Centennial Park stands out as one one the best and greenest areas in the suburban area of Etobicoke.
You might have caught wind of it during the renowned annual Ribfest, but trust us, there’s a whole lot more waiting for you to discover in this fantastic park!
If you’re unsure where to start, don’t fret. We’ve put together the ultimate guide that has everything you need to know before you visit Centennial Park.
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Best Time to Go
The best time to visit Centennial Park depends on what you’re planning to do. If you want to see the gardens in full bloom, visit during the spring months (March to May).
Summer months (June to August) are the most popular time to visit Centennial Park, as the weather is warm and sunny. There are also several special events happening in the park during this time such as concerts and festivals.
If you prefer mild weather, visit during the fall (September to November). This is also a beautiful time to watch the leaves change colours.
And, if you want to witness Centennial Park transform into a winter wonderland, visit from December to February. The park also hosts a number of winter events, such as Christmas carolling and ice skating.
Things to Know
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Where is Centennial Park?
Centennial Park is situated at the northwestern corner of Etobicoke, near the intersection of Etobicoke Creek and Eglinton Avenue West.
Here’s the map of the surrounding area:
How to Get There
By public transit:
Centennial Park is accessible by taking the TTC 504 streetcar to the Etobicoke Civic Centre stop. The park is a short walk from the station.
If you’re driving, take the Gardiner Expressway west to the Humber River Bridge exit.
Turn right onto Humber River Drive and follow it north for about 2 kilometres.
Then, turn left onto Eglinton Avenue West and follow it west for about 2 kilometres.
You’ll find Centennial Park on your left.
What to do in Centennial Park
Explore the Conservatory
One of the main features of Centennial Park that you definitely shouldn’t miss is its Conservatory complex, which consists of a large tropical house and two smaller wing houses originally used for plant production.
Inside the main greenhouse, you’ll find 200 types of tropical plants that bloom year-round including palms, crotons, gingers, hibiscus, orchids, and bromeliads. There are even fruit trees like bananas and papayas.
The two wing houses were also eventually converted into an arid house, featuring a large display of unusual cacti and succulents; and a seasonal house with specialty displays that change with the seasons.
Get active at the Stadium
The Park also boasts a 2,200-seat multipurpose sports venue. This stadium, which has been standing strong since 1975, proudly hosted some unforgettable moments during the 1976 Summer Paralympics, including the closing ceremony.
If you’re a fan of staying active, this place is perfect for a refreshing run, especially if you’re in training. The stadium is also a popular spot for track and field meets.
Holding sports events here is allowed but must be supported by a valid permit. And if breaking a sweat isn’t your thing, you can always kick back and enjoy watching the Toronto Lynx soccer clubs in action.
Tee off at the Golf Centre
Another popular spot at Centennial Park is the golf centre. The venue is home to a fantastic 27-hole executive-length golf course and a top-notch driving range, complete with 34 stalls for perfecting your swing and mastering every club in your bag.
At the heart of the Centennial Park Golf Centre are three unique 9-hole executive courses, meticulously designed to not only challenge your golfing skills but also treat you to scenic views.
If you’re in the mood for a more laid-back golfing adventure, you can try out their 18-hole mini-golf course for a delightful blend of challenge and amusement.
Enjoy a picnic
Centennial Park is the ultimate chill-out spot, and there’s no better way to enjoy it than with a well-prepared feast! With eight picnic sites and five picnic shelters to choose from, the options are endless.
Picnic Area 8, located near the wading pool, is perfect for big gatherings. You’ll find plenty of space and barbecue pits for a fun outdoor cooking experience. But, if you’re seeking a more secluded spot that has access to walking trails, check out Picnic Area 7.
And, if a picnic with a view is more your style, head to Picnic Area 6. With its perch overlooking the sports fields, it provides a stunning panorama of the lush surroundings of the park.
Let the kids run around at the playground
Planning a nature getaway with the whole family? Don’t fret–the park warmly welcomes families with young children, offering a playground paradise with four thoughtfully designed areas catering to various ages and abilities.
