It’s no secret that I love Vaughan, and there are a million reasons for that. But one of the biggest is the balance that living here provides. There’s nothing better than being part of a vibrant city on the one hand, while having easy access to nature on the other. That’s why I’m such a big fan of our incredible parks!
While there’s no shortage of gorgeous green spaces here in Vaughan, some truly are a cut above the rest. With that in mind, here are five of my all-time favourite parks in the city…
1) Kortright Centre for Conservation
For nature lovers, it doesn’t get better than Kortright Centre for Conservation. This 325 hectares of parkland is, in a word, breathtaking. It’s no wonder Kortright attracts over 100,000 visitors every year! Whenever you visit, I suggest hitting the trails. There are over 17 kilometres to explore, and you’ll find some pretty interesting things along the way—from vibrant meadows in the summer to snowy winterscapes (perfect for skiing) once the temperature drops. Don’t forget to check out the Innovation Trails, where you’ll find all kinds of renewable technologies on display!
2) Bindertwine Park
I’ve found yet another reason to fall in love with Kleinberg. In this charming community, just a short distance from Islington Avenue, you’ll find Bindertwine Park. With its well-maintained baseball diamond and soccer field, this local gem is the perfect place to while away a sunny Saturday or Sunday. It also provides access to a pleasant stretch of the Humber Trail. Trust me when I say, you won’t be disappointed by the scenery—especially the beautiful birch trees!
3) Boyd Conservation Centre
If you’ve never been to Boyd Conservation Centre, you’re missing out. This Woodbridge nature preserve, which is chock full of mature trees, is nothing short of majestic. It’s also a local favourite for family get-togethers, thanks to its many picnic and BBQ sites. And if you’re into hiking, it gets even better! There are over 7 kilometres of trail here, and every inch is well-maintained. For all you skiiers out there, I’m sorry to report that the area closes down for everyone but pedestrians when fall ends. But if you do decide to go for a walk, don’t forget to take a moment for those Humber River Valley views!
4) Marita Payne Park
Marita Payne Park is one of those outdoor spaces that truly has it all. From the baseball diamonds to the tennis courts to the playground, there’s something for every member of the family at this beloved Vaughan green space. There’s also a 2.5-kilometre walk that passes through the park. This section is paved, which is great for joggers, dog walkers, and those who regularly leave the house with a stroller in tow. Lastly, when the weather is right for it, the pond is a can’t-miss attraction. There are few things as relaxing as watching ducks glide on the water!
5) North Maple Regional Park
I’ve saved the best for last. North Maple Regional Park is still in development, but it’s going to be an absolute gem once it’s complete. At an incredible 900 acres, this gorgeous green space will be larger than New York’s Central Park! Phase one—which included two soccer fields, 5kms of walking trails, beautifully-lit landscaped areas, and washroom facilities—was a huge success. You can check it out at anytime by heading east of Keele Street and North of Teston Road. From majestically preserved wetlands to expanded sport and recreation areas, I can’t wait to see what else this park has in store!
There’s no doubt that the list of things to do in this city is long. But for the nature lovers among us, visiting some of its most beautiful parks should be a top priority. Whether you’re on foot, on skis, or strapped to a pair of snowshoes, you’ll love exploring the great outdoors in Vaughan!
Interested in learning more about Vaughan’s incredible neighbourhoods—or maybe even buying a new home here? Whether you have questions or are ready to take the first step, I’m here. Give me a call at 416-550-7555 or reach out at Lisa@LisaSinopoli.com.