As we mentioned earlier, this week we are dedicating our blogs to the outdoors. The outdoors play a vital role in physiotherapy as many of our patients undergo tailored exercise routines which involve jogging, stretching, balancing and more. For example, if you suffered a sprained ankle while playing soccer then eventually, a doctor will suggest light outdoor activities to restore function to the ankle. If you suffer from chronic knee pain, then walking outdoors with a custom knee brace may be the proper treatment. Today, we review some of the best Picnic sites in Ontario, which is great for physical activity, food, and of course family fun.
Kelso Conservation Park
Located in Halton Region is Kelso Park, a beautiful conservation area which surrounds Kelso Lake. What’s spectacular about this area is the fact that you can hike trails, bird watch, climb rocks, fish, or have a picnic in the sun. Kelso Park has 17 dedicated picnic spots complete with well maintained fields for soccer, frisbee, baseball and more. Most of these spots are on a first come, first serve basis, however if you’re anticipating a big party, you may reserve them for as low as $40. If you’re looking to host a family picnic or just spend a day, stretching in the sun, then Kelso Park in Halton Region is the place to be.
Toronto Island Beaches
If you live in the city and you’re seeking a convenient picnic location then we suggest checking out the Toronto Island Beaches. Hanlan’s Point Beach, Centre Island Beach and Ward Island are all great locations for a picnic with spectacular views of the Toronto skyline. For those who aren’t professionals on the grill, there are plenty of cafes and restaurants which are great for a neat romantic getaway. The Toronto Island Beaches, which is also the site of the Toronto Triathlon is a great place to get active with plenty of areas for sporting activities.
Arguably the best park in Toronto, High Park is great for physical therapy because there are endless hills which may be utilized for strength training. Outside of the hills, bike trails, parks and more, High Park is home to a summer theatrical play, Zoo, and 18 Picnic Sites. Come out to one of the largest parks in Toronto if you’re looking for light exercise and fun in the sun. Remember, if you’re planning a massive picnic for 25+ people, then you will need a permit which costs $84.63.
Boyd Conservation Area
For those looking to get away from the city then we recommend checking out the Boyd Conservation Area located in Vaughan. Just a short distance from Toronto, the Boyd Conservation Area is great for bird watching or those who love sports. With multiple sports fields, this park is great for those looking to rehabilitate sports injuries with light exercises. If you’re looking for a challenging activity then you should check out one of the multiple hiking trails. With 17 dedicated picnic sites, this Vaughan park makes our list for one of the best places to have a picnic in Ontario.
Trinity Bellwoods Park
We couldn’t forget to include one of the coolest parks in the city: Trinity Bellwoods Park. Located in the neighbourhood Vogue Magazine once dubbed the “second coolest neighbourhood in the world,” this West Queen West park is great for those who want to have a picnic with amenities. Grab a meal at one of the several dozen restaurants located in the area and find a nice spot to relax and bask in the sun.
If you’re currently rehabilitating an injury and would like treatment or maybe you’re seeking advice for managing chronic pain then we recommend visiting a HealthMax Physiotherapy Clinic or calling (416) 431-4000. Our trained staff has years of experience treating injuries stemming from sports to motor vehicle accidents. Visit us today and remember that consultations are free!.
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