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water fall, April 28, 2017 , posted by sandy irving , sandyirving@yahoo.ca

I was wondering when the waterfall runs down the hill side near the restaurant, just past the lane of Cherry Trees? The water was not running during the Cherry Blossom bloom time and where exactly does the water that forms this running creek and water fall come from? Is it a natural water flow?

Is cherry blossoms still bloom tomorrow.?, April 28, 2017 , posted by Roxy , roxy_lumandaz@hotmail.com

H i just wanna know if the cherry blossoms still in bloom timorrow.? Hope to hear from u soon. Thanks...

playing music in the park, April 27, 2017 , posted by Maria , muzikajecilj@gmail.com

Is it allowed to play music in the park? Is there a licence for that?

Lost Lexus Key Card, April 26, 2017 , posted by Monica Patel , patelm38@mcmaster.ca

Hi, I was at high park today and I lost my Lexus car key card. I've tried looking everywhere for it and asked all police and personnel I could find. Please let me know if there's anyone I can reach out to help find it or if there is a lost and found.


Location, April 25, 2017 , posted by Jack

The trees are located at the south west area of the park between Colborne Lodge Drive and Grenadier Pond.

Dog licence, April 25, 2017 , posted by Nancy , nancynguyenn@hotmail.com

Hi, do I need to bring proof of licence if i bring my dog to high park? and are they allowed in the zoo area?

Cars, April 25, 2017 , posted by Laurie , peartreedumplingwedding@gmail.com


Has the City considered banning cars from driving through High Park? I don't think it's necessary for cars to drive through at all; it's actually quite disgusting to inhale car exhaust and they ruin the ambiance of the park. Not to mention the noise pollution from engines and rude people honking their horns. Travelling all over the world, I've been to countless city parks equivalent in size, some bigger, and they are limited to pedestrians and cyclists only. These parks are so peaceful, clean and sheer joy to be in. The cars driving through High Park absolutely ruin all of that. High Park has a cool train that can transport patrons who have mobility issues - maybe put that into higher rotation instead of allowing cars to drive through.



Parking, April 24, 2017 , posted by Mike , Wolff7@gmail.com

I live in the neighborhood and I love walking my kid through the.park as it has a lot to offer. Today with the cherrblodooms in bloom it was quite busy, as I walked from the zoo to the playground I noticed the cars were lined up to Parkside. Some lady was standing in a spot holding it as a car was trying to park; the conflict got fairly heated. As a crowd looked on I walked over to her and explained how rude she was being, and after she used a few choose adjectives to discribe the situation she left.
Can the park not have more security on big events like today? I get it if it is cost prohibited, but for the sake of everyone enjoying the park and for the kids not having to watch adults fight over a parking space of all things.
Just a question and concern from a neighbour.

Lost & Found, April 24, 2017 , posted by Spann , spguevara@hotmail.com

Probably a lost cause but worth a shot. I lost my glasses this evening (Apr 24) in High Park. Hoping someone may have found them.

Capybara triplets names, April 23, 2017 , posted by Bret Wills , Bret_wills@hotmail.com

Curly, Larry, Moe.

Wheel stops needed for parking spots needed, April 23, 2017 , posted by David

Parking lot needs the concrete blocks to stop cars from fighting the spots from both sides as some drivers does not respect the horizontal line drawn at one end of the spot that signify where the opening should be.

In the end it creates a lot of frustrated drivers when the ones who are patiently waiting for the spot gets the spot stolen

cherry blossom , April 23, 2017 , posted by Monir , roktim.nsu@gmail.com

Hi, is today a good day to come for cherry blosoom? What % of flower has bloomed. I have off on 26th as well, would that be a better day to see maximum bloom? Thanks :)

Sakura blossom, April 22, 2017 , posted by Jenny , Zhuyijuan111gmail.com

Anyone at high park today? Is it good to see sakura blossom tomorrow. Thanks

When is the best time for this year, April 22, 2017 , posted by Fedo , geeth2003@gmail.com

Are those sakura going to last long untill 29th and 30 of this month .

memorials, April 22, 2017 , posted by Rod Watson , rodwatson@sasktel.net

I am interested in learning more about the placement of memorial plaques or memorial wall lists in High Park. Do you have any memorial options for those who have really enjoyed the park?

