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Nearby hotels?, December 21, 2010 , posted by Emma ,


Are there any hotels that overlook High Park?


Employment, December 19, 2010 , posted by Kristen Bowman ,


My name is Kristen Bowman and I am a Animal biology major at the University of Guelph. I was just wondering if you hire for seasonal positions to work with the animals? I would love the opportunity to work with such a variety of animals and I feel that there is a lot I can learn. Thank you for your time and I hope to hear from you soon. Happy holidays!

-Kristen Bowman

Scating Rink, December 16, 2010

Hello everyone,

I'm wondering if skating rink is open. Any information will be really appreciated.


winter time in high park, December 15, 2010 ,

i have enjoyed walking in high park with my dog for many years in all types of weather and i thank all the staff for the care and upkeep of the trails and the park in general. I have one major complaint that I feel very strongly about for many reasons: would you tell me the reason that the park uses so much salt on the pathways? i understand that you have to take into consideration the safety of the individuals walking through your park, but the amount of salt makes it one more place that is unavailable to me during winter months unless i am willing to allow these large pieces to cut into my dogs' paws. There are areas that look like salt has just been dumped down without consideration for how much is actually neccessary to do the job. i also curious about the ecological impact that this product has on the water/pond, plant and animal life? are there no other cost and environmentally effective alternatives? i realize it might be messier, but what about gravel? do you need community support in order to start a different environmental initiative? if that is the case, please contact me i and i will gladly assist in any way possible. thank you for your time-shakura s'aida

High Park duck rescued, December 9, 2010 , posted by Bonnie ,

Hi, I would like to get in touch with the kind person who rescued the big brown duck on Grenadier Pond December 9th, 2010. If he can email me that would be great.

Clean up debris, November 27, 2010

I live at Parkside and Westminster. Directly across from us in the park is a discarded pile of cardboard and blankets made this summer by a transient or homeless person. Now that the leaves are gone, it's highly visible and unsightly as well as a possible fire hazard. Can someone with the park take care of removal or should I contact the city? I would remove it myself but there's too much to move. It should be done soon before it freezes and becomes too difficult to remove.

cross country skiing, November 25, 2010

Does anyone know if you can rent cross country skis somewhere in or near the park?

Study Finds Cell Towers Are Bad For Trees, November 20, 2010 , posted by Sharon

Hi there,

I hope Wifi is nevr installed in High Park. This Dutch study says it's bad for trees.



'Mobile internet is bad for trees'
Friday 19 November 2010

Electromagnetic radiation from mobile phone masts and wifi internet is having a negative effect on trees, according to various newspapers, quoting research by Wageningen University.

The reports say researchers subjected 20 ash trees to emissions from six wifi access points over a three-month period and found that the leaves closest to the source withered and fell off. Sweet corn subjected to the same emissions failed to grow properly.

The research was reportedly set up after officials from Alphen aan den Rijn council noticed strange markings and growth patterns on trees in the town, which were not due to a virus or bacterium.

Further research showed that the symptoms, which include strange growths, are prevalent all over the western world. Some 70% of trees in Dutch urban areas have the symptoms, compared with just 10% five years ago when Alphen officials noticed them, the papers said.


re: Acres, November 18, 2010

To our best knowledge, the park is 399 acres

Quick question, November 18, 2010 , posted by Lindsay ,

Hi there,

I was just wondering if it was correct that High Park is 398 acres. Thanks!

Baby Cuzco, November 17, 2010 , posted by Linda Nguyen ,


My boyfriend and I have been coming every sunday morning to see Baby Llama Cuzco. We've been doing this for about a month now, and it's kind of our Sunday morning tradition to grab a coffee and go see the animals. My boyfriend is in love with the newest Llama addition Cuzco. Is there anyway we can set up a meet and greet with Cuzco?? I think he would absolutely love to get up close and touch them.

Memorial tree..., November 11, 2010 , posted by S. ,

Hello... I would like to know if it is possible to plant a tree in high park in memory of someone? My best friend lost her baby almost one year ago and my group of friends would like to mark the day somehow. Planting a tree could be a lovely way to say we remember her and it could be a place for our friend to visit as the tree grows. Does anyone know how to arrange such a thing legally?

waterfront preservation, November 9, 2010 , posted by Candice Murdock ,

I was just reading about the water preservation plan for high park. I fully agree with it and respect the fact that we should be responsible for this beautiful piece of land. I hope that boats and recreational activities that would disturb the ecosystem will stay prohibited. Let's keep High Park beautiful!

RE: is the park open in November?, November 7, 2010

Yes! High Park is open all year and there is no admission fee to visit.

is park still opened now?! NOVEMBER..., November 3, 2010 , posted by Chris , T

is it still opened now November? and is it charged for any fee if we get there?!!?!?

High Park tree blog, October 24, 2010

Hey High Park neighbours,
Follow and comment on my blog about High Park trees we love and appreciate.


Wild Boars in High Park Zoo, October 22, 2010 , posted by Steve Silver ,

I'm sure I can remember that as a child in the 1950's, I saw Wild Boars at the High Park Zoo. I remember seeing a Boar come charging down the slope, and slamming into the chainlink fence of the enclosure. Can anybody tell me if this memory is accurate? If my memory is indeed accurate, can anybody tell me what years they were present in the zoo?

Zoo Poo, October 19, 2010 , posted by Erica ,


I'd like the contact information of the zookeeper. I have a few questions about the manure.


Lights, October 14, 2010 , posted by DN

Who do you contact about replacing broken light bulbs on the trails? High Park is getting pretty spooky after 7 pm.

Bird ID, October 13, 2010 , posted by Adrian ,

I saw a bird at the southeast corner High Park, up the hill west of the Lower Duck Pond.

It was a little larger than a chickadee. It had a yellowish belly, with a tan back. It also had a small bill, not specialized. In addition it seemed to have two black bands on its head, above and below its eye. I thought I was looking at a shrike, but am not sure.

It was foraging in the brush and leaves, probably for berries.
As well, there seemed to be a few of them, but not flocking. It made a sort of pip sound as a call. In addition, I think I saw it on the trunks of trees in the area.

Any ideas on what it was?


