Walking Tours, Talks, Workshops & Nature Hikes

Bob Yukich

A variety of walking tours, hikes, talks and workshops are offered in High Park:

Free Sunday Walking Tours

- High Park Walking Tour Committee

Family Nature Hikes, Talks & Workshops

- High Park Nature Centre

Sunday Education Sessions (winter only)

- High Park Stewards

See also: Savannah Plants Guide




Download the 2017 Sunday Walking Tours brochure

Follow us on @HighParkWalks

When: 1st & 3rd Sunday of the month, including holidays.

Time: 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Where: Meet at the benches, across the road from the south side of Grenadier Restaurant in the middle of High Park.

Walks may go on wooded trails, so please wear appropriate clothing and footwear.

Walks are led by volunteer scientists, historians, and local naturalists who will help you to understand and explore High Park’s many significant features. Walking Tours are volunteer-led with the support of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation.

Karen Yukich


October 1

Passion and Poetry Writer Julia Bennett guides us through literary expressions of the park’s natural beauty.

October 15

Autumn Splendour Photo-Buff Walk Bring your camera or photo device and shoot nature’s colourful glory with High Park photographer David Allen.

November 5

Geological Wonders and Origins Frank Remiz, writer, researcher and student of geology, unearths the secrets of the park’s topography and geological history.

November 19

Art of the Park A trek around the many sculpture sites in the park with art teacher Grace Petrucci.

December 3

High Park through the Ages Local history buff Dave Berndorff traces the evolution of well-known spots in the park from original settlement to the present.

December 17

Holiday Hike An informal stress-relieving holiday outing. A brisk but casual social walk ending with hot cider at Colborne Lodge.


High Park Nature Centre

Family walks are great for all ages! No pre-registration necessary. Walks are led by staff of the High Park Nature Centre.

All walks meet at the High Park Nature Centre at 375 Colborne Lodge Drive unless special instructions are given. More information.

All Family Nature Walks are supported by Toronto Field Naturalists.



Recommended donation $2-$5 / person or donate-what-you-can. No registration required unless indicated.


Saturday, Dec. 2, 1:30–3:00pm - Know Your Nature - Family Nature Walk

Learn about the plants and animals in High Park from the young naturalists of the High Park Rangers group! We will explore woodlands and black oak savannah habitats to learn fascinating facts and connect with the nature surrounding us.

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Saturday, Dec. 16 & Sunday, Dec. 17, 10:00 – 12:00 pm, 1:00 – 3:00 pm - Decorate a Tree for the Birds - Special Event

Help decorate an evergreen tree in High Park with handmade pine cone bird feeders and edible garlands for the birds. Hike through the woods and learn how to feed chickadees from the palm of your hand, search the skies for soaring hawks and discover how birds like cardinals, nuthatches and woodpeckers survive the winter.

Fee/Suggested donation $10 (children under 3 free)

(Arrive early Saturday morning to join the Christmas Bird Count for Kids – a by donation event! You will learn how to use binoculars (bring your own pair if you have them), identify birds, and collect data to help with bird conservation efforts.)

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Saturday, Dec. 16, 8:00 – 9:30 am - Christmas Bird Count for Kids - Special Event

Round up your birding pals and help us count the birds! We will be hiking the trails of High Park to find the resident birds who are toughing it out this winter. The data we collect will be submitted through eBird to the Christmas Bird Count 4 Kids program and will help bird conservation efforts and contribute to Citizen Science.

Free! Suggested donation of $2-$5 per person

More details Pre-registration is recommended.

For more events within and outside High Park, see Other Groups & Events


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