Status?, April 22, 2017 , posted by Kayla , kozina@live.ca

What's the status? Did they bloom and then the rain storm destroyed the blooms?? I don't want to miss it!

Read all info, April 22, 2017 , posted by May Lee

I find it odd that so many people ask questions that are answered already throughout this website :) Don't lazy to find the info you're looking for...i spend 10mins here and found all answers i was looking for

Adminssion fee?, April 22, 2017

Many have asked if there is a fee to visit the park: no there isn't. It's a city park and free to visit except for parking costs.

lockers and rain, April 22, 2017 , posted by M

Responding to two questions: there are no lockers to my knowledge and no, rain didn't affect the flower petals significantly

Cherry Blossoms, April 21, 2017 , posted by Samantha , samantha.bogdanovich@gmail.com


I was just wondering if this weekend is a good time to visit to see the cherry blossoms.



Cherry Blossoms , April 21, 2017 , posted by Peter

How much does it cost to attend? Will there be water sold?

capybaras pups names, April 21, 2017 , posted by cecilia , ferenczycili@gmail.com

I think is a best names for the capybaras pups


Lockers , April 21, 2017 , posted by Leticia , leticia_anorato@hotmail.com

Hey, I was wondering if at the high park has any luggage storage or lockers so I can keep my backpack there while I walk through the park with more freedom... thanks in advance

should we go on 22 april or 23 april, April 21, 2017 , posted by Kaur , kaurpree9014@gmail.com

should we on 22 april or 22 april...when cherry blossoms are predicted for full bloom?

Capybara babies, April 20, 2017 , posted by Karen Campbell , campbellkaren@rogers.com

I think you should name the capybara babies Curly, Larry and Moe. Their parents sure were funny enough! Can't wait to meet them all this summer.

Cherry Blossoms, April 20, 2017 , posted by Deen , deensjam29@gmail.com

Anyone know when peak cherry blossom will be reached? Planning a visit for the very first time and would like to see this. Thank you!

Sakura now!, April 20, 2017 , posted by Admin

Go now! The Sakura trees have started to bloom and now and throughout the the weekend of Apr 22 is when you should visit. Don't wait until past this weekend!

Bonnie and Clyde’s capybaras pups , April 20, 2017 , posted by John Holloway , john.hollow@rogers.com

I understand that Bonnie and Clyde’s capybaras pups are still looking for a name. Since the gender of the pups is still unknown, my grandkids and I have come up with three gender neutral names.
We propose the pups be named Teri, Beri and Geri.
Teri, -- Teresa or Terrance
Beri – Bernice or Bernard
Geri – Geraldine or Gerald

Pup names , April 20, 2017 , posted by Mark laxton , Laxton5@outlook.com

You should name the capybara triplets
Hide,Anne, Seak

Queen's Park trees in bloom, April 19, 2017 , posted by A M

The cherry trees at Queen's Park are fully in bloom today. Do the High Park trees typically bloom a bit later?

Are there any updates?, April 19, 2017 , posted by Chris , port_hispano@hotmail.com

Is there any changes as of yet looking to visit this Saturday!

Naming of Capybara Pups, April 19, 2017 , posted by Jason Reichenbach , jason.reichenbach@rogers.com

Hey, I think one of the names of the new Capybara pups should be "El Chapo". We know how many times he has escaped from prisons and how he eluded police officers.

No cars in the park during cherry blossom time, April 19, 2017 , posted by Sue F , suefarquhar@gmail.com

We are residents in the High Park area in Toronto.
Every year we enjoy the cherry blossom trees but we are struck by the amount of traffic. While walking to see the cherry blossoms, we have been witness to cars lined up, bumper to bumper and idling for hours. This unending flow of cars in High Park obviously contributes to air-pollution and is in direct violation of the City of Toronto1996 anti-idling by-law. Driving and being stuck in traffic in the park just to be able see the cherry blossoms is antithetical to enjoying the natural phenomenon of these trees. There are many residential areas around High Park where people could park and walk to see the cherry blossoms.
I realise Parks Staff recommend biking, walking or taking the TCC but I wanted to take it one step further and suggest an initiative to completely close the park to cars during cherry blossom season.

