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“High Park is the Ultimate City Perk”
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High Park
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14-Minute Helicopter Tour Over Toronto
Ranked #9 of 515 things to do in Toronto
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Popular urban oasis offers a variety of outdoor recreation including ice-skating, baseball games, nature hikes and exploring the park's greenhouse.
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“High Park is the Ultimate City Perk”
Reviewed June 25, 2013

High Park is Toronto's answer to New York's Central Park. Although not as far reaching as CP, High Park has many trails, vistas and tucked away places to relax in the sun or shade. The park is right across from High Park subway station too, so it's a breeze to get to. Lots of parking available inside the park as well.

While I'm not a huge fan of zoos, there is a small grouping of animals in one section which affords young kids the chance to see something unexpected in the middle of the city.

The play area has beautifully rebuilt wooden park equipment, restored, after a fire, to its former glory and beyond by our very own Mike Holmes (of TV show "Holmes on Homes"). When the weather is cool you can find a cart close by this area with freshly roasted nuts to warm your hands and to help pack the stockpiles of local squirrels for the coming winter.

A visit in spring time is especially exciting as tourists and locals flock here for photo ops with the cherry blossoms. The park is quite busy at this time so take your time and bring your patience to get that ultimate photo of the flowering trees.

The restaurant has decent food, even for Sunday brunch, and there is always an ice cream cart somewhere close by. This park is loved and enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. If you've got the time during your stay in Toronto I would recommend lazing away one warm summer afternoon there. Once evening comes, walk over to Bloor West Village for drinks and dinner on a patio and people watching.

Visited July 2012
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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“Lovely day in the park”
Reviewed June 23, 2013

The Park is very large and has a lot to see and do. Off of Bloor St West this park was amazing. We had rented bikes for the day and stopped for lunch and the bartender told us it was only 8 minutes away and worth a ride. She was correct. Lots of shade and trails and a beautiful lake. It was a lovely afternoon in the park. We even went back 2 days later for a walk.

Visited June 2013
Thank Lorraine J
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Toronto, Canada
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“Quite Crowded but Beautiful”
Reviewed June 16, 2013

Great park to visit for half day. hard to get a parking spot. If you decide to go around Grenadier pond - don't .. there is no path on the west side of it. you will end up walking along a residential street without a view of the pond.

Visited May 2013
Thank Toli M
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Geelong, Australia
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“An Oasis!”
Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

What a lovely place!
If we hadn't been told we'd never have known about it, and it is just beautiful!
Boundless bird life, including scores of Canada Geese and one very spectacular white swan: gorgeous little squirrels being so beautifully cute.
A lovely green warm and inviting park - whT don't more people know about it?

Visited June 2013
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Omaha, Nebraska
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“Go for the neighborhoods, not the park.”
Reviewed June 11, 2013

High Park is nothing special, however, the area to the east is fantastic. Toronto lacks green space, so for the city, I suppose this is as good as it gets.

Visited June 2013
Thank max_webster
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