Besides the Toronto Islands, which I wrote about last week, another great spot to explore some green space within the city’s concrete jungle is the Toronto Music Garden.
Fronting on the inner harbour area, the park’s layout is based on Bach’s First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello. Each dance movement within the suite corresponds to a section of the garden, which was designed in collaboration between landscape architect Julie Moir Messervy and acclaimed cellist Yo Yo Ma. Interestingly, its concept was originally intended for Boston but became a fixture on the Toronto Waterfront instead.
Between June and September each year, the park is host to a series of free classical music concerts, and tours guided by volunteers from the Toronto Botanical Garden. Otherwise, you can wander around on your own and smell the flowers in this serene pocket of downtown Toronto.