Located about seven kilometres east of Harbourfront, the Spit is easily accessible by bicycle, on roller blades and even on foot (for enthusiastic hikers) via the Mark Goodman Trail (recently renamed the Waterfront Trail).
No other piece of land has attracted such passionate defenders, nor has any other piece of land had such a lengthy battle waged, simply to maintain it and allow it to grow as nature intended. [Photo by Gunda Chapman]
The Leslie Street Spit is a man-made peninsula (or “Spit”), which extends 5 kilometres into Lake Ontario from the base of Leslie Street, in Toronto’s East end. Over the years, the Spit has become a significant urban wilderness on Toronto’s shoreline.
The Spit, February 13, 2017. Photo by Mark Field.
No other piece of land has attracted such passionate defenders, nor has any other piece of land had such a lengthy battle waged, simply to maintain it and allow it to grow as nature intended. As Ashbridge’s Bay and Marsh were filled and that land taken forever from the public realm, the creation of the Leslie Street Spit and its subsequent naturalization has somewhat redressed the tremendous loss of the marsh.
Friends of the Spit is a non-partisan advocacy group, founded in 1977, to keep the Leslie Street Spit as a Public Urban Wilderness. Friends of the Spit work within the democratic process to ensure that the Leslie Street Spit remains a car-free environmental resource, entirely public and accessible at no cost.
A park for nature lovers!
A Public Urban Wilderness that is the habitat of hundreds of plants and birds. A car-free park…