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High Park

Location: Toronto, Ontario

With over one million visitors annually, High Park is the jewel of Toronto's park system.

It is the largest park entirely within Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

It spans 161 hectares (398 acres, 1.61 km²). It is a mixed recreational and natural park, with sporting facilities, cultural facilities, educational facilities, gardens, playgrounds and a zoo.

One third of the park remains in a natural state, with a rare oak savannah ecology.


Information

High Park is the largest park entirely within Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It spans 161 hectares (398 acres, 1.61 km²). It is a mixed recreational and natural park, with sporting facilities, cultural facilities, educational facilities, gardens, playgrounds and a zoo.

One third of the park remains in a natural state, with a rare oak savannah ecology. The park is home to many species of wildlife, including birds, fish and animals. The park contains an outstanding concentration of rare plant species, including woodland fern-leaf, cup plant, shrubby St. John's Wort, and the wild blue lupine.

High Park offers a total of 18 designated picnic areas for pre-booking. To have a picnic for 25 or more people you are required to purchase a picnic permit by calling 416-392-8188. No charcoal barbecues.

Points Of Interest

See: Map of High Park

Trackless Train: From spring to fall a "trackless train" — a tractor that tows several wagons decorated to look like a red and white train — is operated making a tour of the Park every 30 minutes, stopping near Bloor Street, the north-western playground, west of the Grenadier Cafe, at Grenadier Pond, south of Colborne Lodge and at the Adventure Playground.

Activities

Washrooms

There are 7 public washroom facilities operated seasonally in High Park, including those available at the Grenadier Teahouse (1873 Bloor St. W) and Grenadier Pond Café.

See: Map of High Park

  • April 15 to October 15: From 8:00 A.M. to dusk, all locations.

  • October 16 to April 14: From 8:00 A.M. to dusk, The Chess House at the Bloor Street entrance, Grenadier Pond, and Parkside Drive & High Park Boulevard entrance.

Food

See: Map of High Park

  • Black Oak Cafe (Concession #1), West Rd., near north end of park
  • Grenadier Teahouse and Café, West Rd. and Colborne Lodge Drive, 416-769-9870; reviews
  • All Stars Cafe (Concession #2), Colborne Lodge Drive, east of the baseball diamonds
  • Adventure Playground Cafe (Concession #3), near the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground

Parking

Parking is available in designated parking areas only, at no charge. Parking lots exist at the Adventure Playground and Zoo, at Colborne Lodge, at Grenadier Cafe, High Park Pool and the north-western children's playground, as well as along some roads. On Sundays in summer, the roads are closed to traffic. Parking between 1:00 am and 6:00 am is prohibited. Between May 1 and October 1 vehicles are restricted from certain areas of the park.

Map & Directions

See: Map of High Park

Car: Enter High Park through the northerly entrance located on Bloor Street West, opposite High Park Avenue.

TTC:

  • The High Park and Keele subway stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line are to the north of the Park.
  • The 506 streetcar line ends in the east side of the park, at Parkside Drive and Howard Park Avenue.
  • Along The Queensway to the south, the 501 streetcar stops at Colborne Lodge Road.
  • The 30B Lambton bus operates from Kipling and High Park stations into the park from Victoria Day to Labour Day.

Contact & Address

High Park
1873 Bloor St West
Toronto, Ontario
Canada

Telephone: 416-392-8188

 

GPS address:
"High Park" or
1873 Bloor St West

Latitude: 43.653513
Longitude: -79.465227

John and Jemima Howard

John George Howard, (27 July 1803 - 3 February 1890) born John Corby, was the City of Toronto, Canada's official surveyor and civil engineer. He was also the first professional architect in Toronto, architect of numerous public, commercial and residential buildings in Toronto in the 1800s and the principal donor of High Park to the people of Toronto.




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