Featured Parks

High Park

With over one million visitors annually, High Park is the jewel of Toronto’s park system. The park, over one-third of which remains in a natural state, is home to many species of wildlife, including birds, fish and animals. Recognized as one of the most significant natural sites within the City of Toronto, the park contains an outstanding concentration of rare plant species. The park offers many popular attractions as well as activities for visitors to enjoy.

This park features: Natural areas and walking trails, sports facilities, historic Hillside Gardens, Children's Garden, Grenadier Pond, High Park Zoo, Colborne Lodge, Trackless Train

They newly renovated Jamie Bell Playground is now open! Destroyed by fire on March 17th, 2012 the new castle is back bigger and better than before. Thanks to community volunteers and donors.

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To support the ongoing operation of High Park Zoo, you can donate through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation. All donations over $10 receive a charitable tax receipt.

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High Park is home to a large collection of Japanese cherry trees. Every spring when the weather warms up, these trees come into bloom. Their brilliant and graceful display of cherry blossoms ("sakura") draws visitors from across the city and beyond.  

Children's Garden

This organic education garden is home base to day camps, school programs and free community events. The garden features beds shaped in the letters ABC, a sandbox and rainwater collection barrels. For more information contact Keely Forth, 416-392-1329 or kidsgrow@toronto.ca.

Colborne Lodge

This rare Regency picturesque cottage is a graceful monument to John and Jemima Howard, the couple who founded High Park. John Howard, one of Toronto's first architects, as well as a City engineer and surveyor, built Colborne Lodge in 1837.

Grenadier Pond

One of the most picturesque areas in the park, Grenadier Pond attracts visitors year round. It is a favourite fishing spot; however be aware that there are no boats permitted on Grenadier Pond and anglers must have a current license and observe sport fishing regulations. Ice skating is also not permitted on the pond.

High Park Zoo

Located on Deer Pen Road, the High Park Zoo offers both domestic and exotic animals including bison, llamas, peacocks, deer, highland cattle and sheep. Please do not feed animals as they are on supervised diets! The zoo is open year round to visitors from 7:00 am to dusk.

Hillside Gardens

Waterfall through the gardenA collection of three beautiful and elaborate gardens on the west side of the park have been attracting gardening enthusiasts and amateur photographers since the 1950’s. There are three distinct areas: the Hillside Gardens, the Hanging Gardens, and the Sunken Gardens. Please note that there is no wedding photography allowed.

Trackless Train

This 30-minute scenic ride weaves through the park, picking up other passengers along the way. The train operates on a seasonable basis and tickets can be purchased from the train operator with one stop-over privilege.

Schedule: It runs April, September & October on weekends from 10:30 am to dusk, and runs from May to Labour Day on weekdays and weekends from 10:30 am to dusk (Operation is weather dependent).

Fare: Adults $4.50 per person, Children/Seniors (65+) $3.50 per person.

For further information or special group tours, please contact Carla Construction & Maintenance Ltd at
(416) 721-2012 or email.

Children's Gardening and Eco Programs Children love to garden and explore the outdoors! Believe it or not, Toronto has a growing population of budding organic gardeners and naturalists who are learning to hike our City's trails and plant, water, weed and harvest the fruits of their carefully cultivated vegetable plants. These children are excited to be outdoors, happy to be playing in the dirt and eating their vegetables! As many City staff delivering children's garden and eco programming can attest, kids are thrilled to munch on and consume many of the vegetables they've grown themselves, and they love to talk about the many creatures they encounter in nature. It's a source of pride for them and a source of healthy nutrition for their growing bodies.

Children's Gardening and Eco Programs At a time when childhood obesity has become a major public health concern, having children active on the trails, in the garden and eating fresh produce is an incredible opportunity to teach them how to stay fit and be healthy. And…they love it! Take a look at some of Toronto's future gardeners and naturalists: photo gallery

Gardening and Hiking are also great for kids because it:

  • Encourages self-esteem and pride – children can see the fruits of their labour
  • Helps them develop practical, hands-on skills and stirs their imagination
  • Allows them to form friendships as they work in groups
  • Gives them an opportunity to be outside and breathe fresh air

Want to know where your children can access these programs in Toronto? Take a look at the Children's Eco Programs and their fabulous new solar-powered Teaching Kitchen, as well as other children's garden and eco programming in City of Toronto recreation centres and parks:

