Instead of going into hibernation the next time the city is hit with an icy blast of snow, bundle up, grab your sled or inner tube and head for the hills.
Whether you’re after a slow crawl down a beginner hill or would rather speed down a slippery slope, you won’t have to go far to find a great tobogganing spot in your neighbourhood.
Riverdale Park East and West
550 Broadview Ave./375 Sumach St.
Featuring not one but two epic hills connected by a bridge, Riverdale Park is known to be the premiere spot in the city to get your slide on. The east side offers unobstructed views of the Toronto skyline and a slope that is both wide and steep, while the west may be more suited for a younger crowd, with a gentler hill, ideal for novice riders.
Bickford Park & Christie Pits
400 Grace St. & 750 Bloor St. W.
Offering three different hills for every skill level, Christie Pits Park is conveniently located across from the Christie subway station, or head over to adjoining Bickford Park, which is a great choice for parents with smaller children who don’t quite feel the need for speed just yet.
Howard Park Ave. and Parkside Dr.
You would think from the sheer size of this park alone (399 acres!) High Park would be teeming with sledding galore. Sadly, tobogganing has been banned in most of the park save for one perfect hill located at Howard Park and Parkside Drive which (just like the rest of the park) is a popular spot, so plan to arrive early.
725 Logan Ave.
Located in the east end just south of Danforth between Logan and Carlaw Avenues, the medium-sized hill at Withrow Park is both steep and short, which makes it suitable for tobogganers of all ages. Don’t forget to bring your skates, as the park also boasts an outdoor rink so you can get all your winter sporting done in one location.
256 Centennial Park Rd.
When the snow starts to fall, sledding fanatics head to this massive park located in northwest Toronto. The hill features a super steep incline for hard-core thrill-seekers, so it’s probably a good idea to leave the kiddos at home.
2 Rozell Rd.
Great ready to barrel down one of the many picture-perfect snowy hills at this Scarborough park. Located near Port Union and the 401, younger sledders will enjoy the picnic area and playground and for the more adventurous, the hill is lit each night until 10:30 pm.
790 Queen St. W.
Location, location! While the slopes at Trinity Bellwoods are geared towards newbies and the faint of heart, there’s no better feeling than whizzing down a hill nestled in the heart of the city. Shallow and wide, this popular destination is a gentler alternative if you don’t mind sharing the slope with a crowd.