Summer is all about laying down a gingham blanket and enjoying food under the breeze of a tree. There’s something magical packing up lunch, heading out and having a picnic, so indulge yourself in some magic this summer with the best picnic spots in Newmarket!
520 Water St, Newmarket
If the name is anything to go by, Fairy Lake is a destination that can’t be missed in Newmarket! The lake has a wonderful walking trail for some outdoor leisure and connects to the more expansive Tom Taylor trail, but the real treat is finding a spot to soak in a view of the lake. With trees for shade and ducks slowly treading the water, Fairy Lake offers a tranquil environment that rivals any spa.
For anyone looking to host a potluck, there’s plenty of greenspace for larger groups, playgrounds for children, as well as a pavilion for extra shelter. You can even make your meal while you’re there at the barbecue site!
George Richardson Park
Bayview Parkway, Newmarket
An relatively untouched 74 acres of greenspace with parks, soccer fields, and mature trees along the Holland River create this natural oasis. The large trees provide the perfect shelter for a picnic and the sound of the stream creates the perfect ambience for an escape from busy everyday life. The park is easily accessible from the Nokiidaa and Tom Taylor trails and is right across the street from the Global Pet Foods Dog Park!
Harvest Hills Park
Woodspring Avenue and Harvest Hills Boulevard
Spinning monkey bars and swings may be exciting, but they are the most regular elements of fun you’ll find at Harvest Hills Park. This park features a three-on-three basketball court, a soccer field, a splash pad, a caterpillar train ride for younger children, and a picnic shelter for your next day out!
All Our Kids (AOK) Park
Timothy Street and Doug Duncan Drive
Nestled right next to Main Street Newmarket and the entrance to the Tom Taylor Trail, kids can play and excavate dinosaur bones at All Our Kids Park, more commonly known as Dinosaur Park! This accessible park has something for everyone – a workout area, an intricate play structure, a sandpit with dinosaur bones, an open field for games, and a pavilion with tables for picnicking. The premium location next to walking trails, Main Street, and Fairy Lake are added bonuses.
While you’re at Main Street, you can even pick up your own picnic box from Wine on Main! Their boxes have some of their popular charcuterie picks and are available to order year round.