I flew out mine at my local golf club with no issues (recreationally), as I had permissions. Not allot of people are that fortunate. Gone are the days of just throwing a drone in the sky.
Furthermore, due to there being several airports in the GTAA flying with out an SFOC becomes an issue (As you can't). I would like to note during your SFOC Transport Canada requires you to provide the permission you get from the property owner to fly. I would start asking myself these questions if I were you: 1) If I can't fly at parks where can I fly? 2) If Toronto has so many airports where can I fly? 3) If I have to get a property owners permission, what is the purpose of my drone activity? 4) If I am going through all of this hassle: a) I can't fly near an airport (without any chance) b) I need property owners permissions. Why not increase just get an SFOC. 5) Lastly if I can't fly near airports, or if I can't with out permissions (the owner denies it) Where can I fly? Let's do our own deducing here....... 6) If an SFOC slightly increases my odds of getting approval to fly within a control zone (although slightly), why not do it?
Here are some airports in the GTA:
Billy Bishop (Island Airport)
As for your example I have a house near London airport CYXU . Seeing that I wanted to fly my drone for rec purposes I couldn't do so. Nevertheless, once I obtained my SFOC I was able to fly within the control zone and shoot video for my family. In regards to having issues with ATC, I never had an issue. Yes the approvals (flying in the control zone) are subject to ATC approval, but if you have a great track record (chances are?). Anyways enough talking for me. Pleasure meeting you all, stay safe and happy drone flying.
If your purpose is to fly recreationally, and you don't want to put in the work of knocking on a few farmers doors (to get permission). then your best friend is the local MAC club. Or if you have a nice big cottage take your drone there ( or if you know a friend with one), the same applies to a rural area if know a friend with a house near a rural area (not near airports like the GTA).