1873 Bloor St. West
Toronto, Canada M5H2N
High Park Description
A good third of the almost 400 acres that make up this expansive city park is still in it's natural state. That means a hike, bike ride or walk down its trails will often turn up plenty of things to talk about. Playgrounds, a mini-petting zoo, an outdoor pool, six tennis courses, an ice rink and more turn it into a hub of activity year-round. Kids love the children's garden and free events and High Park; you'll love the fresh air and green space in the middle of the city.
Babies: Paved paths, wide sidewalks and a waterfront trail make it a great place to take it all in with the baby.
Toddlers & Pre-K: Keep them close. The sheer size of the park makes it easy to wander off.
School-Age Kids: Hop aboard the "Trackless Train" for a 25-minute ride around the park ($3 child; $4 adult).
- Come to Dream. The summer outdoor theatre "Dream in High Park," put on by the Canadian Stage Company, is a top notch professional production by seasoned actors. Kids love being outdoors as evening turns into night and the picnic-friendly tiered grass seating keeps them happy throughout. Admission is pay way you can (suggested $20 minimum) and kids younger than 14 are free.
- Plan to walk. It's a short walk (about a block) from the subway to the park's entrance but the park itself is endless. If you've got little ones in tow who will be less keen to walk back consider taking a cab or driving in.
- Avoid the crowds. The park is least crowded in the early mornings, evenings and weekdays, play your visits to coincide and you'll have more of the park to yourself.
- Stay for lunch and dinner. Pack a picnic if you like, or stop into the Grenadier Restaurant (a family of four can eat well for about $40).
Just the Facts
Hours: Park is accessible 24 hours a day. Zoo opens at 7 a.m. and closes at dusk
Recommended Time: Half day