Lost watch, October 11, 2010 , posted by Leia ,


I lost a watch in High Park on Sunday, October 10, 2010. If a park employee finds it, will it be held in a lost and found box?


High Park Pond, October 10, 2010 , posted by Alicia Turner ,

High Park pond is such a hideous, polluted mess. It would be nice if someone actually enforced the no-feeding-the-birds bylaw and issued fines. Most families come ready with bags of bread even though this is prohibited, and prohibited for a good reason. Wouldn't it be lovely to have a pond that doesn't look like chocolate milk with garbage floating in it?

Also, I find it sad that some parents teach their young kids to ignore clearly stated regulations. It's just a bad start....

High Park Zoo, October 5, 2010 , posted by Nikki Scodras ,


I am a University of Toronto student and I am preparing to apply to the Ontario Veterinary College.

I am looking into gaining volunteer experience with a large animal veterinarian; would you be able to tell me who treats the animals at High Park Zoo?

Thank you for your help,

Nikki Scodras

Sunday Oct .3 2010, October 1, 2010

I have three questions!
1) This weekend on Sunday Oct 3 2010 will car be allowed to drive in the park?
2) Does the TTC still go in to the in the summer time?
3) Is the High Park Train still running this weekend?

Picnic, September 23, 2010 , posted by Clayre ,

My name is Clayre and I am a case manager for a community mental health program. Each year we get a handfull of woman who would like to go on a outing and take them somewhere. We have been to High Park in the past and I was wondering if you felt that anytime in October will be ok.

Trackless train, September 19, 2010 , posted by ginger

You should add some information about the trackless train to this site.

Cost of train, September 19, 2010 , posted by Colleen ,

I have been unable to find information on the cost of the trackless train ride through the park. Any information you could provide would be greatly appreciated! We are planning a trip to Toronto in October. Please email me the information if you could. Thankyou!

Do you have Sassafrass Trees, September 16, 2010 , posted by Jillian

Do you have Sassafrass trees, and are there any ecological projects going on with them at this time. If so, where in the park are they located?

lost and found, September 10, 2010 , posted by Rae ,

hi, do you have a lost and found department? I think I lost something in a parking lot there, and I also found a pair of ladies eye glasses. Please let me know.

thank you

lost backpack, September 4, 2010 , posted by Dave ,

Hi, I lost my blue and yellow Columbia backpack at Friday's Romeo and Juliet show. I thought I left it by the bike racks but when I returned (after a rainstorm) it was gone. It had a couple books, a pink water bottle and a kleenex box in it.

Picnic areas, September 3, 2010 , posted by Admin

Dear Jerry, Thank you very much for the info about the picnic sites!

Picnic areas, September 3, 2010 , posted by Jerry Hodge for HPCAC

Hi, I am the coordinator for the Welcome Centre and we have been getting some flak about picnic sites and permit bookings. We've been working with the Park staff to clarify the locations of the sites in the
tablelands north of the Grenadier Restaurant because there is one less site than marked there. Sites #7 and #8 have posts and locations correctly placed on the park maps but #9 seems to have been orphaned i.e. no tables and no post! After our discussions with Park staff we have decided to recommend the maze as site #9 until the end of the year. It's not ideal, but it works. Remember permits have priority and don't use campfires, charcoal or fire bricks (fire hazard and clean-up problem) Portable gas bbq's and Coleman's are OK. Enjoy!

peacock feathers, September 2, 2010 , posted by Niki Kavakonis ,

What do you do with the dropped peacock feathers? I friend of mine loves peacocks and peacock feathers and I would like to make her a piece of jewellery featuring some peacock feathers, for her birthday. Would it be possible to procure some?

(My previous message may not have gone through.)


Niki Kavakonis

bouncy castle , September 1, 2010 ,


can i set up a small bouncy castle for 8 kids somewhere in the park (where it does not get in the way of other people.

BBQ Questions, August 19, 2010 , posted by Dirk Weinrich ,

We would like to have a barbecue in High Park but are unsure about the modalities after reading the website:
So is it possible to bring a barbecue to High Park? And if yes, can it be used outside of the picnic areas (we are less than 25 people)? And if it cannot be a charcoal barbecue, what other options are allowed?
Thanks very much!

re: Splash Pad at High Park?, August 14, 2010

No splash pad - at least not that I'm aware of. Sorry...

re: Employment/ Volunteer, August 13, 2010

Dear Stephanie,

I know that animals don't care about proper grammar but you should really get your English right!

Regarding your note: this website is not dealing with job applications, sorry. Please contact High Park directly through the City of Toronto.

High Park Dog Park, August 13, 2010 , posted by Lisa

Hello there,

I just have a quick question. I wondered if the Off-Leash Dog Park in High Park is closed in the early evenings due to the Dream in High Park? Is this the case? What are the hours?

Thanks for your time,

- lisa

Employment/ Volunteer , August 12, 2010 , posted by Stephanie ,

Hi my name is Stephanie im 19 years old and i just recently moved to the area. i have bin to the High Park Zoo about 30+ times, i just never can seem to get enough of animals. Ever since the age of 12 i have bin working on horse farm and volunteering at vet offices and Humane Societies. i would really love to be able to obtain some more information on how i would go about applying for a full time, part time or volunteer position that will get me back around animals.
if you could get back to me with any contact names or numbers that would be greatly appreciated.
thank you,


High Park Zoo, August 8, 2010 , posted by Kevin Hill ,


I am a 17 year old high school student who is interested in obtaining some experience working with larger animals. My father is a Veterinarian in Etobicoke and I have worked for him at the clinic part-time since 12 years of age. My long term goals are to apply for Veterinary College.

I was wondering if you offer part-time (weekend?) or seasonal (summer) positions for students (even volunteer). I realize that its too late for this summer (and I am employed as a lifeguard elsewhere anyways) but I was interested in weekends or next summer.

Please let me know. Thank you.

Kevin Hill

zoo , August 7, 2010 , posted by andrea ward ,

Dear Zoo Keepers,

I purchased two chicks for my school for my children to learn about. I became very attached to them, brought them home, and watched one turn into a rooster. The couple loves eachother very much. The prean, clean and follow each other around. They are both large White Rock hens. Could you please consider taking them for the zoo. They are wonderful well kept chickens. I feed them organic grains, and lots of yogurt.

