High Park, with its numerous cultural institutions, sports facilities, playgrounds and even a zoo, is the largest park in the Canadian metropolis Toronto and serves as a recreational area for locals and visitors alike. About a third of the park is left in its natural state and is home to both large groups of trees, shrubs, grasses and Canadian flowering plants as well as the many species of birds that are native to the area. High Park is especially beautiful late April and early May, when the Sakura cherry trees around Hillside Garden are in full bloom and spread their wonderful fragrance. The first of these trees that now make up a huge big pink canopy were given to High Park as a present from the citizens of Tokyo, while later on more and more Sakuras got donated by various sources.
Families with children will find numerous playgrounds, such as the popular Jamie Bell Adventure Playground, and a small zoo with Llamas, colorful peacocks, the majestic buffalos and many more animals. On and around the smooth waters of the Grenadier Pond, ducks, geese and an army of croaking frogs have found their home and wait to be observed along the hiking trails. Dog owners usually congregate at the dog park, where they can let their pooch off the leash and run free, while sport nuts can be found around the tennis courts, swimming pools, baseball diamonds or on the skating rink. Furthermore, regular cultural events are held in High Park, such as concerts or races.
High Park is open year round 24/7, is conveniently located and can be easily reached by public transport. The Bloor-Danforth subway line makes a stop at High Park station, from where the northern entrance to the park is only a short walk away. If you plan on arriving by car, you will find public parking available for example by the Grenadier Restaurant or along Deer Pen Road.