High Park is the largest public park (400 acres) in Toronto, and there is much to see and do here. Located in Toronto’s West end, yet centrally located- close to downtown- with easy access via public transit, bike or by car -it is an amazing urban park where you can spend a few hours- or the entire day! High park offers extensive natural areas (over 1/3 of the park is in its natural state), several popular attractions and recreational facilities for families, nature lovers, runners and hikers alike!
Here are several suggested spots to visit and experience…..
Grenadier Pond – Walking paths and trails surround this very large pond (35 acres) where you can fish (designated areas) , walk around an observe the wildlife (ducks, geese, frogs). There is an observation deck by Hillside gardens that offers a great view. Enjoy the sense of calm here.
High Park Gardens- Several amazing garden areas to explore. In Spring visitors from all over come to experience the Sakura cherry tree blossoms. Centrally located Hillside Gardens feature several distinct plantings area/styles to enjoy. Historic gardens at Colborne Lodge, and the Children’s Garden are two other popular stops.
Off Lease Dog area- Pet lovers appreciate this very large designated area (Dog Hill ) that is easy to access just south of the outdoor pool and north of Grenadier restaurant.
Marked trails/ Cross Country Skiing –There are plenty of well marked paths/nature trails through the park to view native trees, plants and various birds/wildlife. Skiing is permitted anywhere in the park- but there are no official groomed trails offered.
Outdoor rink/ Outdoor Pool- weather permitting both of the facilities are centrally located just off Colborne Lodge Drive- an easy walk from Bloor St West.
High Park Zoo- open year round this mini zoo is inside High Park in the south- westerly section- on Deer Pen Rd. (car accessible via Parkside Drive). Large open outdoor pens showcase the peacocks, deer, sheep, bison and llamas (a few newborns in 2015) who reside here.
Jamie Bell Adventure Playground – Rebuilt in 2012 this community inspired/ built dream “castle “ playground (located near the Duck Pond) is a lot of fun with ladders, swings, slides, artwork.
Colborne Lodge –built in 1836 by John Howard it is a Regency style cottage that is now run as a museum by the City of Toronto. Howard deeded High Park to the city in 1873. Various activities are run here throughout the year (Children’s camps, Harvest festival etc)
Sports Fields/Tennis Courts- Looking to keep busy and fit- you can access 3 public tennis courts (east side of Colborne Lodge Dr.) or utilize the 3 baseball diamonds and 2 soccer fields available (west side of Colborne Dr.)
Grenadier Restaurant/Café - Stop by to enjoy an all- day breakfast, or for a coffee or hot chocolate with the family after a day in the park! They also offer a formal sit down area with lunch and dinner options. The restaurant is well located in the middle of the park- with an amazing wrap around patio where you can enjoy panoramic views.
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