Tobogganing in Toronto

Winter

Two people walking up a snowy hill in pink winter jackets and snow pants toboggans in hand

Photo Credit: Lan Gao

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by Oxygen and Fire

Any hill near me used to be game for tobogganing while growing up.

It's definitely a Canadian 'right of passage', if you will, but times have changed.

The City of Toronto has banned certain hills but the good news is that there are still a lot left to toboggan and ultimately have lots of fun on.

For full List of Tobogganing Hills:

Sure, there are many to choose from, but nothing quite beats skylines like our favourite toboggoning hill not to mention the amount of space available for everyone to participate.

Tobogganing is usually associated as an activity only done by children, but says who!

There's a lot of fun to be had and it's a great date idea and / or activity to do with friends that's on the reasonable price range side.

person wearing a green parka in the winter weather

Photo Credit: Caspar Camille Rubin

One of the members of our team was really resistant to try it mainly for a couple of reasons:

  • They didn't have the right winter jacket
  • The activity seemed like it was only for children, according to their perception.
  • Let's just say that after getting the proper winter gear and trying it out once, it's become an annual tradition!

    Another thing you'll need to come prepared with is your own toboggan.

    Unfortunately, it's not something you can rent, although that is a great startup idea.

    Toboggans We Tried

    Our first time tobogganing was with a magic carpet toboggan.

    Not knowing if we'd like the activity, we didn't want to spend much on it, nor did we want to dedicate a lot of storage space to it.

    What drew us to the magic carpet toboggan was how compact and portable it is as well as its price.

    While those are definite pros, it didn't work out for us as our feet would get caught in the snow and it wouldn't distribute our weight so we would end up sinking and not moving very far.

    To be fair, the sinking part could be attributed to the snow being a little powdery, but we were comparing our experience to others who were going down the hill with other types of toboggans.

    person holding two toboggans in blue and pink

    Photo Credit: SKINT

    On our second attempt and the one we ended up settling on, since we didn't want to spend much on a toboggan, was a standard sled.

    It sure does go downhill fast and the experience is exhilarating.

    The speed makes you focus on steering to avoid colliding into anyone but during the ride, there are brief moments of peace as you soak in the scenery and beauty.

    Definitely try our favourite tobogganing hill during sunset - it's so pretty and is one of our favourite sunset locations in Toronto.

    Similar to a slow-motion scene in a movie or TV show, these peaceful sparse moments juxtaposed with the thrill of the activity are what stand out most for us.

    We used our hands similar to oars/paddles on a kayak to steer and noted a couple of unspoken 'rules' worth mentioning.

    When at the bottom of the hill, make sure to be situationally aware as others may be coming down headed straight in your direction.

    person riding a wooden sled / toboggan down a hill with a person lying down at the bottom - possible crash

    Photo Credit: Jakob Rosen

    Avoiding a Crash is Key

    We've witnessed a few and some people have been badly hurt with injuries such as concussions.

    Undoubtedly, that's the reason for the ban of tobogganing down certain hills.

    Being situationally aware also applies to going down the hill on the toboggan as well as walking back up the hill for your next ride - others may not have gotten the hang of their toboggan.

    Double check for signage that says tobogganing is or is not allowed and follow the instructions on the signs.

    We've even seen people snowboard down our favourite tobogganing hill - Riverdale Park East!

    We don't recommend doing this because you could get fined and it's just best to keep everyone safe.

    person trying to ride a board like a snowboard down a snowy hill

    Photo Credit: Markus Spiske

    Best thing to do is hit a ski resort like Blue Mountain if you want to ski or snowboard.

    You can get there by bus - details in our article.

    If you'd rather stick to the city, you can ski and / or snowboard in Toronto, too!

    More safety tips are available on the City of Toronto website.

    Make sure to double check it in case any of the hills been closed off to tobogganing due to unsafe conditions.

    If you're tired of tobogganing, there's a little skating rink next to the hill, we like skating at.

    Right next to the skating rink is a building where there are washrooms and lockers for your convenience.

    For more skating rinks to visit outside of the usual ones, check out our: Skating in Toronto article

    After all of these winter activities, you might want to warm up and grab a bite to eat.

    What's nice is there's a coffee shop right across the street of Broadview Avenue or if you'd rather go up to the Danforth, there are many options there.

    Enjoy!

    people tobogganning down a snoy hill

    Photo Credit: Alex Ramon

    Full List of Tobogganing Hills

    Adams Park

    2 Rozell Rd.

    Scarborough, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Bickford Park

    400 Grace St.

    Toronto, ON

    3 Tobogganing Hills

    Birchmount Park

    95 Birchmount Rd.

    Scarborough, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Bridlewood Park

    445 Huntingwood Dr.

    Scarborough, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Burnett Park

    352 Burnett Ave.

    North York, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Byng Park

    299 Pharmacy Ave.

    Scarborough, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Cedarvale Park

    443 Arlington Ave.

    York, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Centennial Park (Etobicoke)

    165 Centennial Park Blvd.

    Toronto, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Charlottetown Park

    65 Charlottetown Blvd.

    Scarborough, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Cornell Park

    18 Beran Dr.

    Scarborough, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Fairmount Park

    1725 Gerrard St. E.

    Toronto, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Glendora Park

    201 Glendora Ave.

    North York, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Glen Stewart Park

    351 Glen Manor Dr.

    Toronto, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Graydon Hall Park

    215 Graydon Hall Dr.

    North York, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Greenwood Park

    150 Greenwood Ave.

    Toronto, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    L'Amoreaux Sports Complex

    100 Silver Springs Blvd.

    Scarborough, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Linus Park

    125 Seneca Hill Dr.

    North York, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Milliken Park

    4325 McCowan Rd.

    Scarborough, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Murison Park

    99 Murison Blvd.

    Scarborough, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    North Bendale Park

    40 Erinlea Cres.

    Scarborough, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Riverdale Park East

    550 Broadview Ave.

    Toronto, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Riverdale Park West

    375 Sumach St.

    Toronto, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Seneca Hill Park

    620 Seneca Hill Dr.

    North York, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Thomson Memorial Park

    1005 Brimley Rd.

    Scarborough, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Weston Lions Park

    2125 Lawrence Ave. W.

    Toronto, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Willesden Park

    88 Willesden Rd.

    North York, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill

    Withrow Park

    725 Logan Ave.

    Toronto, ON

    1 Tobogganing Hill


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