With covid lockdown measures in place, I started exploring Toronto (my own backyard) and came across a hidden gem in Midtown Toronto. The place is Sherwood Park. If you have a dog this is the place for you.
There are a number of ways to enter the park. First entrance is from Sherwood Ave. The park is located on the east side of the intersection of Sherwood Ave and Mount Pleasant. There is ample parking space however, it does fill up quickly. If parking is full there is additional parking on the corner of Mount Pleasant and Sherwood. The second entrance you may enter from is on Blythwood Road. Major intersection is Mount Pleasant and Blythwood Road. There is a crosswalk at the entrance of the park.
Sherwood Park is a 40 acre park that consists of 150 years old trees (White Pine, Eastern Hemlock, American Breech, Read and White Oak and Sugar Maple Trees) and walkways in both concrete and designated walking paths. Regular hiking shoes would be adequate for this hiking trail, while exploring Sherwood Park.
There is a designated dog area for letting dogs roam. Sherwood Park is a perfect get away from everyday life and stresses. Beautiful old trees and tranquil setting helps clear the mind.
Located at the end of the concrete lower portion of the park is where the concrete ends, you will find a children’s playground and sitting/eating area.
After you are finished your hike around the park, head on to Yonge Street for a coffee and scroll around the Yonge and Eglinton area. Walking to Yonge Street from Sherwood Park is roughly 1km. There you will find a Starbucks, Tim Hortons, and Second Cup (north on Yonge Street from Sherwood Street). South on Yonge Street you have Yonge Eglinton Shopping Centre and beautiful trendy small businesses to explore.
If you are from out of town or just looking to explore Toronto, I would strongly suggest exploring this area of Midtown Toronto while visiting Sherwood Park. This is truly a great way to see the city!