Splash Pad at High Park?, August 6, 2010 , posted by Catherine

Is there a splash pad at high park? If so, what is it near? What entrance would I use to access the splash pad?

Visit, August 5, 2010 ,

Hello there, My name is Hilda D. My centre (Roseland Daycare) would like to visit your park on August 19th 2010. I would like to know if there is any procedure i have to follow? I will be coming with 52children and about 15 adults. The children have heard so much about your park and can\'t wait to be there and have fun. I can be reach @416-763-0068

Thank you.

little children's swimming pool, August 3, 2010 , posted by Connie ,

I remember many years ago your park/picnic area had a little wading pool area/fountain for toddlers to play and swim in, do you still have it? If so exactly where is it located?

August 3, 2010 , posted by Myriam ,

I may have lost my watch Sunday night during the Romeo and Juliet performance? Reward.
Thanks, Myriam

Nature Programs/ Nature Trails, July 29, 2010 , posted by Michelle Ly ,

Hello Sir/Madam,
My name is Michelle and I am the fascilitator of a group called "Environmental Awareness Youth Ambassador". This project is funded by Shell Canada, and basically we are a group of youths planning to reduce carbon footprints. For example we're going to local restaurants, and supermarkets to convince them to use materials such that are more environmentally friendly (i.e. staying away from polyesterine/ styrofoam containers). In addition to this we want to get closer to nature and learn about many things plants and wildlife have to bring to our planet/everyday lives. I was wondering if you provide or can provide some tours/ nature walks in which someone will guide us through? It would be much appreciated.

Michelle Ly

re: reservation inquiry, July 29, 2010

Dear People who don't read notices on the contact page. Here it is again (for the 25th time):
We can't and wont' answer questions related to picnic permits, wedding photography and park regulations. Because this website is not maintained by the City of Toronto so we simply don't have the authority to issue permits, give you pricing information, etc, etc. Such questions should be send directly to the City of Toronto's Parks and Gardens Department. Thank you very mucho!

re: Zoo admission, July 29, 2010

Confirmed. There is no admission fee to pay to visit the High Park zoo. In return for the free visit, please remember: don't feed the animals no matter how tempting it is and please don't take pictures with flash on when the animals as looking at you...we'd all get upset if they flash-pictured us 1000 times a day. Thanks.

The Zoo, July 28, 2010 , posted by Frederick Agyeman ,

Hi, my name is Frederick and I work at a Daycare. I wanted to confirm that, there is no admission with regards to entering the zoo and viewing the animals. Thank you. My email is If you can get back to me, that will be great. Thank you.

Reservation for Picnic, July 28, 2010 , posted by Bindu ,

I would like to inquire for the reservation for picnic on August 17 around 100 people.
Please send me the details on

re: jogging, July 28, 2010

You can jog in High Park pretty much anywhere where there is no "no jogging allowed" sign. The trick is not to hit cars and bicycles at high speeds.

Great park and people, July 28, 2010 , posted by Stephanie ,

Hi there.
Just thought I would let you know about the wonderful experience my friends and I had at your park yesterday, July 27th. We all met up at Picnic area #3. There was a group of kids with a few of the staff in the wading pool. The staff made a point of making sure our kids were included in a water fight and spashing and having a great time. They were also allowed to participate in a water balloon fight. It was very much appreciated and the kids had a great time. What a wonderful thing for the staff to do with kids that weren\\\'t \\\'an official part of their group.\\\'
We also visited the zoo. There was a man there that walks the path every day. The staff knows him. He took time out to talk to our kids about the animals. What they ate, their personalities, their names. It was neat to see the animals rush to the fence when they saw this man coming!!! So kind of him to take the time with our kids and share his knowledge. Everyone learned alot. If you happen to see this man, please tell him the group on Tuesday, at about 5 pm, with four kids and two adults had a great time and said thanks!!!

Capybaras? When will they be back?, July 27, 2010 , posted by Brad ,

Hi, we came all the way from California to see the Capybaras (ok, so not just for that, but it was on the agenda!) and were VERY saddened to see they were temporarily removed. Can you tell me when they will be back?

Jogging, July 26, 2010 , posted by Jillian ,

I was looking for a nice \\\"safe\\\" place to jog in High park. I am new to this area and was wondering if there is any trail to run along.

Permit Fee, July 20, 2010

Hi, Why is your permit fee always listed lower than the actual cost of $80.48? It's misleading.

Water Lilies, July 16, 2010 , posted by Hyla Fox ,

I am looking to find some water lilies in a local park. (To use them as models so that I could do a water colour portrait). Are there any in Grenadier Pond? Or, could someone suggest where else I could look?

Many thanks.

Lost car Keys, July 12, 2010 , posted by Lisa Veber

My mother and i were at High Park Sunday July 11 between the hours of 5:00 and 8:00. When we got home after 8:00 we realized she had lost her car and house keys. We walked from the corner of Parkside and Bloor to the Jamie Bell playground, took some photos and then walked past the Zoo up the restaurant and then to the Food booth were we got fries. We then walked by the pool and then out the main entrance on Bloor St. I was wondering if anyone has dropped of any found keys.

They have a Hyundi Elantra door opener and closer with ignition key, 3 house keys, a big San Francisco keychain as well as a Disney Castle keychain.

If you have any word on if this has been found, please email me back or contact me at 289 808 5164.

Thank you for your time

Lisa Veber

Peacock Feathers, July 8, 2010 , posted by maryrose ,

Hello! I have a friend that is getting married in December and she is doing a peacock theme and needs a lot of feathers....I understand that they are molting now and was wondering if she could have/buy some of the feathers!?!?!?!? please let me know at

Thanks so much!


kids in pool, July 6, 2010 , posted by Denise ,


I have two boys under 3 and I'm wondering if the pool contains a safe shallow section where I can let the older one play without holding on to him the whole time.

previous posting, July 5, 2010 , posted by P Lewis ,

Sorry, I listed my email address incorrectly regarding the woman that I would like to contact me, could you please update it to read

Thank you!

