Getting outside and exploring nature is good for our mental and physical health, especially during the current pandemic.
Getting outside was easier just a few months ago when we could walk to work, restaurants, and stroll the city's shopping hotspots. Although many places in Toronto have been closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are several ways we can get outside and enjoy nature.
Recently, Toronto has opened 850 parks, picnic shelters, off-leash dog parks, and outdoor sports areas. People can now visit BMX parks, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, and skateboard parks. Enjoying outdoors sports is encouraged, but no team sports are allowed and no gatherings larger than 10 people are permitted. Please note that while these areas are open to the public, social distancing measures are still mandatory.
It's not necessary to wear a face mask while outdoors enjoying a walk, jog, or bike ride through the city parks; however, if social distancing becomes difficult, you should move to a less crowded area or wear a protective face mask. Always remember to share the space when you encounter other people along a nature trail. Avoid narrow pathways and walk in single file if you're with other members of your household.
We have several nature trails to enjoy near 66 Isabella. The trails through Queens Park and the Ontario Veterans Memorial are beautiful to explore and are only a 15 minute walk from the building. Closer to home is Allen Gardens. Although all conservatories remain closed, the pathways and trails are open.
A little further away is the long stretch of the Lower Don River Trail. This 3km trail follows the Don River from Don Mills Road, all the way to the Gardiner Expressway. This is the perfect place for a bike ride or a lengthy jog. Additionally, High Park is open, weekdays only, and offers plenty of trails, picnic areas, and vast green space to enjoy.
While you enjoy Toronto's nature trails and greenery, remember to respect social distancing guidelines and leave plenty of space for any people you may meet along the way.