Hone your game at these outdoor tennis courts in Toronto

You don’t have to be Roger Federer or Serena Williams to have a blast playing tennis. These 10 outdoor courts in Toronto are perfect for swinging a racquet with friends, whether your aim is to improve your skills or just have fun in the natural elements. Just remember that public courts are for sharing!

Trinity Bellwoods Park

1
155 Crawford St, Toronto, ON M6J 2V5

Whenever there’s decent weather (i.e. no hail or snow storms), parks are filled with active people, including tennis lovers. You won’t have to wait long to play at Trinity Bellwoods Park, which boasts four outdoor courts serving players of all skill levels practicing their serves and returns. The surroundings are prettiest in early spring when the cherry blossoms are in gorgeous bloom.

Riverdale Park West

2
375 Sumach St, Toronto, ON M4X 1V4

Some of the most beautiful parkland in all of Toronto, close proximity to the Don River Trail, easy access to the Don Valley Parkway and Broadview Station, and awesome coffee at the Rooster Coffee House nearby – the list of reasons to play tennis here is endless. Best of all, the seven outdoor courts are rarely fully occupied.

Toronto Islands

3
9 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2H3

To get away from Toronto without leaving the city limits, hop on board at the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal and make a day of it on the islands. You can choose from six courts but reserve some time to enjoy everything else the area has to offer as well. Ride a bike from Ward’s Island to Hanlan’s Point, have lunch at historic Gibraltar Point lighthouse and return to the courts for a final match while sunset ignites the city skyline.

High Park West Ravine Trails

4
1873 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6R 2Z3

The biggest park in Toronto features three tennis courts, Grenadier pond, and plenty of wildlife and gorgeous foliage for the most idyllic setting you can imagine. If you have to wait for your turn to play, grab an ice cream at the Grenadier Café, frolic with the dogs or take a little hike on the many trails.

The Boulevard Club

5
1491 Lake Shore Blvd W, Toronto, ON M6K 3C2

Since this club offers 10 outdoor courts, you’re privy to one of the lowest player-per-court ratios anywhere in town. Of course, you’re paying for the privilege – the Boulevard Club is private – but with that comes an array of other benefits and amenities. You can show up and play your own game or opt for professional instruction from certified coaches carefully paired with your skill level.

Kew Gardens Tennis Club

6
77 Kew Beach Ave, Toronto, ON M4L 1B8

From late in April to the end of October, you can enjoy playing tennis with an awesome view of Lake Ontario out of the corner of your eye. This not-for-profit club has been around since the ’60s, but they’ve put plenty of effort and money into renovating the clubhouse. You can choose between clay or hard courts, with lighting to keep you swinging into the night.

East York Tennis Club

7
115 Roosevelt Rd, Toronto, ON M4J 2P1

Just a couple of blocks south of Coxwell Ravine Park you’ll find five of the best-quality hard courts in East York. There are court fees but they’re reasonable as far as private locations go, and you get the perks of a clubhouse, nighttime lighting and gorgeous scenery. There’s ample parking on-site but it’s also accessible by public transit.

Ramsden Park

8
1020 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W 1P7

Once you see all the amenities at Ramsden Park – an off-leash dog area, baseball diamond, wading pool and two playgrounds – you might be hard-pressed to remember you came here to play tennis. But the sound of balls thwacking off racquets will soon bring your attention back to the game. The well-landscaped grounds are in an upscale neighbourhood, steps away from Rosedale station.

Cedarvale Park

9
443 Arlington Ave, Toronto, ON M6C 3A4

If you’re ever in the Bathurst and Eglinton area, enjoy one of the four tennis courts at Cedarvale Park. They’re maintained to one of the highest standards in the city, with nets and other fixtures worthy of a private club. Bring your dog along, too, because there’s an off-leash area for Fido that’s ideal for your post-match cool down.

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