Woman I'd like to contact, July 5, 2010 , posted by Pete ,

In late March of this year I met a woman at Dog Hill in High Park who was visiting 'the Hill' with her husband and daughters to watch the dogs play and consider which breed the future addition to their family might be. I would really like to reconnect with this lady to hopefully gain further insight into her illness... if she happens to read this or someone knows who this person is (mid to late thirties, 2 young daughters, fit athletic appearing husband) please contact me. We can confirm identity with details of our conversation pertaining to the illness.

Thank you!

Pool, July 2, 2010

Any idea where one can find the summer schedule for the outdoor pool in High Park? The recognition of the existence of a pool in the park is strangely absent from this site. The City of Toronto teasingly acknowledges its existence with a link to a schedule in the Summer Fun Guide, but the link doesn\'t work. When you peruse the Summer Guide old school (hard copy) there is no mention of a pool in the park. Any ideas out there?

re: Zoo, July 2, 2010 , posted by Zoltan

The zoo is open in September/October and as far I know you don't need to book a visit. Just be sure not to let the kids feed the animals.

High Park Zoo, July 1, 2010 , posted by Karen

Is the High Park Zoo open in September and October? Can a school bring students to the Zoo for a field trip? If so, do we need to book it?

public pool, June 28, 2010 ,

hi i would like to know how can i view the schedule, when is the pool going to open for public in your website. i tried going to the sports but can't find it.

thank you

lost camera, June 27, 2010

To whom it may concern,

On Friday June 25th, I lost my cannon camera in the parking lot close to the children\'s castle playground and the zoo.

On the camera are photos of my family and twin baby girls.

If anyone has found this camera, could you please contact me at

Thank you for your time.


job opportunity, June 24, 2010 , posted by Casey ,

Hello, I wanted to inquire about how one would work in your zoo, attending to the animals. I have a background in this field and am a curent volunteer at the Toronto Wilflife Centre. If you could give any information regarding this that would be awesome.
Thank you,
-casey cuff

June 23, 2010

I saw on your webpage that "no charcoal BBQs are allowed in the park."

So may I bring propane gas BBQs? or is there no personal BBQs allowed at all?

are there many BBQ stands for us to use?

childrens' programs, June 22, 2010 , posted by Victoria ,

Hi! I was wondering if you had any childrens' summer nature education programs for groups who visit the park. Any info. would be greatly apreciated!



order, June 22, 2010 , posted by David Sandler ,

this is David i will like to know if you can make chips and chicken on the 6th of July, my mum is celebrating her birthday party in Quebec and i will like to know if you can make chips and chicken for 180 people attending the party please let me know if you can make this order also it will picked up by a private pickup van and please get back to me with the type of credit card you accept i will wait to hear from you asap.


Wheelchair accebility, June 21, 2010 , posted by Melonie ,

We are big fans of High Park and are frequent visitors, I am hoping to bring individuals with mobility issues to visit also so...
Please if you can clarify if all the bathroom facilities are wheelchaire accessable? menaing, there are no stairs and/or curbs to get into the bathhroom and there are stalls large enough for a wheelchair to enter.
Please indicate which bathrooms are more accessible or appropriate? for example near the pinic area, near the dog park, near the zoo etc.
I apperciate your response to

Canada day events, June 19, 2010 ,

I read somewhere but can't find the info now that there are events for the family on Can day at High park this year. Can you send me the details please?

Swansea Reunion, June 16, 2010 , posted by Deanna

Hi Folks,

Just dropping a line to let you know about a Swansea Reunion taking place at the Swansea Legion on Saturday June 26th. Anyone who grew up in Swansea, on the west side of High Park, is welcome. We are expecting 300+ guests. The event starts at 7pm. Tickets are $17 and can be purchased at the Legion or at the door. Ticket price includes a light buffet, cash bar.

Feel free to contact me with any question: dee_deanna (at)


Birthday Party, June 14, 2010 , posted by Sudhakar ,

We are planning to have our daughter's birthday party at high park. We found out that you charge $53.50 per shelter. May we know how much time we are allowed to have the shelter?

Summer Employee party, June 14, 2010 , posted by Mila ,

Hello There
Would you able tell me, if you have a picnic spot with a indoor/outdoor facality?


Great site, June 13, 2010 , posted by skeg

Hi - visiting from Halifax, NS. What a fantastic website! Thank you very much for all the great info - comprehensive and well laid-out.

RE: dragon slide, June 11, 2010

Dragon slide, dragon slide, hmmmm, can't recall seeing it last time I was at the park. Check out pictures of the playground but no dragon slide there. Sorry...

RE: Lost collar, June 11, 2010 , posted by Website Editor

I am very glad to hear about the lost shock collar! As an activist for humane treatment of animals I condemn the use of shock collars as well as any other devices that inflict pain on animals. If anyone finds the shock collar, please destroy it and put it in the garbage. Or find someone who uses shock collars for their dog and ask them if they would like to give it a try around their necks.

Lost collar, June 11, 2010

Hi! I was at the park yesterday afternoon and lost a very expensive shock collar for my dog. It's blue and has innotek written on it. If anyone found it pls call xxx-xxx-xxxx (phone number removed by editor)

Plays in the park, June 9, 2010 , posted by Jocelynn Smith ,

Do you have any free plays going on in the park this summer if so when?

Lost tripod, June 9, 2010 , posted by Kim ,


I went to High Park on early Saturday morning , June 6 to take pictures and forgot the camera tripod there. If someone picked it up. Please contact me - my email is

Thank you very much

June 9, 2010

Do you still have the big dragon slide? I remember that from when I was a kid.

Black Oak Cafe, June 8, 2010 , posted by Adrian Blake ,

My wife and I are long-time High Park residents and we use the park every day. The one thing we've really been appalled by is the complete lack of maintenance of the Black Oak Cafe. We were very pleased when it was opened but in just a very few years we've seen it steadily erode to resemble a derelict building. The security enclosure and main door is full of graffiti, the paint is badly peeling on every part of the structure that's wood, there are no longer any hanging baskets (the ones that were there were abandoned and left to rot in their pots), and no repair was ever done when a nearby tree fell onto the structure supporting the hanging baskets a couple of years ago. The roof is covered with moss and appears that it will have to be replaced much sooner than it should. This is one of the first structures anyone (i.e. first-time visitors) see when entering the main park entrance from Bloor Street. It's a disgrace and shameful that this has been allowed to happen, especially since the city's largest park should be a role model for the rest of Toronto's parks. Who is running this operation and when will it be fixed?

