May 30, 2024 | Pickering

What Are the Best Parks in Pickering?

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Clients and colleagues often ask us, “What do you love most about living in Pickering?” It’s a tough question to answer, because there are so many incredible things about the city! 

The convenience of being close to Toronto without the crowds or traffic, the fantastic restaurants, and the non-stop excitement of our vibrant entertainment scene are all just the tip of the iceberg.

That said, if we had to narrow it down to one thing, it would have to be all of the scenic and breathtaking parks and green spaces everywhere. Like Toronto, Pickering is also located on the waterfront, where you’ll find some of the best scenery in the entire GTA. The abundance of trees, gardens, and wide open spaces often makes it easy to forget that we are located in one of the fastest-growing cities in Ontario! Though there are too many to name, here are just a few of our favourite outdoor paradises.

Seaton Walking Trail 

You may have noticed from some of our previous posts that Seaton is one of our favourite up-and-coming communities in Pickering. With 50% of its total acreage being dedicated to nature, it offers the perfect blend of convenience and scenery. 

The Seaton Trail is already a highlight for local residents. This lush path begins at 3rd Concession near Brock Road and goes for nearly 13 km all the way to Hwy 7 at Green River. During your trek, you’ll pass by bubbling creeks, green fields, seasonal wildflowers, and plenty of tall shade trees. You may even catch sightings of some local wildlife scurrying about.

If you walk the whole trail, you may work up an appetite. Fortunately, you’re also right near some of Pickering’s top restaurants, such as Chúuk Mexican Kitchen and Bar and Amici Trattoria.


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Beachfront Park 

What could be better than an afternoon with your family at the beach? At Beachfront Park in Pickering, a day in the sun has never been more enjoyable. Located on the northern shore of Lake Ontario, the park offers a great view of the wetlands, where you’ll often see herons, terns, and other birds taking flight. 

A playground is available for children aged 2 to 12, with swings, slides, a suspension bridge, and a splash pad to keep the little ones happily playing for hours. Older teens and adults also have a variety of recreational activities, including volleyball, or hiking or cycling along the boardwalk. In the summer, you and your family can splash and cool off at the sandy beach. 

Washrooms are available seasonally, and plenty of restaurants and shops await you on Liverpool Rd. Port on Wharf St Bay Ridges is just one example, where you’ll find great meals with an even better view. For food in an atmosphere that feels like summer, stop by The Beach Chip Truck. Alternatively, you can pack your own refreshment to enjoy at one of the many picnic tables and benches all along the boardwalk. 

Rotary Frenchman’s Bay West Park

Speaking of incredible waterfronts, Frenchman’s Bay Park is always worth a visit! This park features a massive sandy beach, a long pier leading out over Lake Ontario and a boardwalk that stretches along the shore. 

As you relax in the sun, build a sand castle, or plunge into the refreshing waves, you’ll quickly see why Rotary Frenchman’s Bay West Park is one of Pickering’s most cherished destinations, especially in the summer. When and if the hunger pangs arrive, Mr Delicious by the Beach is a great place to satisfy them, with outdoor seating, live music, and an expansive menu.

If the temperatures get cold enough, the Bay is also a fantastic spot for skating, whether you just want to glide around or engage in a heart-racing game of hockey. This is at least one thing you will look forward to as winter approaches!

Petticoat Creek Conservation Park 

Are you ready to take in some of the best views this side of southern Ontario? Petticoat Creek Conservation Park is part of the 730 km Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail. It includes a bridge over the creek where you can take in the sights of Lake Ontario. 

It’s a fantastic place to visit any season. Be sure to have your camera app ready, as wildlife sightings are almost a given. With plenty of shaded picnic areas, the park is ideal for family celebrations and gatherings. Wooded trails provide breathtaking scenery for walking and cycling. A playground and splash pad will keep children entertained for hours, and there’s even a swimming pool available for those hot summer days. Petticoat Creek Conservation Park also hosts various summer camps, which is a great way for school-aged children to meet new friends while spending time outdoors. 

While you’re on your way, you might as well stop for a bite at the Big Bite Grill. Hand crafted, slow cooked hamburgers and hot dogs are just what you need before or after a day of fun at the park!

Altona Forest

When you want to fully immerse yourself in nature, Altona Forest is your ultimate destination. Though the southwestern section is dedicated as a natural reserve, there are numerous footpaths and trails to explore. 

Before you go, you can download a guide with trail marker points to keep you on course. The peacefulness and tranquillity you’ll experience in Altona Forest is like nothing else in the city. 


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The Esplanade Park

The Esplanade Park is located just outside City Hall (and is also a short drive away from our office.) The park features expansive green spaces with plenty of foliage and benches where you can watch the world go by. 

Colourful gardens and foliage make a casual afternoon stroll a pleasure. Alternatively, you can pack a picnic lunch and relax the day away under a shade tree. The Esplanade Park is also the site of numerous events throughout the year, including the Pickering Food Truck Festival and the much-anticipated Winter Nights, City Lights tree lighting spectacular. 

The Esplanade Park is also proud to be the new location for Ribfest, Pickering’s largest festival by far. If you love a festive atmosphere while enjoying the company of your favourite people, this is one event you will not want to miss.

Do you want to know more about the many benefits of living in Pickering? Our Pickering real estate agents are happy to answer any questions! Reach out to info@teamrajpal.com or call 647-875-8000 to get in touch today.

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