 AddressContact
Camp Naorca (Nature Programming) 60 Blue Forest Drive 416-395-0150
Claireville Day Camp (Nature Programming) Highway 50 & Highway 7 416-394-8546
Don Montgomery CRC (Gardening) 2467 Eglinton Avenue East 416-396-4043
Edgehill House (Gardening)  61 Edgehill Road 416-392-2724
Ellesmere CC (Gardening) 20 Canadian Road 416-396-5536
Gord & Irene Risk CC (Garden and Nature Programming) 2650 Finch Ave. West 416-395-7953
Hilltop Community School/
Chapman Valley Park
 (Garden and Nature Programming)
35 Trehorne Drive 416-394-8701
Humriva Day Camp (Nature Programming) Humber River Valley 416-394-2747
James S. Bell CS/Long Branch Park (Gardening)  90 Thirty First Street 416-394-8707
Lawrence Heights CC (Gardening) 5 Replin Road 416-395-6120
Milliken Park CRC (Garden and Nature Programming) 4325 McCowan Road 416-396-7757
Oakdale CC (Gardening) 350 Grandravine Drive 416-395-0488

Power House RC/Colonel Samuel Smith Park (Garden & Nature Programming)

65 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive 416-338-1081
Riverdale Farm (Gardening) 201 Winchester Street 416-392-6794
St. Lawrence CRC/Princess Park Children’s Play Garden 230 The Esplanade 416-392-1347
Toronto Islands/Franklin Children’s Garden  Centre Island 416-392-8192

You can also use our map of Children's Gardens.


Can't find something near you? Contact your local recreation centre, and let them know you're interested in children's garden or eco programming. For more information on children's garden and eco programming through Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation, contact Keely Forth at kidsgrow@toronto.ca.

Walking Nature/Trails

Experience High Park on foot! The Spring Creek and West Ravine nature trails take you through the natural forest on clearly marked paths where you’ll see a variety of wildlife and native plants and trees. Walking tours are hosted on the High Park Citizen’s Advisory Committee

Cross Country Skiing

During the winter months, cross-country skiing is permitted anywhere in the park, however no trail grooming is provided.

Cycling

Cycling is permitted in High Park on paved roadways only.

Outdoor Artificial Ice Rink

The outdoor artificial ice rink is open during the winter months. It provides opportunity for pleasure skating, shinny hockey and permit groups.

Outdoor Swimming Pool

The outdoor swimming pool is open during summer months, mid-June to Labour Day.

Sport Fields and Permits

There are 3 baseball diamonds and 2 soccer fields located on the west-side of Colborne Lodge Drive.

Tennis Courts

There are 3 public courts located on the east-side of Colborne Lodge Drive and 3 public courts on the artificial ice rink surface opposite the outdoor swimming pool. The Howard Park Tennis Club on Parkside Drive offers private memberships and limited public hours. For more information please call 416-769-5600.

Picnic Areas & Permits

High Park offers 18 designated picnic areas for pre-booking. If you wish to have a picnic for 25 or more people, you are required to purchase a picnic permit. They can be booked on a first come, first served basis from 8:30am to 4:00pm, Monday to Friday, by calling 416-392-8188. No charcoal barbecues please!

Allotment Gardens

Garden plots are available for community members to plant vegetable and flowers. Permit rates

High Park Zoo

Located on Deer Pen Road, the High Park Zoo offers both domestic and exotic animals including bison, llamas, peacocks, deer, highland cattle and sheep. Please do not feed animals as they are on supervised diets! The zoo is open year round to visitors from 7:00 am to dusk.

Parking

Parking is available in designated parking areas only, at no charge. Parking between 1:00am and 6:00am is prohibited.

Washrooms

There are 7 public washrooms operated seasonally, including those available at the Grenadier Teahouse (1873 Bloor St. W) and Café.

  • Victoria Day to Thanksgiving: 8:00 am to dusk, all locations
  • Year-round: 8:00 am to dusk, The Chess House at the Bloor Street entrance and Parkside Drive & High Park Boulevard entrance. Washrooms also available at Grenadier Restaurant.

Projects/Initiatives

High Park is a City of Toronto landmark. To preserve its beauty and natural environment Toronto Parks and Recreation has proposed a series of restoration strategies. Partnering with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources significant steps have been taken to preserve oak woodlands, shoreline rehabilitation around Grenadier Pond, small scale prescribed burns and native plant production.

Toronto Parks and Recreation's Urban Forestry section plays a key role in the restoration of High Park, additional information can be found at Urban Forestry.