Canada Day, June 7, 2010 , posted by Andrea ,

I'm wondering if there are any activities scheduled in High Park for Canada Day.

photoshoot permit, June 5, 2010 , posted by Isaac Oppong ,

Hi, i'm inquiring about getting a permit to have our wedding photos taken for an hour on saturday, august 7, 2010.

Fishing. , June 3, 2010 , posted by Sadaf ,


I was wondering, what kind of activities are permitted around the waterfront of High Park? Is public fishing allowed? Thank you.

Shakespeare in the park, June 3, 2010 , posted by Marjorie Andrews ,

Is there an event called Shakespeare in the Park.

High Park, June 3, 2010 , posted by Lucy ,

How long does it take to get a permit? Is alcohol allowed in the park? What is the parking fee?

BBQ, June 2, 2010 , posted by Jen

I read that there are no charcoal BBQ allowed on the High Park site but what about propane BBQ? Also,if I reserve an area to BBQ with more than 25 people, are there parkings reserved as well or is it just first come first serve basis?

May 31, 2010

Hello, I am just wondering where Picnic Area # is located exactly? I went to find it few days ago, only found #9 at the location noted #8 on the map. But not #8 itself. And there is this circle of tables, is it #8? Thanks!

Re: Snake in the park, May 31, 2010 , posted by Site admin

Dear Linda, thank you for sharing the snake-story. If you spent more time roaming around in the forests, marshlands and riverbanks of Ontario with your eyes wide open to nature you'd find that there are a LOT of snakes all over the place, wild and free, proud and beautiful. They are infinitely more scared of you than you are scared of them so if you do nothing and give them a chance to "go" away they will. But like all animals (and humans), they'll do anything to defend themselves and save their lives if they are attacked and cornered (although 99% of them can not possibly harm humans): so the strategy is simple: leave them be. Maybe take a picture to remind you of the diversity of species and the beauty of nature and be graceful that you are part of it.

Pinics, May 30, 2010 , posted by Hilda ,

I was unclear if BBQing was allowed in the pinic areas. And does one have to book ahead of time?

Careers, May 29, 2010 , posted by Sarita De Souza ,

I would be very interested in finding out what positions you have available in animal care at the zoo (currently), if there are any available. Thanks.

I saw a snake in the mini zoo roaming free! It was soooo scary! , May 29, 2010 , posted by linda , noor

im a student who went on a feild trip with the rest of my class to high park on may 5th. me and my friends really wanted to see the mini zoo and so after having lunch we made that our next stop. we enjoyed looking at the different animals and when we were leaving the mini zoo we saw a snake! It wasn't in a cage like all the other animals, it was just slithering around in the open!This is what happened, my teacher my friends and i were happily laughing and talking and leaving the mini zoo when all of a sudden one of my friends screamed "AAAAAAHH! SNAKEEEE!!!!" of course i didnt believe her at first i mean come on a snake out in the open, free, not in a cage? But when i looked down i had a heart attack! THERE ACTUALLY WAS A SNAKE! AND IT WASN'T IN A CAGE! YES, RIGHT THERE IN FRONT OF ME WAS A SNAKE! And im a person who hates all reptiles ESPECIALLY SNAKES! Im traumatised by them! And of course i wasnt the only one who had looked down and was shocked to actually find a snake right there in our feet!!!!! I started hyperventilating! I was soo shocked for a few seconds i didn't move! It wasnt until my friends pulled me that i started running up the steps leading out of the mini zoo! i cannot explain how i felt, what a scary experience it was for me, i mean of course i've seen snakes but that's on tv where i know im safe sitting on my couch and i know that it's not gonna come out of the tv or in the zoo where they are in a closed space not out in the open! But i NEVER would have thought i would ever come face to face with a snake roaming freely! It was the talk of the year!"Oh My God you know we went to high park and saw a SNAKE!!" I had been having the best time at high park and it was going to be my favourite feild trip up until we saw that snake! And for me that SNAKE changed everything! I still say it was a fun trip and i feel really cool when i tell people i saw a real live snake but i would think twice before going there again. I WILL NEVER FORGET WHAT HAPPENED!

zoo, May 25, 2010

there are also mandarin ducks

SAFE AT NIGHT?, May 20, 2010

I'm moving into the area and I've heard a lot of mixed comments about sketchy activity taking place in the park at night.
Is it safe to walk along Bloor street on the outskirts of the park at say 3 AM? It's a beautiful, relatively affluent area so I'm assuming it's been cleaned up a bit.

Please be honest and give me some tips :)
Much appreciated,

re: dogs off leash comment, May 18, 2010 , posted by Site Admin

Whoever left the comment about dogs not being allowed off leash outside the park and saying that the proper authorities have been notified: Good for you! I'm glad that you have lots of free time and thank you for caring about the safety of people visiting High Park. How about the "proper authorities" first make sure that there are no cigarette butts EVERYWHERE and beer bottles and other garbage and cars don't speed and people don't contaminate the waters with all sorts of junk and once all of the above is taken care of, only then start issuing $500+ fines for decent people who walk their 10 year old dogs off the leash.

May 18, 2010

Actually you are not allowed to let your dog off your leash AT ALL in off-leash areas. And I have already notified the proper authorities that this website is promoting illegal off-leash activity in High Park.

Class Visit, May 17, 2010 , posted by A. Kouimtzis ,

Hi I am a Kindergarten Teacher wondering about visiting high park with my class and what we could do while we were there....My teaching partner and I are considering Mid-June.

We were thinking about having the children walk through the trail near the pond up to Colborne Lodge and perhaps also visit the zoo. Are their guided tours of Colbourne Lodge during the week for this age group? Is there perhaps a little craft that they could participate in? Is there timing that we must be aware of?

