High Park is closed to vehicle traffic on public holidays and weekends. The vehicle 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. 

High Park Children’s Garden is temporarily closed due to renovations.  Expected completion date is December 2021.

As part of the City’s COVID-19 response, Colborne Lodge is closed. Stay up-to-date on all changes to City services by visiting COVID-19: Changes to City Services.

Before going to High Park, users must do the Ontario Ministry of Health COVID-19 customer screening and if they do not pass the assessment, they should not go to High Park. Learn more about using park and recreation facilities during COVID-19.


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 vehicles leading up to the annual Cherry Blossom Festival, a popular tradition that attracts thousands of visitors every spring. In order to keep people safe and improve pedestrian access, the park was closed to vehicles all seven days of the week leading up to and during the event.

High Park has four vehicle entrances and four main roads within the park.

  1. Colborne Lodge Drive which runs through the park between Bloor Street and the Queensway
  2. West Road which branches off Colborne Lodge Drive along the west side of the park
  3. High Park Boulevard, the main entry point from Parkside Drive
  4. Centre Road which connects Colborne Lodge Drive to High Park Boulevard

About the High Park Movement Strategy

The City is launching a study to explore long-term mobility solutions in High Park.

The High Park Movement Strategy will focus on the travel network within and around the park including roads, driveways, parking lots, and paved trails. The recent weekend road closures within the park will also be assessed as part of the study.

The goal of the study is to improve the travel network to better serve park users and the surrounding community, prioritizing safety and accessibility while preserving the park’s ecological integrity.

The High Park Movement Strategy will focus on mobility. Other important park matters such as land use, conservation and facility maintenance will continue to be addressed through established plans and policies including the Facilities Master Plan, Parkland Strategy and Ravine Strategy.

Project Timeline

The study is in early stages and will be underway by fall 2021. Over the summer, the City will be retaining a consultant team to support the study, finalize a work plan, collect data and conduct a background analysis. A preferred solution for long term travel network improvements is targeted for the summer 2022. The implementation of the preferred solution is targeted for 2023. The study will also explore interim solutions that could be delivered in the short term.

Get Involved

The survey is now closed. This feedback will help to shape the objectives, scope and outcomes of the High Park Movement Strategy.

Upcoming community engagement activities will explore possible mobility solutions for the travel network serving High Park. Join the High Park Movement Strategy mailing list to receive project updates and learn about engagement opportunities.

Cherry Blossoms

High Park is one spot to view cherry tree blossoms when they bloom in spring.

Trails and Nature Walks

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.

Grenadier Pond

Grenadier Pond is a favourite Toronto fishing spot. It is an Environmentally Significant Area, so dogs must be kept on a leash and boats are not allowed on the water.

Skating

Temperature changes and other factors can make the ice dangerous and unstable. The ice will be monitored starting in January 2021 for the winter season. Monitoring of the pond ended on February 28, 2021.

High Park Zoo

Located on Deer Pen Road, the High Park Zoo offers both domestic and exotic animals including bison, llamas, peacocks, deer, highland cattle and sheep.

Book a Sports Field or Tennis Court

The baseball diamonds, soccer fields and tennis courts at High Park are available for one-time use or seasonal/league bookings.

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.

Other Things to Do

Children’s Gardening and Eco Programs

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 kidsgrow@toronto.ca or check out Nature and Eco Programs.

Colborne Lodge

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.

High Park Nature Centre

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

  • spring, summer and fall
  • 10:30 a.m. to dusk, daily

Hours are weather permitting.

Cost

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.

  • Adults (age 12 to 65): $5/person
  • Children (age 11 or younger): $4/person
  • Older Adults: (age 66 or older) $4/person

Special group rates may be available.