EXPLORING THE BEAUTIFUL PARKLANDS OF THE RIVERSIDE NEIGHBOURHOOD
Nature is right in your backyard at Riverside Home The ravine setting of Riverside Home is one of the greatest treasures that this community has to o er its homebuyers. After all, it’s a pretty rare opportunity to have a home surrounded by peaceful forest and greenspace in the middle of Toronto. However, this is really just the beginning of the natural beauty that you can enjoy all around you when you live here. Take a closer look at some of the park- lands in the neighbourhood and you’ll see a world of wonder and beauty everywhere you look.
James Gardens is the site of beautiful former estate homes on the west bank of the nearby Humber River. Here, you can explore spectacular flower gardens, terraced gardens, spring-fed pools and streams and charming woodlots of mature trees. The historic James Gazebo is the perfect place to pause and read a book or enjoy a nice cup of tea. The park also features lawn bowling, cross-country skiing, and a scenic lookout over the Humber Valley and downtown Toronto.
When you feel like enjoying a little outdoor exercise, head over to Eglinton Flats. Once a family farm owned by the Scarlett family in the mid 1800’s, Eglinton Flats is now the place to go for great recreation all year round. The park includes six soccer fields, four field hockey pitches, a rugby field, a football field, two cricket pitches and winterized tennis courts. There’s also a local community garden and playground, so there really is a little something for everyone there.
CENTENNIAL PARK CONSERVATORY
If you’re looking to connect with nature in the cooler months of the year, a short drive west of River- side will bring you to the Centennial Park Conservatory. This expansive greenhouse facility houses over 200 di erent varieties of tropical plants that bloom year-round including palms, crotons, hibiscus and orchids. There’s also a wonderful collection of cactus, as well as local trees and shrubs. The space is even home to several varieties of wildlife including goldfish, turtles and birds.
This unique piece of Canada’s heritage is dedicated to Canadians of Ukrainian origin that served in the Canadian Military. The Humber River runs through the centre of the park, and you can spend your days exploring an extensive trail system that runs in all directions. It’s perfect for hiking, cycling and picnicking. There’s also a playground for the kids!