Please advise. Angela Kouimtzis TDSB Teacher

Camping overnight, May 16, 2010 ,


I'm interested in camping out at High Park overnight. Is it okay to if I bring my own tent? We don't need a large space, just anywhere on the grass for just two people. Do we need permission from High Park? If we do it, would it be considered loitering or illegal?
Thank you very much.

Cherry blossoms are over, May 4, 2010

This post is to confirm that the Sakura (cherry) trees are no longer in bloom for 2010. They are very, very, very unlikely to start blooming again so please stop asking if they are still in bloom or not. They aren't:( Further inquiries in 2010 about cherry blossoms will be ignored.

cherry blossom, May 3, 2010

hey.. any of you visited the park this weekend? i am planning to visit the park next weekend and was wondering if the cherry blossoms are still there

Cherry trees on May 1, May 1, 2010

There are still some flowers on the trees but it's not as nice as last week and the week before. Not as enjoyable. But the trees are beautiful nevertheless. Even if you missed the early blossoming of the Sakura trees, there is so much to see and do in High Park that by the time you leave you'll forget that you went there for the Cherry blossoms. I'm not even sure why it's such a big neighbour's garden has a cherry Japanese...but it looked georgeous when it was blooming. And other trees are also in bloom. Just as nice to me, I like them all equally.

April 30, 2010

Can anybody please give some idea which part of the park still has Sakura in bloom? I want to go this weekend..

Blossoms, April 30, 2010

Hi, if I go today, are the blossoms still full bloom or are they gone? Previous comments on the 28th suggests both.

re: saturday or sunday?, April 29, 2010

Come're asking if it's better to go on a Saturday or a Sunday? Do you also need advice about what condiments to put on your hot dog? A little more independence please. Check the weather forecast maybe.

April 29, 2010

I\'m planning on going this coming weekend, is it better to go on saturday may 1st or sunday may 2nd and what time is best to go see? pls let me know! thx!

sakura is done., April 28, 2010 , posted by e1969

I went there today. Sakura is done. Be early next year.

Cherry trees still blooming, April 28, 2010

A quick update: the cherry trees are still in full bloom as of April 28.
If you're planning a visit on the weekend it may be your last chance to see the cherry blossoms this yearM

How to reserve parks , April 26, 2010 , posted by Alec ,

Who do we contact to make reservations for High Park. What are the possible costs, and what are some dates that it is available. Furthermore the what are some of the risk managements.

lost article, April 26, 2010 , posted by Michelle Norman ,

My name is Michelle Norman, I was at High Park on Saturday, April 24th. I may have lost my wallet at high park, the last time I recall seeing my wallet was at the restaurant around 1:00 pm. I am trying to find a number to call regarding lost articles but haven\'t been able to do that. Please contact me as soon as possible to let me know. Thank you. You can contact me at 416-856-2896.
Michelle Norman

Monday April 26, April 26, 2010

How are the cherry blossoms today? Going there for an engagement shoot, hope its still in bloom!

Wedding destination? , April 25, 2010 , posted by Mr Tracy Branch ,

Would like to inquire more information about a using High Park as a possible wedding destination. What are permit requirements (price, etc), what are restrictions with the areas in the park (i.e.: chairs, amplified sound, possible indoor option as inclement weather back up, etc.)

CHERRY BLOSSOM, April 23, 2010 ,

is it too late to see the cherry blossom on MAy 2? my sister is arriving from Philippines, and I think to see the cherry the cherry blossom will be a great experience.

re: community garden, April 23, 2010

The community garden is still there, it's called Allotment Gardens and it's located (surrounded) by the dog park. The cost for one unit is approx. $50/yr - call the City of Toronto to confirm.

Community Garden, April 23, 2010 ,

Hi, There used to be a community garden in High Park, no mention of it on this site. Is it gone?

Thanks kindly, Monica Duncan

URGENT: Cherry Blossoms, April 22, 2010 , posted by Anita Foley ,

Hello there,
I am leading a walking group on Sunday, May 2nd to see the Cherry Blossoms. Will we be too late??? I hear the blossoms are out already ...

Anita Foley

RE: Wheel chair accessible? , April 22, 2010

Yes, there are paved walkways by Hillside Gardens that are wheelchair accessible and the trees close to the Zoo's parking lot are also wheelchair accessible.

Wheel chair accessible?, April 22, 2010 , posted by karen

I am planning to see the cherry blossom this Saturday with my parents. Is wheel chair accessible for both of your cherry blossom walks? Thanks!

HIGH PARK FACILITIES, April 21, 2010 , posted by Carol

I vsited High Park for the first time today (Apr 21, 2010) and enjoyed the natural surroundings. However, the state of the washroom facilities was disgusting. It is exceedingly disappointing to find that the toilets were in a very unhygenic condition. Is this the city of Toronto?

timings, April 20, 2010

I would like to know the earliest timing in the morning that the park is open from and what time it is open till.

Thanks, :)

Cherry Blossoms, April 20, 2010 , posted by Bonnie Dickson

They Cherry Blossoms were in full bloom this sunday (april 18th).
They usually only last one week in our cold climate. So they may not look at beautiful next weekend. I suggest making the trip there this week if you want to see them.

Cherry Blossoms, April 19, 2010 , posted by monica ,

Will the blossoms still be in bloom on April 30th? How long do they usually last, I don\'t want to miss it =(

Cherry Blossom, April 19, 2010 , posted by Admad ,

Is the coming wkend April 24 - 25 a good time to come for Cherry Blossom?

re: cafes, April 19, 2010

Yes, there is a cafe / restaurant right by the parking lot next to Hillside Gardens (where the cherry trees are). The place is open for breakfast too.

cafes, April 18, 2010

i'm planning on visiting the park tomorrow for the cherry blossom and i haven't been in the area before so i was wondering if there were any nice coffee shops/lunch spots near by?

April 18, 2010

The cherry trees are in full bloom on April 18 but there are some buds that aren't fully open so the weekend of the 25th should also be a good time to see the beautiful flowers.

wedding picture, April 17, 2010

I want to take my pre-wedding picture in high park, do i need to get permit?

