Leisure Spaces

Zoo & Animal Attractions

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A great way to spend the day

Toronto's parks are home to unique and wonderful animal attractions that are open year round. Each offers a distinctive setting in which to experience, appreciate and learn about animals. From heritage cattle to animals from around the world, there is something for everyone to enjoy!

  • The High Park Zoo is open every day from 7am to dusk. Admission is free.
  • Riverdale Farm is open every day from 9am to 5pm. Admission is free.
  • Far Enough Farm is open every day from 8am - 4pm. Admission is free.

High Park Zoo

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High Park Zoo

In 1873, Toronto architect and surveyor John George Howard and his wife Jemima Frances Meikle gave their home (Colborne Lodge) and its 165 acre grounds (High Park) to the City of Toronto for use as a public park.

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Meet the Animals

The High Park Zoo is home to over 45 animals that represent 11 different species of mammals and birds.

Snow covered Bison

Things to See and Do

The animals are out regularly, meeting and engaging with visitors regardless of the weather. You can also observe and meet our zookeepers as they feed and care for the animals.

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High Park Zoo Stories

Personal stories make local history come alive. A 2003 High Park Oral History Project done by Colborne Lodge of Toronto Cultural Services, in co-operation with students and staff at Parkdale Collegiate Institute, captured some great memories about the High Park Zoo.

Animal Attractions

Riverdale Park

Riverdale Farm

Riverdale Farm has buildings, livestock, gardens and natural surroundings that reflect a typical, small Ontario farm of the late 19th to early 20th century.

Far Enough Farm

Far Enough Farm

Meet ponies, rabbits, sheep, chickens, and other barnyard creatures at this year-round hobby farm and petting zoo. A traditional Centre Island attraction, the farm is fun for people of all ages.