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.
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