April 17, 2010

pls tell us if the sakura fully blooms. I plan to go there next week I don\'t wanna miss it

Lockers, April 17, 2010


Are there any public lockers at high park? I am interested in coming for a visit, and I am not coming with a car. Please let me know.

Sakura tree / cherry blossoms update, April 16, 2010

Hi everyone,
Are there any Sakura tree / cherry blossoms update for this Sunday? Looks like it will be better day of this weekend...
Thanks in advance...

re: picnic tables, April 15, 2010

If you are a small group and wish to picnic at High Park you don't need a reservation, it's first come first serve. Enjoy!

April 14, 2010

I have a commitment on April 17&18, so am planning to visit High Park on April 24 or 25. Would the cherry trees still be blooming or do you think it\'d be too late?

small picnic, April 14, 2010 , posted by Kim ,

Are there picnic tables in high park for a small, casual picnic? I know you have the 18 designated areas that require reservations but what if it's a small group? We don't need to grill anything. Do you have small picnic benches/tables scattered elsewhere in high park?

April 14, 2010 , posted by AK

Thanks for the update! Do they usually stay open for a week or so?

Blooms Apr-17 , 2010, April 13, 2010 , posted by Melissa

The High Park Nature Centre (see website URL below) is expecting the sakuras to start blooming Apr 17/18, 2010.

lockers, April 13, 2010 ,


Is there any public lockers at high park?

cherry bloom, April 13, 2010

I am planning to go this weekend April 17-18. I am pretty sure they will be fully bloomed by then :)

April 12, 2010

Thanks Renuka for your update!! Will check daily!!

Sakura, April 11, 2010

Went to see the Sakura today - the buds are still tight but pink. If you go to this link you can find some pictures i took.

Plan to go there pretty much daily till they open - will update here if I can.

SAKURA?, April 7, 2010 , posted by Tanya ,

Hey All .. I live out of town in London, and we want to come see the trees! Please SOMEONE let us know in advance when they're ready so we can plan a trip!

April 7, 2010

when was High park founded?

Cherry Blossom, April 5, 2010 ,


I would like to know if the Cherry Blossom season have begin this year? If not, when would be the time, where can I find more info? I understand it's in late April or early May.

May Day, April 4, 2010 , posted by Fleur ,

Hi there, I want to bring my children to the may day celebration this year in the park. Does anyone have any information about when it gets rolling and who is performing etc?

BBQ, April 1, 2010

Hi Michael,
You can use gas BBQs but not charcoal ones. If more than 25 people in your party you need to call the city to get a picnic permit, which costs around $70 for the whole group.

BBQ, March 31, 2010 , posted by Michael ,

You state on the picinic information page that no charcoal BBQ allowed and then a the bottom of the page you state most people use a combo of prepared foods and meat and veggies to BBQ. Sooo, can we barbque, are there desinated sites or what is the deal.....


March 31, 2010

Anyone knows how\'s the sakura doing? we would like to visit this long weekend.

March 31, 2010

Is the park open this Friday, Apr 2, 2010?

Sakura Hanami at High Park, March 31, 2010

with early spring, cherry blossoms would probably be early, too. we\'re planning to see mid-april.

restaurant, March 31, 2010 , posted by Jaybee

Are there any restaurants in the park? - I\'m hoping to hook up with some friends for lunch on Friday and thinking that would be a good place to meet.

when will high park distribute composite soil?, March 28, 2010 , posted by Grace

As I remembered, a couple of years ago, there had an event in one day in April. People can pick up composite soil there for free. Can we still do the same thing this year? and do you know when?

baseball, March 26, 2010 , posted by ct ,

Does anyone know how to get on a baseball/softball team that has its leage games in the park?

re: admission fees, March 26, 2010

No admission fees to enter High Park. It's free. Wohoo!
About your other question re: the cherry blossoms: IF ANYONE KNOWS WHEN THE CHERRY TREES BLOOM THIS YEAR PLEASE SEND US AN UPDATE! THANK YOU! A lot of people are interested so please share your updates with us on this forum. Thanks again.

March 25, 2010

Do we need to pay entrance fee to high park? Will we be informed via this forum when the blossom of cherry trees(Sakura trees)?

March 24, 2010 , posted by C

I was wondering if wedding photography is allowable in High Park?

Cherry Blossoms 2010, March 22, 2010

Hi, does anyone know if Cherry Blsooms will bloom earlie this year b/c the weather is getting warmer sooner? When will we know of the date?

school group tours, March 22, 2010 , posted by Karen Munro ,

I would like to book a tour of the zoo for my Grade 2 class in May or June. I brought my class to the zoo last year and the tour was excellent. I can\'t find the web site now.

Re: Photographer in dog park, March 22, 2010

Well, apart from contacting the police about this strange photographer, not much else comes to mind. The police may be able to set up surveillance or whatever they think is best to ensure the safety of park-goers.
(Please note that the editors of will not contact anyone regarding this matter, we serve only as a channel through which park visitors can communicate.)

Dog park Photographer, March 20, 2010 , posted by Anon

I've been visiting the off-leash dog park for over 2 years now and I really enjoy taking my dog there. Over the last year I noticed a man who is at the park everyday with a powerful camera. Last summer I watched him secretly take photos of several woman and girls while they weren't looking. I was shocked. I wanted to think the best so I ignored it. Well, he has continued to take secret photos of women and girls in the park nearly every week. I even saw him taking a photograph of me! I was so scared that I left the park immediately and I'm afraid to return. He is a large man with a shaved head and he has a large 'Dogue de Bordeaux' with him at all times. I would like to go back to the park but I'm too afraid. What should I do?

Location of cherry blossoms, March 19, 2010

The cherry trees are around Hillside Gardens and there are also some next to the children's playground.

March 18, 2010

Which part of HighPark are the Cherry Blossoms?

re: Cherry Blossoms, March 18, 2010

The Cherry trees (Sakura trees) usually blossom around late April and early May.

