Toronto’s Franklin Children’s Garden for the Kids


Last year, I finally had the chance to visit Franklin Children’s Garden and I loved it! A a themed garden based on characters from “Franklin the Turtle” stories, a Canadian children’s classic.

To get to the Garden, you have to walk past Centreville Amusement Park and cross the bridge to go towards the fountains. To your right, you will eventually notice the cute splash pad (beyond the reflecting pool with fountains).

I suggest you walk by it and reach the lovely entrance to the Children’s Garden further west (promising the kids you’ll return to enjoy the water fun once you’ve explored the Garden).

The site is peppered with bronze statues of characters from Franklin the Turtle (Kids Can Press beloved books for 6 to 7-year-old readers). They’re part of the decor, enjoying the place as we do. Expect Franklin, Bear, Rabbit, a goose, a snail and a beaver.

In the summer months, the ferries to the island run pretty regularly or as they say, “think if it like rush hour”. In the off season, you can check the schedule in advance here.