Thank you for your consideration in this matter.
S. Farquhar

Inadequte washroom facilities, April 19, 2017 , posted by Andrew Knight , ndrwknght@yahoo.ca

The fact that the washroom at High Park has been closed all winter and still remained closed as of 18th April has caused great hardship to me, an active senior. Lack of these facilities forces me to choose between cutting short my visit to the park or going in the woods. Surely some portable toilets could be positioned at strategic points?

Peak Bloom, April 19, 2017 , posted by Lance

I read on a new page that the peak anywhere from today to April 26th. Then another site has May 3rd - May 10. If they could split the difference and Peak the weekend of the 29th that would be great. :)

Reindeers, April 17, 2017 , posted by Paul Hudson , paul_alex_hudson@hotmail.com

Our family visited your park this week-end, we all had a great time. We had a little question regarding your reindeers - they didn't seem to be in a great mental/physical state. They hardly moved, seemed lathargic, they had patches of fur that was knoted/missing. Patches of skin appeared infected.
Are these animals receiving the appropriate care? Even my 3 year old daughter was asking why Santa's reindeers seemed sick...
I love this zoo, I've been several times. Please know I support your Operations fully, just wondering about these animals...

Duck identification, April 17, 2017 , posted by Carolyn , Cmdoyle@sympatico.ca

Any one notice a duck with a large black beak in the pond lately? And if so, what it's name is? Can't seem to identify it.

Cherry best time, April 16, 2017

Best time is next weekend until end of May. Can't get more accurate than that at the moment.

When is the best time for this year, April 16, 2017 , posted by Fedo , geeth2003@gmail.com

What is the best time to see sakura this year
Any guessing?

Trail Biking, April 15, 2017 , posted by Bryan , bkdk@sympatico.ca


Is mountain biking allowed on the surounding dirt drails in the park? My 11-yr-old is asking.


Baby Capybara, April 15, 2017 , posted by Joseph , plavecchia77@gmail.com

When will the baby capybaras be on display at the zoo.

Snake in the park , April 15, 2017 , posted by Linda , Linmlee@gmail.com

Hello I found a dead snake in the park this morning. It wasn't a garter snake. It has the markings of possibly a constrictor of some sort. I really don't know anything about snakes and was worried if people were releasing dangerous snakes in the park that it would be a scary problem to have. I took an photo of it and would like to send it to you if you want to see it.

Ball Hockey Arena, April 13, 2017 , posted by Alex Catherwood , Catherwood16@gmail.com


I was wondering what time the ball hockey arena opens and closes at or when the gates get opened and locked up.

Also, is it open for the public to use during the day to just shot around and practice on?

Alex Catherwood

capybara pups, April 11, 2017 , posted by Gabrielle Moreau , gabrielle_moreau@hotmail.com

I am coming to the park with my Howard p.s. senior kindergarten class on this Thursday a.m. We would like to see the pups. Is there any way to know if they will be outside and, if so, when is the best time to come? Thanks

Sakura Prediction (Final), April 11, 2017 , posted by Nobby , nobbycosmic@yahoo.co.jp

[] Nobby's Fearless Prediction of Cherry Blossoms at High Park #3 (Final: Post on April 11) --

Based on the calculated figures at this point, using the 14-day forecast and the average daily temperatures of the past 10 years, they are pointing the blooming between April 14 and April 18, with the full bloom between April 23 and April 27.  It is till 1 week away and there are uncertain factors exist but I make this the final prediction.  Cross your fingers for me.  For more details, please look at a post in the Toronto Nikkei Forum: http://torontonikkeiforum.2forum.biz/f1-toronto-nikkei-forum  [Note 1]: I am calculating the prediction figures with very basic pieces of information. I do not take any responsibilities if the prediction was off.
[Note 2]: Steve's Sakura Watch site is very comprehensive in analysis and reporting.  Please see the site as well.

Good Friday hours, April 11, 2017 , posted by Shannon , shannon.phair@gmail.com

Just wondering if the entire park is open on good friday 2017? Especially the zoo?

