High Park is closed to car traffic on public holidays and weekends. The closure begins Friday night at approximately 11 p.m. and ends Monday morning at approximately 7 a.m. Limited street parking is available on Bloor Street.
Recognized as one of the most significant natural sites in Toronto, over one-third of High Park remains in a natural state. A jewel in the city’s park system, residents and visitors can enjoy its many attractions, playgrounds and features year-round.
In the spring of 2020, the City launched ActiveTO in response to the COVID-19 pandemic to provide pedestrians with space to physically distance on major roads throughout the city, including High Park.
The park has also been temporarily closed to cars leading up to the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, a popular tradition that attracts thousands of visitors every spring.
High Park has four vehicle entrances and four main roads within the park.
High Park is one spot to view cherry tree blossoms when they bloom in spring.
In the summer, the Spring Creek and West Ravine nature trails take you through the natural forest on clearly marked paths where you’ll see a variety of wildlife and native plants and trees.
In winter, trails aren’t maintained, but you can cross-country ski anywhere in the park.
Take part in organized walks year-round by visiting the High Park Nature Centre.
Temperature changes and other factors can make the ice dangerous and unstable. The ice will be monitored starting in January 2022 for the winter season.
Located on Deer Pen Road, the High Park Zoo offers both domestic and exotic animals including bison, llamas, peacocks, deer, highland cattle and sheep.
Colborne Lodge Museum offers a free one-hour guided tour that explores the history of High Park.
Visit Colborne Lodge for tour location and times.
The three baseball diamonds and two soccer fields are located on the west-side of Colborne Lodge Drive. Three public tennis courts are located on the east side of Colborne Lodge Drive and three are located on the artificial ice rink surface opposite the outdoor swimming pool.
Toronto has a growing population of budding organic gardeners who learn to plant, water, weed and harvest at the High Park Children’s Garden. For more information contact Keely Forth, 416-392-1329 or firstname.lastname@example.org or check out Nature and Eco Programs.
A wide variety of events/exhibits and camps is available year-round at Colborne Lodge. Colborne Lodge can also be booked for school trips, rentals and birthday parties.
Located in the former High Park Forest School, the High Park Nature Centre is a non-profit organization supported by the City that offers programs for all ages. These include walks, workshops and camps.
This 30-minute scenic ride weaves through the park, picking up other passengers along the way. The train operates seasonally and tickets can be purchased from the train operator with one stop-over privilege.
Hours are weather permitting.
Buy tickets from the train operator. A ticket allows for one stop-over, so you can take the train to your favourite spot, enjoy your stay in the park and hop back on.
Special group rates may be available.