But that’s not all—they also have a splash pad, perfect for the kiddos to cool off on those scorching summer days. It’s a surefire way to add a splash of fun to your outdoor escapade, don’t you think?
And for the young thrill-seekers, get ready for excitement at the Pan Am BMX Centre. Boasting a compact, closed-loop design filled with challenging jumps, it features four straightaways, three banked turns, and not one, but two start ramps!
Take a walk or bike ride through the park
Whether you prefer a calm walk, an exciting bike ride, or even just a moment of peace, Centennial Park is the perfect spot for a quick escape from life’s hustle and bustle.
If biking is your thing, Centennial Park has well-kept trails, like the Martin Goodman Trail along the Humber River, which offers stunning views of the tranquil waters and the lush greenery lining its banks.
And, for a more relaxed vibe, you can stroll along the park’s well-maintained paths, with each turn revealing a new cool spot to explore: a calm pond, colourful wildflowers, or shady oak trees.
Where to stay near Centennial Park
Homewood Suites by Hilton
Address: 5515 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M9C 5K5, Canada
Homewood Suites is literally steps away from Centennial Park, so it’s not much of a challenge to look for an affordable and comfortable place to stay nearby. Plus, it’s conveniently close to Toronto Pearson International Airport and the International Centre.
As part of the Hilton chain of hotels, you can expect nothing less than a snug and inviting atmosphere. Homewood Suites goes the extra mile with spacious suites equipped with everything you need, including fully stocked kitchens.
You can also start your day right with a complimentary hot breakfast, stay active at the fitness centre, take a refreshing dip in the pool, and enjoy the added convenience of a free airport shuttle.
Hilton Garden Inn
Address: 1870 Matheson Blvd, Mississauga, ON L4W 0B3, Canada
Phone: +1 905-361-6300
Another great option is the Hilton Garden Inn, also under the Hilton group of hotels and just around the corner of Centennial Park.
They’re about seven miles from Square One Shopping Centre and nine miles from Toronto Pearson International Airport, making it perfect for visitors. What we really appreciate about this hotel is their commitment to ensuring guests feel right at home.
Here, you can enjoy spacious rooms, a complimentary breakfast, WiFi, a fitness centre, a business centre, and an inviting indoor pool. They also have an in-house restaurant that serves continental dishes, specialising in steak and pasta.
Address: 5400 Dixie Rd, Mississauga, ON L4W 4T4, Canada
Phone: +1 905-238-0159
Sandman Signature is a contemporary hotel with 256 well-appointed guest rooms and suites, each designed with a modern and inviting aesthetic. The best part is they’re pet-friendly, so your furry friends are more than welcome!
Conveniently located just a short drive from the park and Toronto Pearson International Airport, Sandman Signature also puts you in proximity to Square One, The Rec Room, Cineplex Cinemas, and Living Arts Centre for some entertainment options.
Here, guests can enjoy high-speed Wi-Fi, round-the-clock access to the business centre, a fitness centre, and a relaxing indoor pool. When hunger strikes, you’re covered with a 24-hour Denny’s and the inviting Lobby The Lounge for casual dining and drinks.
Best Western Plus Travel Hotel
Address: 5503 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M9C 5K5, Canada
Phone: +1 416-620-1234
Best Western Plus Travel Hotel is a popular choice for travellers because of its convenient location near the Toronto Pearson International Airport, and its budget-friendly rates. Because who says comfort has to break the bank?
Their rooms are homey and are equipped with a flat-screen TV, high-speed Wi-Fi, a coffee maker, a refrigerator, and a microwave, making them ideal for long stays. And don’t forget to start your day with a complimentary breakfast every morning.
Just a friendly heads-up: Best Western Plus Travel Hotel is a no-smoking hotel.
