High Park Tours
About High Park, Toronto
Toronto’s favourite nature retreat is 161 hectares of hilly and wooded land with two ravines running north to south. It was opened in 1876 and now has lots of recreation facilities - playgrounds, picnic areas, off-leash areas for dogs, paved and unpaved trails, a free to use swimming complex, a winter ice hockey ice rink, tennis courts and baseball diamonds. Outside of this usual fare the park also has:
- Colborne Lodge: A historical museum in a 19th century building.
- Gardens: So many types of gardens! Rock, hanging, ornamental, flower Japanese, sculpture, and children’s.
- Grenadier Cafe
The small but adorable High Park Zoo, established in 1893, is free to visit, and its 11 paddocks house various domesticable species such as bison, llamas, peacocks, reindeer, highland cattle, wallabies, emus and barbary sheep. It receives over half a million visitors every year thanks to its location in the park.
In summer watch out for events like Shakespeare in High Park in the park's amphitheatre.
High Park Information
- Check the park’s event calendar on the park website.
- The park has a map on its website with a detailed legend highlighting its attractions.
- Cycling not allowed on unpaved paths.
High Park Opening and Closing Hours
- High Park Zoo: 7am - sunset
How To Get To High Park by Public Transport
- Buses 301, 501 stop The Queensway at Colborne Lodge Dr West Side.
- Subway 2 stop High Park.
- Buses 506 stop High Park Loop.
- Bus 300 stop Bloor St West at Parkside Dr.
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Experience Toronto from the sky on a helicopter tour over the city! As you soar through the air, look down on the skyscrapers, CN Tower, the waterfront, Fort York and other city sights. This 7-minute ride follows a route of nearly 9 miles (15 km) and includes one souvenir photo. Five departure times are available.
Your Niagara Falls experience starts the moment you board the climate-controlled bus at your hotel. You'll be taken on a tour that is guaranteed to stimulate your senses and leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. The tour includes free time to explore Niagara falls and Niagara-on-the-Lake and a local winery visit for wine tasting.
Enjoy a day trip from Toronto to Niagara Falls including personalized pickup and drop-off from your hotel. Stops include Niagara-on-the-Lake, Floral Clock, Smallest Chapel in the World, the hydro-power stations and a winery for wine tastings. Enjoy three hours free time in Niagara Falls. Tours are conducted by licensed Niagara Parks Commission Tour Guides and full commentary is given throughout the day. Return to Toronto around 6pm. Modern mini-coaches feature heating and air conditioning.
Share your experience - Rate High Park, Toronto
It's a huge park so despite 3 visits, I haven't seen it all. Recently discovered there's a community pool and tennis courts there. Love the zoo there. The animals are different and interesting. Didn't much like the outdoor theatre because it's uncomfortable to sit on the ground. There are tai chi classes and other activities. Something for everybody
Had a great time on eclipse day. It's a big park with many paths to walk. I saw a couple of restaurants/coffee shops and food carts. There is a small zoo with a few animals. There are washrooms all over the park and they are fairly clean. The benches and picnic tables where surprisingly clean. We walked around for more than an hour then sat in the shade of a huge tree. There is a big pool and many fields to play. Not sure why I gave it four stars. Didn't feel like five even though we really enjoyed ourselves.
A great place to escape the city, but still within the city limits. There's a great, spacious off-leash dog area (that even non-dog owners tend to enjoy!), pool and other water facilities, a great path system for walking, running, or biking. And, another personal favourite: the drama theatre in the middle of the park that presents a multitude of shows, but Shakespeare in particular. A comforting place for regulars, and a picturesque place for visitors.
Great park for all types of groups/families big or small. We went to hike in the woods and with careful navigation managed to stay in the woods away from main paths, roads, and large groups of people for good stretches of time, considering being the city. Many little nooks and parks and places to hang out and enjoy the day. Great spot for picnics and families. Worth a good day visit.
Wonderful park. It has everything. Beautiful gardens, with educational information about species. A petting zoo. Big swimming pool. Restaurants. Splash pad. Tennis, football, and other sports. Bycicle lanes. Small lake for fishing. It has everything. Love it.
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