New born lamb, March 17, 2010 , posted by Simona Margaritescu ,


I just want to mention that we visited the High Park zoo today and noticed a new born lamb (umbilical cord still fresh and hanging) crying and disoriented. None of the adult animals were paying attention to it. Although I am sure that there is personnel taking care of the zoo animals I thought I should also mention that to you just to make sure someone is going to look into this matter and make sure that the lamb is going to be well taken care of.
Thank you,
Simona Margaritescu

March 15, 2010

hi...I was wondering if you know when the cherry blossoms will bloom this year. Thank you.

campgrounds?, March 11, 2010 , posted by Sonja

As far as I know, there are no designated campgrounds and I don't think you are allowed. But I'm not sure.
So are you allowed to camp in highpark ?

Weddings, March 11, 2010 , posted by BK ,

Hello there, I grew up in High Park, and so has my fiancee. We have a lot of memories in high park and would really love to have a quick ceremony for our wedding here. I've been getting mixed messages about whether they are allowed with a permit. There is a February 28, 2010 message posted that it is permitted. Please let me know if it really is allowed. I heard there is a new law no longer allowing photography either? I find this to be ridiculously horrible! There are so many people who have wonderful memories here and it should be permitted! How is this the only park in Toronto which would not allow the community to enjoy and share there special moments?

pine trees in high park, March 11, 2010 , posted by margot ,

I am looking for info on the names of the various pine trees in High Park...and any accompaning pictures. I am trying to learn about trees and if there is a list of the actual names of the trees in the park, i would greatly appreciate it. ie. scots pine, austrian pine? etc

preschool field trip, March 10, 2010 , posted by Miriam ,

Hi there, We are hoping to plan a field trip to HIgh Park for our preschool class. The dates we are looking at is May 17th and May 18th (there are two different groups we would be bringing). We hope to include a train ride etc for the kids. We would plan to be at the park for 10am and would leave around 11:30...coould you send me any info that may be helpful in planning such a trip.

Feeding animals in the Zoo , March 10, 2010

On 3 different occasion I have been in the Zoo with my small children and encountered a man, the same man, feeding the animals and encouraging young children to do so. He also seems to be too friendly with the little children, especially the boys. As a parent this makes me very uncomfortable and a bit concerned for our neighbourhood, and the children who play in our parks.
Perhaps the Zoo keepers should be advising this man to not feed the animals. He seems to be there between the hours of 1:00-3:00pm. The first time I came across him I thought nothing of it, but now I have been there 3 times and it just seems like strange behaviour too me, and my instinct tells me that something is not right about him.

re: photography, March 8, 2010

Absolutely. You can take as many pictures as you like but please stay on marked trails.

March 7, 2010

Hello, was curious if photography is allowed in this park? not wedding photography, just regular photography of the landscape and nature?

re: Zoo, March 5, 2010

Yes, the zoo is open on Saturdays.

About the zoo, March 5, 2010 , posted by Mahvish ,

Is the zoo open on saturday March 6th 2010 ?

High Park question, March 2, 2010 ,


Do you know when (date/ month) might the Cherry Blossoms be this year?

my e-mail is:


RE: hours, February 28, 2010

As far as I know the park if open 24/7 but you may not be able to drive in before 6am and after dusk.

RE: fire pits, February 28, 2010

I am not aware of any fire pits in High Park. I checked out the City's official website and it doesn't list "fire pits" in the list of facilities. If you want to have a campfire or BBQ by a fire-pit then you could go to the Center Islands. There are 4 fire pits on the Island Park but you need to get a permit first to use them.

Getting married in High Park, February 28, 2010

You can get married in High Park but you need a permit from the city first. Please call the City at 416-338-0338 (Access Toronto) and choose the Marriage Licenses option.

February 26, 2010

Hi, I was wondering if there are any fire pits that the public can use? Something similar to a campground fire pit is what I had in mind. Thank you.

wedding, February 26, 2010 ,

Can you get married in High Park and if so do you need permits or have to contact anyone

Hours of Operation, February 24, 2010 , posted by Mike ,

I was wondering about the park's hours of operation will be this Saturday February 27th, 2010.

re: Poisonous plants, February 21, 2010

someone asked about poisonous plants in High Park. I'm only aware of poison ivy but if you stay on the marked trails this shouldn't be a concern.

feeding zoo animals, February 20, 2010


We are writing to you to express our concern over something that we have witnessed in High Park at least five times in the past year. Every time we've gone to the High Park zoo, we've seen a man who does not appear to work for the park feeding the animals through the fences and encouraging small children to do the same by offering them his food. There are signs clearly stating that this is not acceptable behaviour and it causes us concern to see it. We're certain that it's been the same person each time. He's a middle-aged, caucasian man carrying a blue plastic shopping bag containing food.

We thought you'd want to know.

Concerned Residents Of Toronto Creating Harmony

February 19, 2010

Are there public lockers available?

Poisonous plants, February 17, 2010 , posted by Kelly ,

To Whom It May Concern:

I am wondering if you could tell me whether or not High Park has any dangerous plants/insects that a teacher or parent should be concerned about. I am creating a field trip and would like to bring my students to your park.

Thank you!

Re Litter, January 31, 2010 , posted by John Kattan ,

Hi there,

I want to advise you that the area of the park just south of the street car stop in the park area off Howard Park is filled with all kinds of litter and it has been that way for some time now. The street car stop area itself and its surrounding area also tends to be dirty. I suspect that the TTC drivers are partly to blame for this problem, and they should be required by the TTC to maintain they stop clean of debris. I walk by this area at least twice a week and have not seen any improvement (in fact it is getting worse). Thanks John

Park Permit, January 31, 2010 , posted by Ana Pereira ,

Hi I was just wondering if there is a permit fee that we need to get for wedding pictures?

Volunteer Work, January 21, 2010 ,

Is there any volunteer opportunities at high park?

Greenhouse, January 15, 2010

Is there a fee to enter the greenhouse at High Park?

snow on skii trails ?, January 13, 2010 , posted by DavidHenderson ,

I was plannibng to do some cross country skiing in the park as I haver done in past years. Now I live some distance from the park and have no knowledge of the amount of snow available on the ski trails or if it is apt for such usage.

Perhaps you would provide some encouragement and e-mail me with some information as to the condition of the snow base available for crosss country skiing on
the designated trails.

yours thankfully,
David Henderson

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