Courtyard by Marriott
Address: 5050 Creekbank Rd, Mississauga, ON L4W 5R2, Canada
Phone: +1 905-625-3555
Courtyard by Marriott is part of Marriott International, Inc.’s brand of hotels. While it may not be on the A-list of luxury, Courtyard prides itself on being your cosy home away from home, equipped with everything you need for a delightful stay.
They have an in-house gym, an inviting indoor pool, a convenient meeting place for businessmen, and handy laundry services. For the little ones (and the young at heart), there’s even a whirlpool to add an extra splash of fun to your stay.
Courtyard also boasts The Bistro, serving up refreshing breakfast choices in the morning and a diverse array of dinner options, complete with beer and wine selections, in the evening. They also serve specialty drinks made with Starbucks coffee, too!
Where to eat near Centennial Park
Union Social Eatery
Address: 5042 Satellite Dr Unit F1, Mississauga, ON L4W 0E3, Canada
Phone: +1 905-282-1235
Union Social Eatery, or the U.S.E., affectionately known as the U.S.E. by locals, is your go-to premium casual dining and socialising spot just a short drive from Centennial Park.
Aside from the restaurant’s lively and inviting atmosphere, this spot is known for a menu of upscale casual fare, with dishes that are not just creative but downright delicious. Some absolute must-tries include their Steak Frites and the Epic Cheeseburger.
Their bar is also stocked with a variety of draft beers, hard seltzers, cocktails, wines, and sparkling options. And for those with dietary considerations, fear not: U.S.E. caters to all with ciders, gluten-free drinks, and even non-alcoholic beers.
Address: 5023 Spectrum Way, Mississauga, ON L4W 0E3, Canada
Phone: +1 905-206-5554
If you’re looking for something flavourful, head to CheeZaatar. This Lebanese restaurant was born from a son’s deep longing for his mom’s authentic cooking, so you know it’s the real deal.
CheeZaatar is known for its famous manakish, hummus, and traditional dishes. Our personal favourites are their Musabaha and their Twisted Shawarma specialty flatbread.
The Irish Shebeen
Address: 5555 Eglinton Ave W, Etobicoke, ON M9C 5M1, Canada
Phone: +1 416-695-9178
For a dose of Irish charm and good times, swing by The Irish Shebeen – it’s the spot to soak in some Irish tunes and easygoing vibes. This lively tavern dishes out casual pub eats with a welcoming flair.
Named after the traditional Irish pub, or “Shebeen,” known for being a social hub, this place lives up to its name. It’s all about creating a cosy haven where folks can kick back, savour hearty meals, and soak in the lively atmosphere.
Their Philly Cheesesteak, Shebeen Burger, and the Giant’s Causeway Nachos are personal favourites–perfect for sharing with your crew. And when the craving hits for a satisfying feast, their Chicken Tenders and Chips hit the spot.
Address: 5555 Eglinton Ave W, Etobicoke, ON M9C 5M1, Canada
Phone: +1 416-622-2000
Meet FiAMMA Ristorante, the Italian gem that’s as fiery as its name suggests. “FiAMMA” means flame in Italian, a perfect ode to the passion and dedication that sizzle in every dish.
Guided by the culinary wizardry of Executive Chef Mario Machione, FiAMMA Ristorante promises more than just a meal; it’s a journey through the flavours of Puglia Region, blending traditional and contemporary Italian cuisine.
Their Linguine alla Pescatore and the tempting Vitello o Pollo alla Parmigiana are our top picks, showcasing the soulful essence of Italian cooking.
Chainsmoker Urban Halal Barbecue
Address: 5555 Eglinton Ave W Unit E112, Etobicoke, ON M9C 5M1, Canada
Phone: +1 416-621-6275
Chainsmoker Urban Halal Barbecue is the go-to spot for authentic Halal BBQ cuisine in the Greater Toronto Area including one location in Etobicoke, just a few minutes away from Centennial Park.
They’re known for their mouthwatering smoked meats, succulent chicken dishes, and signature BBQ sauces. Ready for our ride-or-die menu picks?
We love their smoked brisket on a bun, smoked chicken cheese fries, and beef short rib.