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Afternoon Delight: Places to Pinic in the City

HEAD OUTSIDE FOR A LANGUID DAY AT THE PARK WITH THESE GRAB-AND-GO OPTIONS.

 

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Grab some shade and enjoy one of Toronto’s parks.

High Park and Sorauren Avenue Park:

Juicy burgers from The Rude Boy provide an alternative to sandwiches. Salads, fries, onion rings and even fish and chips are also on the menu here for an indulgent feast.

Queen’s Park:

Be sure to grab some lunch from Pusateri’s, just two subway stops—or a pleasant 12-minute walk—from this park just south of Museum Station before you stake out the perfect spot among the many historic statues and monuments.

Christie Pits:

Tacos El Asador (689 Bloor St. W., 416-538-9747), has been a Koreatown staple for years. And with good reason: quick, cheap and delicious, the authentic burritos, pupusas and tacos are muy bueno.

Trinity Bellwoods:

H bar (859 Queen St W., 647-352-4227provides a basket fully stocked with the picnic menu options of your choice, a blanket, and a Frisbee. If you’re in need of a sugar fix don’t resist Nadege, which serves not only sweets, but also take-away lunch combos.  —Karen Stevens

 

Sunny Swim in Jasper

courtesy Tourism Jasper

A hit with locals, tourists and wildlife alike, Lake Annette boasts one of Jasper’s few sand beaches. Watch scuba enthusiasts and osprey dive into stream-fed waters that warm during sunny days. Bring a picnic. The playground is a big hit with kids. By James Kallenbach

Lakeside Lunch

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Cascade Ponds credit Andrew Hempstead

Heather Dempsey of Parks Canada suggests these scenic lakeside picnic sites:

  • Picnic at the west end of Lake Minnewanka and gaze at panoramas of the Canadian Rockies’ longest lake.
  • Southeast is Two Jack Lake and secluded Johnson Lake. Walk short trails and swim in shallow waters (on hot days).
  • Watch for deer, elk and pileated woodpeckers in tree cavities at Muleshoe Lake (5 min via the Bow Valley Pkwy W of Banff townsite).
  • Visit Bow Lake (Icefields Pkwy) for breath-taking Crowfoot Glacier and Waputik Range views.

Editor’s Note: Canmore’s Quarry Lake offers a sandy beach, swimming, trails and Ha Ling Peak view.—RM