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Colborne Lodge

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The spirit of the past in High Park

High Park, in the very center of the city, is an oasis where many are gathered citizens in the... read more

Reviewed December 12, 2018
violetadim
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Toronto, Canada
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Step back in time!

This place is filled with beautiful history. The great people that work there are so pleasant and... read more

Reviewed November 20, 2018
Sandra P
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This rare Regency picturesque cottage is a graceful monument to John and Jemima Howard, the couple who founded High Park. John Howard, one of Toronto's first architects, as well as a City engineer and surveyor, built Colborne Lodge in 1837. Drop in...more
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11 Colborne Lodge Dr. | (at the Queensway), Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2, Canada
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Reviewed December 12, 2018 via mobile

High Park, in the very center of the city, is an oasis where many are gathered citizens in the winter and summer. For everybody at a glance at all times of the year: sports grounds, zoo garden, skating rink, swimming pools, long walkways, children's castle,...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2019

Thank you for such a wonderfully thorough review violetadim! We agree, the park is also a great destination and a part of the history we tell here at the museum. And thank you for highlighting our seasonal programs around holidays - we like to make...More

Reviewed November 20, 2018

This place is filled with beautiful history. The great people that work there are so pleasant and informed! The tour was enlightening and you even get to sample some delicious cider and cookies that are created from recipes from that era. We were so pleasantly...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2019

Thanks for visiting Sandra! And we are so glad you enjoyed time traveling with us :)

Reviewed November 18, 2018 via mobile

Though I understand why they kept the house dim, it protects the paintings, at the same time I wish it had been more brightly lit so I could see everything more clearly. The tour guide was very informative and we enjoyed our visit immensely.More

Date of experience: November 2018
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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded March 26, 2019

Thanks for stopping by anetintime, and yes we hear you, Victorian lighting leaves much to be desired. We are talking with museum administrators to update our lighting in such a way that it would be an homage to authentic lighting (candles) and still give coverage...More

Reviewed November 30, 2017

Entertaining, educational and amazing to see the history of what high park was at one point! As a Toronto born and raised woman I am shocked I never saw this before !But happy I got to experience it!

Date of experience: November 2017
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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded December 8, 2017

Thank you so much Samantha for your visit and taking the time to review us too. We hope to see you again here soon :)

Reviewed November 28, 2017

Gem of a house designed and built in 1837 by John Howard, Toronto's first engineer and an early Upper Canada architect. We have toured many historic homes but this one had some unique features such as a basement kitchen with hardwood and brick flooring, a...More

Date of experience: November 2017
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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 30, 2017

Thank you so much Valerie for coming to visit us and sharing your history adventure with us! We hope to see you again sometime, maybe when the weather warms up at one of our festivals. Take care :)

Reviewed October 10, 2017

It surprised me as I did not have great expectations. We went there for a Harvest Festival and really enjoyed it.

Date of experience: September 2017
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ColborneLodge, Public Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2017

We are so happy you had a pleasant surprise! We hope you come back for more adventures with us through history.

Reviewed September 12, 2017

This used to be the summer home of Mr and Mrs Howard and eventually ended up being their permanent home in their advanced years. Learning about this couple's mark on the city was interesting. Visitors must do a guided tour ($7 including tax) which lasts...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2017

Thank you so much Wanderlust for taking the time to review us and give such great information to visitors. We hope to see you again :)

Reviewed August 13, 2017

Had to wait in the car parked along the street in the park as I couldn't find parking when my out-of-town visitor went into the gift shop. He wanted to buy some gifts relating to the Toronto area. Make sure you get here early to...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2017

Too true and a good tip for all visitors, we encourage taking public transit for this very reason. We hope he found a good keepsake from our shop!

Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

Colburne Lodge, in High Park is a really cool place to visit. A tour doesn't take that long, so you may want to combine it with some time in the Park. In this tour, you really are able to see the personalities of the people...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2017

Thanks for the review Tim! Glad you had a good time with us and we hope to see you at an event in the future now that you have done our house tour.

Reviewed June 11, 2017

This restored home of John Howard, the great benefactor of High Park, is a historical gem. Our group had a personalized house tour by a very knowledgeable costumed guide who brought to life the interesting evolution of Colborne Lodge and is illustrious inhabitants and servants....More

Date of experience: June 2017
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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2017

Thank you for such a lovely review! So glad you could join us here at the Lodge and we hope to see you again, maybe at an event now that you have done our house tour. Maybe a haunted walk or a wreath making workshop?...More

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