A View of the Lake in Front of Colborne Lodge, 1870. The City of Toronto Museums Collection, 1978.214.19A

In 1876 The City made Howard a Forest Ranger, making him responsible for improvements to High Park’s roads, drains and boundaries and for clearing its underbrush. He also planted groves of trees as he saw fit and further stipulated in his conveyance with the City that no tree should be felled or uprooted while he and Jemima still lived3.

3 Ibid. Pg. 62

It is a popular urban myth that Grenadier Pond is so named to honour a company of Grenadiers who drowned in the pond when they fell through the ice during a retreat in the War of 1812. It is much more likely the pond was named after the grenadiers who enjoyed fishing, skating and canoeing there during their free time.