Colborne Lodge is located in High Park, on the traditional territory of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenasaunee and the Huron-Wendat. In 1836, British settlers and city builders 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 19th-century innovation and creativity as exemplified by surveyor John Howard. Toronto life and society, as exemplified by the Howards, their household, friends and community, and the wider histories told by the land that became High Park, are explored. This home of inquisitive people welcomes inquisitive students.

Customized tours and programs available.

To book a school trip to Colborne Lodge, please contact the museum directly:

11 Colborne Lodge Drive
clodge@toronto.ca
416-392-6916

Explore 19th century Christmas traditions in the Home of John and Jemima Howard – specially decorated for the holiday season.

  • Play with toys and explore the decorations and gifts of the era
  • Hear a classic Victorian Christmas story
  • Sample a special Christmas treat
  • Make a nature-inspired seasonal decoration to take home

Available Mid-November through December
1.5 hrs
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$4.87 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Social Studies
Topics: Changing Family and Community Traditions

Explore the role of children in Early Settler families through a hands on, inquiry-based exploration of common chores.

  • Become a hands-on history detective – learn how to handle and study real artifacts as you explore the way Early Settlers did the laundry
  • Help preserve the harvest and learn how Early Settlers prevented food spoilage
  • Draw back the covers! Investigate the construction of bed frames and the materials used for mattresses and bedding
  • Enjoy a little leisure time while trying your hand at Victorian games

1.5 hrs
Min. 15 students; Max. 30 students
$4.43 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Social Studies
Topic: Communities in Canada, 1780-1850

Explore the lives of the Haudenodaunee and Anishnawbe peoples of High Park and the Humber Watershed in the pre-settlement era.

  • Identify the Indigenous groups whose territory included High Park
  • Walk along ancient trails that were once part of a critical trading route known as the Carrying Place Trail
  • Through an imaginative “portage” explore how the Anishnawbe navigated their vast territory to gather resources needed for food, clothing, tools, shelter and spiritual practices
  • Use your bodies to make a Three Sisters tableau and hear a traditional story of the Tuscarora peoples’
  • Consider how differences in lifestyle influenced the types of shelters built by Haudenodaunee and Anishnawbe peoples

1.5 hrs
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$4.43 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Grade 3 subject: Social Studies
Topic: Communities in Canada, 1780-1850

Grade 5 subject: Social Studies
Topic: First Nations and Europeans in New France and Early Canada

Take a guided hike through the south end of High Park.  Along the way, assess past and current approaches to the management of the land that is now called High Park.

  • Assess the impact of land management decisions in High Park over the past 150 years
  • Identify various landforms, water systems and the natural processes and the human activities that created and changed them
  • Compare various historic and contemporary perspectives on the best uses of High Park, and make recommendations for the future

1.5 hrs
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$4.43 plus tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Geography
Topics: Physical Patterns in a Changing World, Global Settlement: Patterns and Sustainability

Tour the home of English immigrants John and Jemima Howard.

  • Learn about the immigration experience of the Howards, and compare immigrant experiences of past and present
  • View John Howard’s paintings of early 19th century Toronto, and discuss how Toronto grew into the City we know today
  • Compare cooking, cleaning, heating and hygiene technologies of past and present, in Ontario and in student’s countries of origin.
  • Adaptable for all ESL levels

1 hrs
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$2.66 + tax

Tour the home of City Builders John and Jemima Howard.

  • View John Howard’s paintings of early 19th century Toronto, and discuss how John Howard’s work as a surveyor and architect helped Toronto grow into the City we know today
  • Explore Victorian innovations used for cooking, cleaning, heating and hygiene.
  • Each tour adapted to meet the needs and interests of the group.

1 hrs
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$2.66 + tax

Available Mid-November through December

Holiday Traditions

Explore 19th century Christmas traditions in the Home of John and Jemima Howard – specially decorated for the holiday season.

  • Play with toys and explore the decorations and gifts of the era
  • Hear a classic Victorian Christmas story
  • Sample a special Christmas treat

1 hr
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$4.43 + tax

Holiday Traditions (with seasonal craft)

Same as above, plus make a nature-inspired seasonal decoration to take home.

1.5 hr
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$4.87 + tax

Ontario Curriculum

Subject: Social Studies
Topic: Changing Family and Community Traditions

Available Mid-November through December

Victorian Christmas

Explore 19th century Christmas traditions in the Home of John and Jemima Howard – specially decorated for the holiday season.

  • Learn about the decorations, gifts and toys of the Victorian era
  • Explore the origins of English Christmas food traditions
  • Sample a special Christmas treat

1 hr
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$4.43 + tax 

Victorian Christmas (with seasonal craft)

Same as above, plus make a nature-inspired seasonal decoration to take home.

1.5 hr
Min. 15 students; Max. 45 students
$4.87 + tax