Marilyn Bell Park next to Toronto's waterfront comes with an unreal view of the lake
Located just west of Ontario Place, Marilyn Bell Park is a picturesque natural area in the heart of Toronto's western beaches.
Part of a long chain of parks along the waterfront, it includes a small section of the Martin Goodman Waterfront Trail and plenty of views of the Lake.
The 14-foot (4.5-metre) wide two-lane paved trail, which runs along the northern edge of the park beside Lake Shore Boulevard, is primarily used by bikers and joggers.
The by-pass trail stretches about 810 metres through the park before traversing the rest of Toronto's lakefront for another 56 kilometres or so.
The second pathway that follows a bit closer to the Lake is perfect for those who are out for a stroll and looking to take in the views of the water.
It's about as close to the Lake as you can get. You might even be able to spot the escarpment across the water on a clear day.
There is a lookout platform and plenty of coloured deck chairs for your viewing pleasure.
The park is actually named after a local Toronto girl, Marilyn Bell who was the first person to swim across Lake Ontario when she was just 16 years old.
She made the 52-kilometre swim in under 21 hours and the park was dedicated to her on the 30th anniversary of her swim in 1984.
Besides the pretty lakefront views, the natural area is covered in large and full trees which provide a whole lot of shade in the warmer months.
The park is also one of the six disc golf locations in Toronto. The nine-hole course can be used year-round, you just have to bring your own equipment.
Whereas heading westwards will lead you to Sunnyside Park and Beach. This is also where you can access a footbridge that leads across the Gardiner Expressway off Dowling Avenue.
Make sure to respect the park during your visit by picking up your trash to leave the area just as beautiful as you found it.
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