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Colonel Sam Smith Park, Toronto

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Colonel Samuel Smith Park is an urban park in the Etobicoke district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada and a former weekend get-away destination for Victorian Torontonians. The park has a variety of attractions, including a children's playground located only steps from Lake Ontario. The park is named for Lieutenant Colonel Samuel Smith and lands were part of his property in the 1800s. The park was developed from the 1970s onwards and opened in 1996.
A scenic hiking trail along a peninsula on Lake Ontario provides access to the waterfront, and to several rocky beaches with views of the lake or for birdwatching. A nearby yacht club provides opportunities for boat watching. The park offers a panoramic view of the city, with the iconic CN Tower visible on a clear day, as well as prime fishing spots and other outdoor activities.
Throughout the park are observation decks, from which visitors may spot wildlife engaged in various activities, such as turtles sunning themselves on the rocks, groups of baby ducks and swans, beaver dams and even the beavers themselves. Over one hundred bird species nest in the area.
There are picnic areas along the trail and on the beaches, as well as a sheltered area with tables for group gatherings on the south side of the Humber College campus adjacent to the cricket pitch.
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  • Very enjoyed the morning walk. The park has several lookout points that are great for bird watching or just enjoy the quiet water front. The park is also big and good walking paths along all areas.  more »
  • It was great to stroll around this peaceful park. It has beautiful trees and great lakeside views. There are good paths that wind around the park. Wonderful whatever the weather. Spot the amazing...  more »
  • Most people don't even know this park exists. This is the hidden gem of the City. South of QEW, not many people come this way and you would not know there is a huge park on the lake if you were just....  more »
  • Always a great walk through here. Quiet and good for a dog walk. Dog park is also near one end. The lake walk is peaceful and you usually see ducks and Swans.
  • Great park. Lots of pebbles, no obvious beach area which was expected. Clean and well maintained. Lots of parking and great foot traffic and biking paths...
  • Nice but not well maintened. The grass is 3-4 feet high in many places and this attracts thousands of bugs. Sometimes it's hard to breathe when you go through the 10m long cloud of flies. It's usually not crowded and you can have a really nice view of downtown Toronto. There is also a small marina here.
  • Love the spot, beautiful and peaceful! Definitely do the walk around the lake. Lots of insects to company you as well, but it's worth it! You also get to see the downtown from here.
  • Great view of Toronto and Mississauga. Very peaceful place. Good for walking, fishing

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