If you’re looking to get the kids out of the house and explore more, why not check out High Park? The urban forest oasis is home to kilometres of hiking trails, a zoo, and an incredible playground to bring out the adventurer in you. With a rich history dating back to 1876, High Park has become a local hotspot to escape city life with the long drive. So grab your camera because we’ve outlined a few key spots to capture great memories and enjoy the great outdoors right in the city!
High Park spans 399 acres, with over one-third remaining in its natural state and 5 km of hiking trials. Be sure to check out the incredible amount of rare plant and tree species that can be found as you explore. After you’ve finished explore you can grab a bite to eat at the Grenadier cafe situated right in the middle of the park.
High Park Zoo
Since 1893 the High Park Zoo has been a popular attraction in the park for families. With free admission, families can get a chance to check out bison, llama, peacock, reindeer, highland cattle, emus, and sheep all within a short walk. Fun Fact: Two Capybaras escaped the Zoo in May 2016 and it took two months to capture them even though there were numerous sightings by locals and a Twitter account documenting them!
This playground will be sure to bring out the kid in you. As one of the largest playgrounds in Ontario, it was designed in part by children and includes castles, ropes, swings, ladders, and slides and surrounded by artwork by kids and adult volunteers. High Park also includes a variety of sports fields, tennis courts, picnic areas, and a pool for those hot summer days!