On Toronto waterfront, there is a park with
a difference for nature lovers!
A Public Urban Wilderness that is the habitat
of hundreds of plants and birds. An informal,
unmanicured, car-free park where you can
birdwatch, walk, cycle, look at wildflowers,
push your baby's pram, roller bade, landscape
paint, take photographs...or do just nothing.
North America's most remarkable public urban
The Leslie Street Spit is North America's
most remarkable public urban wilderness. It is a
5-kilometre long peninsula, built by lakefilling,
that juts into Lake Ontario close to downtown
Toronto. Started 40 years ago, it was intended
to be a breakwater for harbour expansion, which
was not needed due to a decrease in lake
Friends of the Spit is a non-partisan
advocacy group, founded in 1977, to keep the
Leslie Street Spit as a Public Urban Wilderness.
Friends of the Spit work within the democratic
process to ensure that the Leslie Street Spit
remains a car-free environmental resource,
entirely public and accessible at no cost.