Maps/Legends in High Park, April 10, 2017 , posted by Sven Pinczewski , sven.pinczewski@gmail.com

Hi there,

we had another great visit in High Park this past weekend, this time with our new dog who loved the off leash areas. However, what continues to be a source of continuous puzzlement is why none of the maps / legends in the park have a "you are here" indicator on them. It's nice to have a map to get oriented in the park, but if I don't know where I am, they are pretty useless.

We were not the only ones confused about this - we overheard at least four families struggling with the same thing and then finally giving up trying to figure out their location. This would be such an easy fix and improve everyone's enjoyment of the park (especially those of us who are occasional / out-of-town visitors.



Contest to name baby capybaras, April 6, 2017 , posted by Stephanie Cunti , stephc_@hotmail.com

I think the suggestion to hold a contest to name the baby capybaras is a wonderful and fun idea that would be great for the nieghbourhood and city. What are you guys thinking about it? Please do this.

Over-Developed Park, April 6, 2017 , posted by Michael , nogas.michael@gmail.com


I'd just like to voice my opinion that the park has too many roads going through it. The fact that I have to cross three roads to get from one side of the park to the other is crazy. Parking should be limited to the exteriors and have a continuous park in the middle of it. Not a collection of areas separated by roads. I'd also like to see some of the secondary paved paths converted to stone dust/gravel once they've reached their lifespan to protect more of the feel of nature. It's impossible to go for a good run through the park.

jamie bell park, April 4, 2017 , posted by kevin thornton , kevinthornton70@gmail.com

What has happened to the Sword in the stone? the Kids love it

High Park Zoo Contact Number , April 4, 2017 , posted by Rachel , rmetalin@ucc.on.ca

Hi -
I would like to get a contact number so I can speak with someone at the High Park zoo, I had a special request and would like to make a donation so was wondering who I call? The number posted online is not for the High Park Zoo but instead for Toronto Animal Services.

Thank you.

goose with paper cup on its neck, April 2, 2017 , posted by Anna Markell , annavmarkell@gmail.com

I was just walking in high park and saw a goose with a paper cup on its neck. I called animal services and they asked for a picture, but I was not able to take one. Please see if you can help this bird by removing the garbage around its neck. I saw it in Grenadier park st 530 pm on Sunday April 2nd.

Bikers in off leash dog trails, April 2, 2017 , posted by Helen , I don't my email public?

There are so few good dog parks in Toronto. I love the high park off leash area but the amount of cyclists wizzing through makes me so nervous. Are they allowed on the paved path and if so why? Off leash dogs and cyclists are a bad idea, cyclists get to go anywhere in the city (at least legally)... can dog walkers just have this one little dog safe space in all of Toronto? Dog walkers are not the fair weather users...they are the park regulars and it seems all of sudden in the spring and summer that we are not welcomed or safe in our designated space. Maybe better signage- make bikers at least aware that they are entering the off leash area?

Entrance Fee, March 30, 2017 , posted by Angie , spiceanj81@gmail.com

Hi. How much is the entrance fee of the park and what time is it open? Thank you.

Meditation Event - June 10, 2017, March 28, 2017 , posted by Jasmine Mohsen , jasmine.mohsen@gmail.com

I am part of group planning to hold a meditation mob and are considering High Park as a potential location. Our intention is to arrive on location, sit, and disperse after 30 minutes. This is a free event and all are welcome to participate. We would like to know if we require a permit to hold this event or if anything else is needed.

Wood Ducks, March 28, 2017 , posted by Rose , rose@roseunderwood.com

Are there nesting Wood Ducks in High Park?


Cherry blossoms , March 25, 2017 , posted by Ansh , Anshuli.ch@gmaill.com

Hi there,
I was wondering if the cherry blossoms have bloomed yet so taht i can come and visit with my friends.

Name the baby Capybaras, March 25, 2017 , posted by Paul Thornton , paul@investorbootcamponline.com

May I suggest a contest to name the baby Capybaras! Oh ya.

Names for the Capybera babies, March 24, 2017 , posted by Diane , Mazurk.emmett@rogers.com

My suggested names for the three Cappy babies are "Tic, Tac, Toe."

Capybara names for pups March 24th 2017, March 23, 2017 , posted by Den Sims , dbsims1950@gmail.com

Hello I would like to suggest 3 names for the Capybara's as I feel that, Pistol , Gunner , and Revolver would (CAP) it off.

