For visitors and residents of Toronto alike, High Park is a “must-see” spot within the city. Nestled in the west-end of the city, High Park spans 400 acres of beautiful parkland. With sporting facilities, cultural facilities, educational facilities, gardens, playgrounds and a zoo, spend your weekends this spring and summer exploring their amazing municipal parks. First opened in 1876, High Park is the largest park within Toronto and extends from Bloor Street West to The Queensway, just north of Lake Ontario. From gorgeous Chinese gardens with the famous Japanese Cherry trees, to wandering paths through the wilderness, there is plenty to discover. Last weekend, the weather was finally warm enough for us to spend our Sunday wandering through this stunning park. So I tossed on my soft shell Trenton jacket from Canada Goose and went on a little urban hike!
One of my favourite areas of High Park is the large Grenadier Pond. Stretching to approximately 200 feet across, this pond is home to an array of beautiful wildlife. And if you’re lucky enough, you might even see a swan! The park is also home to The Grenadier Café, which the perfect place to pick up breakfast, lunch or a snack during your busy day outside.
Visiting the park with kids? Be sure not to miss the incredible James Bell Adventure Playground or the High Park Zoo. Housing an array of animals including American bison, emu, llamas, peacocks, fallow deer, wallaby, capybara, Highland cattle, yaks, Barbary sheep, and Mouflon sheep and open from 7:00 a.m to dusk.
Visiting in the summer? Alternating between two different plays all summer long, the Canadian Stage Company presents Shakespeare in the Park performance of the classic plays under the stars.
The great thing about High Park is that it is extremely accessible by public transportation. Only a short walk form High Park Station, wander through the many entrances of the park through the 506 or 501 Streetcar line or the 80 Queensway bus and just steps away from the vibrant area of Roncesvalles and the Bloor West Village.