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Colborne Lodge is located in High Park at 11 Colborne Lodge Drive, on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, the Anishnabeg, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat peoples. In 1836, British settlers John and Jemima Howard purchased 165 acres of land that they named High Park and began construction of their home, Colborne Lodge. In 1873, the Howards gifted their home and the surrounding land to the citizens of Toronto to be used as a public park.

Now a museum, Colborne Lodge provides opportunities to explore local history and consider the ongoing impacts of colonialism on the land and people of Toronto.

High Park Land Stewardship: Past, Present and Future

Students learn how differing perspectives and the relationship between people and the land influence decisions about land stewardship and management. This program begins with an exploration of the differing perspectives of Indigenous peoples and Settlers as reflected in the Dish with One Spoon Wampum and Treaty 13, The Toronto Purchase. Then students explore how differing perspectives continue to influence people’s opinions about how High Park should be managed today and in the future.

In this program, students will:

  • Investigate a historical map of High Park
  • Consider contemporary Settler and Indigenous perspectives on land stewardship
  • Work in small groups to study and map a small section of High Park
  • Consider strategies to investigate the parkland needs of local populations

This program has both indoor and outdoor components.


2 hours

Group Size

15 to 30 students


$5.31 plus HST per student

One supervisor free per 15 students or part thereof. $5.31 plus HST per additional supervisor.


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Ontario Curriculum Connections

Grade 7 Geography: Physical Patterns in a Changing World, B

Grade 7 History: Canada, 1800–1850: Conflict and Challenges, B