Names for the capybaras pups, March 23, 2017 , posted by Michele Allen , mtallen@live.com

We think you should name the 3 pups - curly Larry and Moe, after the 3 stooges :)

Capybaras, March 23, 2017 , posted by James carruthers , jcarruthers@bell.net

Give them one name from each of the 3 names given to Toronto's most notorious Bank robber.


reserving an area, March 23, 2017 , posted by Austin Repath , thepilgrim@look.ca

I would like to hold an event in the labrynthe area (just north of the Grenadier restaurant) on June 21st. Do I need to apply for a permit?

Nobby's Fearless Prediction of Cherry Blossoms at High Park #1, March 22, 2017 , posted by Nobby , nobbycosmic@yahoo.co.jp

I am again calculating the cumulative temperature figures for predicting the blooming of the cherry trees in the High Park.

Based on the calculated figures at this point, plus using the 14-day forecast and the average daily temperatures of the past 10 years, they are pointing the blooming around the weekend of April 22/23, with the full bloom around the weekend of May 1/2. It is till 6 weeks away and there are uncertain factors exist. Please keep watching the posting in the Toronto Nikkei Forum below:
Once the prediction range is within the 14-day forecast, that prediction is the final.

Past blooming records:

May 2, 2007 (Within the prediction)
April 26, 2008 (Within the prediction)
April 27, 2009 (2 days later than the prediction range)
April 12, 2010 (Within the prediction)
May 4, 2011 (1 day later than the predicted range)
April 5, 2012 (3 days later than the predicted range)
April 30, 2013 (Within the prediction)
May 9, 2014 (1 day later than the predicted range)
May 2, 2015 (1 day earlier than the predicted range)
2016 (No blooming due to unstable weather)

* The definition of the blooming is that at least 5 to 6 flowers on at least two trees each among the three pre-chosen trees bloom.
* Full bloom means the condition where 90% of the flowers are in full bloom.

Note: I am not an expert on the blooming nor the cherry blossoms. I am calculating the figures with very basic pieces of information. I do not take any responsibilities if the prediction was off.

Dog on leash areas, March 22, 2017 , posted by Rachel Merran , ramerran@gmail.com

I am becoming increasingly upset by inconsiderate dog owners who allow their dogs off leash in on leash areas. Today 2 dogs ran up to me and barked while I was walking up through the onleash nature trail which leads from the dig off leash area to the corner of keele and Bloor streets. I love high park I love the nature trails but it is getting worse and worse! The small signs posted are not enough. Today I counted 12 dogs running through the natural areas adjacent to the on leash trails . Our park will eventually be all fenced off (and some dogs just jump the fences - I have seen owners encouraging them!) or our parks will become ruined by inconsiderate and disrespectful people.
Is there nothing that can be done??? Thank you

Buds yet?, March 19, 2017 , posted by Kat , katkas553@gmail.com

Has anyone seen if the tress are budding?? Hopefully the warmer temps forecasted this week will help...

I saw buds?, March 18, 2017

Am I going crazy or are those swollen bits at the end of branches in fact buds of soon to be flowers? I hope so...I miss going to High Park, it's been too cold and I'm getting cabin fever and want to visit this year first before the end of March.

Bear Mound, March 9, 2017 , posted by Danielle La Valle , danielle-lavalle@live.ca

Good morning,
I am looking for more information regarding Bear Mound and the 1921 pit burials found near Grenadier Pond. Also if you have any other information regarding First Nations use of High Park that would be great.

Kind regards,

Soil, March 3, 2017 , posted by heather watts , heatherbeewatts@gmail.com

I am a student at George Brown in a placement at St. Joseph's Health Centre wondering if I may please have some finished compost for a veggie growing project facilitating mental health breaks for long term care recipients.
Thank you!

Lesya Ukrainka monument, February 25, 2017 , posted by Igor Sanin , igsanin@netscape.net

We are a family of the Ukrainian heritage. While spring is speedy approaching we can see that landscaping is being started in the park. We would like to clean an area closely around a monument of Lesya Ukrainka at our own. Is any permission required to enter behind the fence or any agreement is to be achieved with a relevant supervising body, please?
Thank you.
Igor Sanin

The Jamie Bell Adventure Park, February 24, 2017 , posted by Angela Chen , lindachenandrewsfarm@hotmail.com

Hi, this is Angela from Andrews Scenic Acres farm. We admire your Jamir Bell adventure playground. We r really interested in getting contact with the design company since our farm need to build one as well. Please reach me at phone number:905-966-3211 if you may. Thank you so much and appreciate that!

