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High Park, Toronto

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#4 of 55 in Parks in Toronto
Wander around the 161 hectare (400 acre) High Park, the largest park within the city limits. Amenities include an area consisting of a large pond, gardens, a zoo, and fields developed for games and picnicking, along with a rare example of unspoiled oak savanna. Take a ride around the park on the trackless train that circles the site for an overview of the different areas. A cafe here offers coffee and refreshments. If you're visiting on a weekend, you may be able to make a purchase from the organic produce market. For High Park and beyond, use our Toronto trip builder to get the most from your Toronto vacation.
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  • As someone who moved to Toronto from small town Ontario when I started work, I have always found High Park a treat - especially i the summer. It continues to be a "to do" on my list when I return fro ...  more »
  • High Park is a great place for a walk. You can visit the lake shore, the small zoo and watch the large variety of wildlife that lives at the park.  more »
  • It's a big Park, with playground for children, picnic tables, snack bar, hotdogs and ice cream, plenty of grassy area for various activities, places for hiking, biking, and a very nice visual, with trees typical of the northern hemisphere, as pine trees , Oaks, willows, and, of course, maples (maple trees). There's even a mini-zoo, with animals such as bison, yak, reindeer, among others. If you're going to spend many days in the city and have already known the main points of interest or are looking for a nice place to relax and walk, you can visit the High Park. It also has the advantage of being next to the station and subway.
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  • Beautiful place to go in sprint summer and autumn and in winter if you love snow and the cold. Beautiful scenery and lots of trees and parks around. Be ready to walk or if you are tired there are benches kept to rest and spend sometime sitting there. There is a restaurant where you can have food drinks and hot chocolate and fries there is pretty famous although it's a bit expensive. Nice place to spend time with family and loved ones. Also a great place to click lots of pictures. Nature lovers will love this place.
  • High Park Zoo I have been to other parts of the park but just recently visited the 'zoo'. The pens are not kept very well. All of the poor animals are in muddy little enclosures. I know it has been raining but the pens could really have a better design. Since it is so small you would think that more attention and resources could be given to the enclosures. It could be a beautiful little area if some new ideas implemented in the pen designs. How long have they been like this?? I wouldn't really recommend this as a destination. Maybe to walk by since you are already in the area...
  • The High Park is very a large, comfortable and fun place to go for all ages. The park is always surrounded with interesting and pleasing nature. The openness of the area is very appealing. The many large trees all around protect the freshness and positive feeling of the park. It is always clean and lovable for all visitors. There are many roads, areas and pathways for all to use. Anyone can drive through, walk through, or exercise through any area of the park. The many pathways embrace people into the colourful and enjoyable sight. It has many clear, bright sociable spots where entertaining events may happen at any time. And through the south end of the park there are many pathways which combine themselves to the Lake Shore and Lake Ontario. That is also very pleasurable. The most positive attribute about this park is that it is continuously well secured and attended to every day. Anyone will usually feel relaxed and pleased when leaving High Park. I love it.
  • A fantastic park in downtown Toronto. An historic pond, a zoo, walking paths,lots of picnic areas for big and small groups. There's the Grenadier restaurant which has really good food. During the summer there's Shakespeare in the park. Cherry blossoms in the spring. What more could you ask for.
  • Beautiful parks to wander through, and explore. Outdoor sports areas, and a little zoo with about 10 different types of animals, including alpacas and bison. Well maintained gardens, and lots of greenery. Excellent place to go for a bike ride, or to walk the dog in the off-leash park. Skating arenas in the winter are well taken care of.

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Most visitors stay in the historic neighborhood of Old Toronto, as the central district offers unparalleled access to the best attractions in the city and several metro stations within walking distance. If you're looking for a different taste of Toronto, stay in the trendy neighborhoods of West Queen West or King West Village, popular for their nightlife, arts, and cafe scenes. You can embrace Toronto's multicultural charms by staying in Chinatown, perhaps the city's best location for foodies.
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