Featured Parks

High Park

View of High Park

This large, centrally located park is a jewel in Toronto’s park system. High Park combines extensive natural areas with maintained parkland, recreational facilities and popular attractions for a unique urban park experience that can be enjoyed year-round. Recognized as one of the most significant natural sites within the City of Toronto, over one-third of the park remains in a natural state. High Park is home to many species of wildlife and contains an outstanding concentration of rare plant species.

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

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Cherry Blossoms Bloom in High ParkCherry Blossoms

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 ProgramsLittle fingers in the soil, little feet on the trail, little tummies in the kitchen

The Children's Eco Programs provide fun, hands-on opportunities for children and youth to discover the hidden wonders and importance of Toronto's parks and gardens, while cultivating physical, ecological and community health.

We offer curriculum-based garden and nature spring/fall programs and feature eco camps, garden drop-ins, cooking programs and a host of other innovative and unique environmental programs year-round in High Park, the Children's Garden and Teaching Kitchen and along 7 of Toronto's Discovery Walk trails. These action-packed, hands-on programs help children and youth connect with the wonders of nature right at their doorsteps.

For more information contact Keely Forth, 416-392-1329 or kidsgrow@toronto.ca or check out our web site http://childrensecoprograms.ca/

Children's Gardening and Eco ProgramsPlant a seed, grow a gardener, hike a trail, emerge a naturalist

The Children's Eco Programs staff are honoured to be able to offer program support and staff training to a number of City of Toronto community and recreation centres across Toronto. They too are bringing children and youth into City parks to learn, breathe and feel nature, and taste the fruits of their labour as they nurture their own children's gardens.

Expanding Across Toronto

Since 2001, the Children's Eco Programs have been sowing the seeds for healthy children, beautiful green spaces and environmental recreation across Toronto. They are determined to meet the growing interest in children's gardens and environmental programs and achieve the broader goal of increasing the use, enjoyment and public stewardship of the City's parks and ravines system.

In striving to fulfill their vision of "Imagining the city's future led by a generation of lifelong gardeners and naturalists", they have been working to establish environmental programs at community centres and surrounding parkland across the City.

Below are some of the centres they are supporting which are offering environmental, nature, nutrition and/or garden programming. For more information on any of these programs please contact the location directly at the phone numbers listed below.

 AddressContact
Bob Abate Community Recreation Centre (Gardening) 485 Montrose Avenue 416-392-0744
Camp Naorca (Nature Programming) 60 Blue Forest Drive 416-395-0150
Claireville Day Camp (Nature Programming) Highway 50 & Highway 7 416-394-8546
Curran Hall Community Centre (Gardening) 277 Orton Park Rd. 416-396-5156
Don Montgomery Community Recreation Centre (Gardening) 2467 Eglinton Avenue East 416-396-4043
Edgehill House (Gardening)  61 Edgehill Road 416-392-2724
Ellesmere Community Centre (Gardening) 20 Canadian Road 416-396-5536
Gord & Irene Risk Community Centre (Garden & Nature Programming) 2650 Finch Ave. West 416-395-7953
Hilltop Community School (Garden &Nature Programming) 35 Trehorne Drive 416-394-8701
Humriva Day Camp (Nature Programming) Humber River Valley 416-394-2747
James S. Bell Community School (Gardening)  90 Thirty First Street 416-394-8707
Ken Cox Community Centre (Gardening & Nature Programming) 28 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive 416-392-6355
Lawrence Heights Community Centre (Gardening) 5 Replin Road 416-395-6120
Malvern Community Recreation Centre (Gardening) 30 Sewells Road 416-396-4054
Milliken Park Community Recreation Centre (Garden and Nature Programming) 4325 McCowan Road 416-396-7757
Oakdale Community Centre (Gardening) 350 Grandravine Drive 416-395-0488
Riverdale Farm (Gardening) 201 Winchester Street 416-392-6794
St. Lawrence Community Recreation Centre /Princess Park Children’s Play Garden (Gardening) 230 The Esplanade 416-392-1347
Toronto Islands/Franklin Children’s Garden  (Garden & Nature Programming) 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.

Programs and Activies: Children Walking on TrailsWalking 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.

High Park Garden in the Winter TimePicnic 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.

Prescribed Burns

Prescribed burns are part of Urban Forestry’s long-term management plan to restore and protect Toronto’s rare black oak woodlands and savannahs. These are deliberately set and carefully controlled fires that stimulate growth in fire-dependant ecosystems, like High Park's black oak savannah. In 2015, prescribed spring burns were held on April 15 in High Park and South Humber Park.