Info , February 23, 2017 , posted by Desiree Jordan , Jordanmariedesi@hotmail.com

Hello, my name is Desiree Jordan I am representing Big Brother Big Sister Guelph and was wondering if you had an email for general info/inquiries thank you, have a wonderful day!

Lost Sunglasses, February 22, 2017 , posted by Bilge Ozturk , trottata@gmail.com

Good day,
I have lost my black RayBan sunglasses this afternoon Feb 22nd, between 4:15-5:15pm either in the zoo or the playground. I have followed my footsteps to find it but couldn't. Could you please kindly advise if someone returns them. Thank you very much in advance.
Best Regards,
Bilge Ozturk

Dog park fence, February 22, 2017 , posted by Laurie Hay , Laurie.hay@sympatico.ca

My dog jumped through a hole in the fence by the corner near the Dream Theatre. This part of the fence is older and has larger openings. It would be great if this can be straightened and tightened up so my dog can't get out. My dog is 70lbs so he is not a small dog! Thank you

co-op placement, February 21, 2017 , posted by jemaya balkarran , balkarranjemaya@gmail.com

hello, i'm a currently a grade 12 student attending bramalea secondary school and i would love to have my co-op placement at your zoo, i've been to the zoo and think it's beautiful but most of all i love the animal range, i've always wanted to learn and worked with such a wide variety of animals, if a manager or supervisor could give me a call @ 6474609333 that would be great, thank you so much & have a nice day.

Bike lanes and cars, February 20, 2017 , posted by Carolan , Carolan.m.mackay@gmail.com

Beautiful high park - to be shared by all - safely!
Can something be done about the chaos around the cycling lanes and the off leash dog area and the entrance to the grenadier cafe?
Loose dogs, cars parked in the cycling lane, cars speeding up to grab a parking spot coming free, cars colliding with cyclists and joggers, dog walkers with too many dogs, cars pulling into the cycling lane to drop people off. I shudder at every near accident I witness or experience.
Time for a redesign of this area!!!! More parking or drop off options for elderly or disabled people? Remove parking from this bottlenecked area completely?
The park is getting busier ... can we re examine how to keep its happy users safe?

potential summer event, February 2, 2017 , posted by Matthew Dales , mattdales99@gmail.com

Good Afternoon,

I am interested in better understanding what spaces may be used for a potential summer event i would like to plan, The Rose Picnic. We would feature high end rose wines and first class food in beautiful summer picnic arrangement.

i can be reached at 6473385915 Thank you very much

Matthew Dales

Designated area for picnic, January 30, 2017 , posted by Asad , asadikhan@gmail.com

Hi, I am trying to book area 23 for a picnic/birthday party. I am being told by the booking line that they cannot guarantee seating/benches, but they didn't seem sure on it. Can you confirm that if I book the area, that is designated for up to 50 people, I will have seating/benches in that designated area for me upon arrival?

Playground, January 13, 2017 , posted by Conan Tobias , ctobias@stjosephmedia.com

Hello. I'm writing from Where Magazine, the hotel tourism guide. We're mentioning the Jamie Bell Adventure Playground in a feature of family activities in the city, and I was wondering if you had any high resolution photos we might be able to use. Thanks for the help.

Dog Walkers, January 11, 2017 , posted by Anne Smythe , anneismythe@gmail.com

I would just like to make a comment about the excessive number of dogs being walked by dog walkers in the off leash area. The number is often at least 7 by an individual walker, yesterday there were 14 with 2 walkers and there was no control at all. When I commented the response was that I was right, they did have too many dogs - and that was the end of it.

coyotes, January 7, 2017 , posted by John , johnjenglish@rogers.com

reference to the coyotes in High Park. I have been running in the park for twenty years and I have not seen the two of them for a year or so. Most of the time when I came across them they would take off. A couple of times they stopped and we had a staring contest. Are they still around I sort of miss them.

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