Toronto is a tobogganing kind of town: we don’t have mountains or a fancy skating canal or enough snowfall to build a long-standing structure, but what we do have is hills, hills and more hills. Due to geographic elements (ravines carved into the ground by flowing rivers from the Canadian Shield to Lake Ontario) and the city’s industrial past (gravel and sand pits, and brickyards being converted into parks), there are now hundreds of tobogganing and sledding spots to enjoy. Fly into our Guide to the Best Spots to Go Tobogganing in Toronto!
Note: There are plenty of small hills and in almost every park, but not every one is a designated tobogganing area by the City of Toronto. No matter where you go, always heed the safety rules and be careful!
Bickford Park has three tobogganing hills to choose from. Even though it’s close to Bloor Street, it’s more secluded than other options and therefore typically less busy.
Where: 400 Grace Street, Toronto
(Note: Nearby Christie Pits Park is another popular spot in the area but is not actually a designated tobogganing hill by the City of Toronto.)
This popular park has a wide space and gentle slope, perfect for beginners. The park also has an off-leash dog area and indoor skating rink.
Where: 443 Arlington Avenue, York
In the Upper Beaches, this park has an uninterrupted hill with a long exit, plus it’s home to a community centre (which includes an indoor pool if you need to warm up!) with a playground for when the kids need a break.
Where: 1725 Gerrard St. East, Toronto
Glen Stewart Park
For one of the most picturesque rides around, head over to this ravine park tucked away in the Beach neighbourhood. The sledding area is a valley so you can treat it like a half-pipe: go down one way and up the other!
Where: 351 Glen Manor Drive, Toronto
This park has some of the best winter activity options in the city, with a new covered rink and popular skating path. Plus it has an obstacle-free sledding hill with a large flat area at the bottom so kids can safely glide to a natural stop.
Where: 150 Greenwood Avenue, Toronto
Riverdale Park East and West
Both sides of the Don Valley offer great tobogganing runs. The west side in Cabbagetown has a staircase and a better ride for younger kids, plus it’s near Riverdale Farm which is open (and free!) all through the winter. Riverdale Park East near East Chinatown features a more thrilling ride and has one of the best downtown views from its peak.
Where: 375 Sumach Street (West); 550 Broadview Ave (East), Toronto
This popular east-end spot has a smooth hill and stairs, plus a popular skating rink and an off-leash dog area.
Where: 725 Logan Avenue, Toronto
L’Amoreaux Park gets a lot of visitors in summer at Kidstown Water Park. However, it’s quiet in winter which is surprising given the excellent slopes. The hills are steep with long run-outs.
Where: 2000 McNicoll Avenue, Scarborough
The best-known hill located in Etobicoke has plenty of space for lots of sledders, plus there’s also skiing on a separate hill. (Interesting tidbit: It’s named Centennial Park because it was opened in honour of Canada’s 100th birthday in 1967!)
Where: 165 Centennial Park Boulevard, Etobicoke
Humber Sheppard Park
Near the intersection of Highways 401 and 400, this park has a gentle slope forged over time by the Humber River. A similar hill south of the 401 is Weston Lions Park.
Where: 3100 Weston Road, North York
This hill is lit at night, which is great when the days are so short at the winter solstice. It’s near Earl Bales Park if you want to graduate to skiing (which, because of its designation as a ski hill, does not allow tobogganing).
Where: 125 Seneca Hill Drive, North York
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