as a wall between sitting areas. Benches invite people to rest for a moment. Tables and chairs offer a place to meet with friends or simply sit to read a book. Gardens featuring distinct plant communities fill the grounds.

North on Yonge Street from Bloor, Ramsden Park is tucked into the fold of a small ravine, steps from the Bloor Street towers and the popular boutiques and restaurants of Yorkville, a welcome green escape.

Ramsden Park is across the street just north of The One, offering a perfect place for a quiet walk under beautiful trees. Public tennis courts and a children’s playground draw local residents in the summer months. And in winter, skaters glide across a smooth outdoor rink, a quintessential Canadian scene at night under bright lights, snowflakes and a watchful moon.