About Ashbridges Bay Park, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Named after Sarah Ashbridge,a British loyalist from Philadelphia, Ashbridge’s Bay Park was once part of a 5 sq. km marsh on the Don River Delta, which was one of the largest wetlands in eastern Canada. Due to industrial development and sewage disposal into the marsh, Toronto Harbour Commission drained the marsh in 1912 and reclaimed the land in which todays Ashbridges Bay Park is located. The park was officially opened in 1977. In the early 2000’s the area was revitalized by Waterfront Toronto.
TRCA & City of Toronto are also carrying out remedial conservation to prevent erosion by Lake Ontario.
What to do at Ashbridge’s Bay Park?
Attractions & Things to do at Ashbridge’s Bay Park
Stroll the beautiful trails through the park and enjoy a picnic.
It is a good birdwatching destination and a popular fishing spot for shore anglers. The footbridges offer a great place for children to learn fishing. See fishing rules here.
Go sailing or boating from the public boat launch at the Park : Lake Ontario is accessed through Coatsworth Cut.
The park is also home to
Ashbridge’s Skate Park
Have a beach day at the Woodbine beach located at the eastern border of Ashbridges Bay Park.
The park is also the venue for fireworks during Victoria Day & Canada Day. Best view is from Woodbine beach.
When to visit Ashbridge’s Bay Park?
Ashbridges Bay Park Hours
The park is open year round, but in winter trails are not maintained.
Fireworks: Victoria Day & Canada Day
2016 Fireworks: May 23, 2016 | 10:00 PM – Press Release
Regattas hosted by Ashbridge’s Bay Yacht Club – Here
2016 Optimist Canadian Championship – August 18-24.
How to get to Ashbridge’s Bay Park?
Ashbridge’s Park is located south of Lake Shore Boulevard East & Coxwell Avenue at 1561 Lakeshore Boulevard East. Once at the intersection, turn on to Ashbridges Bay Park Road to reach the parking lot. There are clear signage marking the park location, making it hard to miss. Ashbridge’s Bay Park is located adjacent to Woodbine Beach Park , and the boardwalk along the Woodbine Beach ends at Bay park.
Ashbridge’s skate park is located North of the main park by the Lake Shore Boulevard East & Coxwell Avenue intersection.
56 km cycling & inline skating Martin Goodman Trail traverses the park.
For detailed directions, check the map tab.
For trip planning by public transit, see here.
Parking: Though there is ample paid parking available; in busy summer months, the lot is almost always full. During fireworks days, it is better to take public transit.
There are reserved parking spots for boat trailers near the boat launch.
What about Amenities & Accessibility Ashbridge’s Bay Park?
Washrooms on site.
Pets should be on leash.
Picnic benches & tables.
Two concrete launch ramps.
Vehicles can enter the park gates (speed limit 15kmph – to drive through the trails), but all four flashers should be ON.
There are restaurants nearby including a spacious clubhouse with bar and restaurant at the Yacht club.