News Release
June 18, 2021

The City of Toronto’s Riverdale Farm and High Park Zoo will officially reopen their outdoor grounds to visitors beginning tomorrow. The Riverdale Farm gate will officially open at 9 a.m. tomorrow, Saturday, June 19.

The Province of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen allows for the reopening of some outdoor recreation amenities in Step One.

As part of the safe and gradual reopening, Toronto Parks, Forestry & Recreation staff have been preparing the grounds and the animals for the return of visitors to Riverdale Farm and High Park Zoo.

Riverdale Farm is home to domestic farm animals and representative of a turn-of-the-century Ontario farm. The farm is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free. Indoor attractions will not be open under current provincial restrictions.

The High Park Zoo is Toronto’s oldest zoo and is home to animals such as bison, llamas, highland cattle and reindeer. The High Park Zoo is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and admission is free.

Reservations are not required but visitor capacity will be reduced to 15 per cent at both locations. Staff will be on-site to monitor the safe operation of these amenities, including one-way foot-traffic, physical distancing, fencing and signage to help control the pace and flow of visitors.

More information about Riverdale Farm and High Park Zoo, including hours of operation, can be found on the City’s Zoos and Farms webpage.


“It’s great to see some of our most treasured City of Toronto attractions opening up again to provide families with an opportunity to enjoy them, especially as we get closer to the end of the school year. I want to commend staff for their continued dedication and hard work in helping us reopen Riverdale Farm and High Park Zoo while keeping the public safe.”
– Mayor John Tory

“Residents are looking for other ways to be engaged outside their homes now that summer weather is here. Exploring our zoos and farms is a great way to spend time outdoors.”
– Councillor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park), Chair of the Infrastructure and Environment Committee

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