It’s summer and Toronto is heaving. Hot weather means a quick retreat to the coast where one can catch a cooling breeze or two off the water. While Toronto doesn’t have a sea coast, we do have a lake which is the next best thing. One of the gems by the lake is the Toronto Music Garden. Designed by a renowned landscape architect in collaboration with cellist Yo Yo Ma, the gardens in this public park may have been inspired by the music of Johann Sebastian Bach but for local residents, myself included and visitors alike it offers a calm, relaxing and easily accessible respite from the big city craziness (bikes, cars, crowds of tourists) beating right at its doorstep.
While this park is pretty low key and relaxing every day of the week, I especially love coming here on weekday mornings or late afternoons. It really is just you and the chirping birds (and an occasional dog walker or cyclist) at these times and you can sit on the grass, read a book or do some yoga in peace and quiet.
P.S. if you are a classical music fan, there is a program over the summer that sees live performances on Thursday and Sunday evenings from July to September. Full program can be found at Harbourfront Centre.