To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, 9 Canadian playground writers have created this list of 150 of the coolest playgrounds across Canada. We hope it inspires exploration of the parks in your area, road trips, and new ideas for future playground builds.
The playgrounds on this list cover a huge territory and include a wide variety of equipment. There are themed playgrounds, natural playgrounds, and accessible playgrounds. We cover big cities as well as small towns.
We had a very hard time narrowing this list down to just 150 – there are way more than 150 cool playgrounds in Canada. What playgrounds would you add?
Here are some of our VERY favourite Canadian playgrounds:
Carcross Commons – Carcross, YT
This beautiful and unique playground was was inspired by local history, Yukon landmarks, and First Nations creation stories.
Terra Nova Natural Play Environment – Richmond, BC
More than just a playground, this destination park strives to make city kids feel more connected to nature through the use of natural play materials, lots of space, trees, and other vegetation.
Broadmoor Lake Park – Sherwood Park, AB
This eye-catching playground beside Broadmoor Lake (near Edmonton) has something for everyone. There’s a huge slide, a climber shaped like a ship, a natural play area, and a ship-themed spray park.
Potash Corp Playland in Kinsmen Park – Saskatoon, SK
Located next to a mini fair, this playground features natural climbing features and a zipline, as well as a sand play area and interactive water play area.
Nature Playground in Assiniboine Park – Winnipeg, MB
This creative, sprawling, natural play area is designed to spark children’s imagination through active play and includes both a sand play area and an interactive water play area.
Mooney’s Bay Park – Ottawa, ON
Billed as Canada’s largest playground, Mooney’s Bay Park was featured on the TV show Giver and was designed to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday with areas of the playground showcasing each of Canada’s 10 provinces and 3 territories.
Baie de Beauport – Quebec City, QC
With a riverside location, this playground featuring Kompan equipment offers great views and lots of exciting climbing opportunities, as well as a nearby splash pad.
Highland Park – Salisbury, NB
This is a perfect all-season park with a natural playground, walking trails by the Petitcodiac River, a brand-new splash pad, traditional playground equipment, and lots of green space. It’s just 7 kms off the Trans Canada Highway outside Moncton.
Eliot River Dream Park – Cornwall, PEI
This distinctive 10,000 square foot wooden playground is wheelchair accessible, and it will make kids feel like they are exploring a castle.
Dewolf Playground – Bedford, NS
A perfect playground for the preschool set, this nautical-themed playground offers accessible flooring, a large sunshade, and even a working periscope.
Bannerman Park – St. John’s, NL
Newfoundland’s first public park has been newly renovated with a large accessible playground that will appeal to kids of all ages. The park also offers a loop skating rink in the winter and a spray park in the summer.
Cadboro-Gyro Park – Victoria, BC
Watch out for sea monsters at this popular waterfront playground. The playground has been recently revitalized but you can still find the iconic sea creatures.
Queenston Park – Coquitlam, BC
This eye-catching playground is set into a hill providing a very unique play experience.
Riverside Park: Kamloops, BC
Located near downtown right along the river, this accessible playground boasts a huge web climber, a nearby water park, and music in the park on summer nights.
Marnevic Memorial Park – Fox Creek, AB
This playground’s heavy duty construction equipment theme can be seen throughout, from the large pieces all the way down to the activity panels.
Sandra Schmirler Play Space – Regina, SK
With a large castle-themed playground, toddler-sized treehouse climber, and a wonderful nearby spray pad, kids are sure to be impressed.
Variety Heritage Adventure Park – Winnipeg, MB
Located right outside The Forks National historic site, this playground provides a dramatic backdrop for kids to experience local history through creative and imaginative play.
Baycliffe Park – Whitby, ON
Your kids will love racing down the two story tunnel slides at this rocket-themed playground. The park also features a nearby splash pad and BMX pathway.
Dufferin Grove – Toronto, ON
One of the best adventure playgrounds in Canada, in addition to a variety of traditional equipment, this shady playground features a huge sand pit with a working tap, right in the middle of Toronto.
Exhibition Park Playground – Guelph, ON
This natural playground uses wood extensively to create a huge variety of challenging playground features. It also has a sand play area and water pump.
Grange Park (AGO Playground) – Toronto, ON
The sculptural play structures at this brand new imaginative playground, near the Art Gallery of Ontario, represent elements of an artist’s studio. (Opening July 8th)
Rotary Club Pirate Ship Playground – Belleville, ON
This huge wooden pirate ship themed playground provides a delightful backdrop for imaginative play.
Springbank Park – London, ON
You could spend all day at this huge London park which features a colourful accessible playground, sandbox area, and wading pool.
Nathan Shuster Park – Montréal, QC
This park will test your balance and bravery! A rope, log, and, boulder obstacle course circles part of the playground, while a zipline will fling you towards the finish line.