With over one million visitors annually, High Park is the jewel of Toronto’s park system. The park, over one-third of which remains in a natural state, is home to many species of wildlife, including birds, fish and animals. Recognized as one of the most significant natural sites within the City of Toronto, the park contains an outstanding concentration of rare plant species. The park offers many popular attractions as well as activities for visitors to enjoy.
They newly renovated Jamie Bell Playground is now open! Destroyed by fire on March 17th, 2012 the new castle is back bigger and better than before. Thanks to community volunteers and donors.
The High Park Children's Garden, a 2009 David Suzuki Digs My Garden Contest award winner, is an organic education garden. It's the home base for day camps, school programs, free family drop-ins and free community events.
This historical animal attraction, originally built as a deer pen in the 1890's, is a great place to experience and learn about animals from around the world. People of all ages will enjoy the peaceful atmosphere, and visiting with the yak, bison, llamas, highland cattle, sheep, emu and other animals.
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.
To support the ongoing operation of High Park Zoo, you can donate through the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation. All donations over $10 receive a charitable tax receipt.