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.
As part of the City’s COVID-19 response, Colborne Lodge and the trackless train at High Park are 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.
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.
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.
Share your experiences when travelling to, from and within High Park in an online survey. All survey responses are anonymous. The survey will remain open throughout the summer.
Feedback collected through the survey will help to shape the objectives, scope and outcomes of the High Park Movement Strategy. The survey represents the first of several consultation opportunities that will be offered throughout the study process, ensuring early and ongoing participation from park users. Subsequent engagement activities will explore possible mobility solutions for the travel network serving High Park.
More information on the upcoming High Park Movement Strategy will be available on this web page once confirmed.
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 2021 for the winter season. Monitoring of the pond ended on February 28, 2021.
Located on Deer Pen Road, the High Park Zoo offers both domestic and exotic animals including bison, llamas, peacocks, deer, highland cattle and sheep.
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.
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.