High Park Nature

Discover the natural wonders of High Park

Toronto’s High Park is home to one of North America’s most endangered habitats: Black Oak Savannah – a remnant of the sand prairie systems that once covered much of southern Ontario.


COVID-19 measures are in effect

Many regular programs are suspended.

Please stay on trail and avoid trampling plants while practising physical distancing.

All dogs must be on leash in High Park except in designated off-leash areas.

Learn more about using park and recreation facilities during COVID-19.

What's New?

New Treatment for Buckthorn Demonstration Trial Summer 2020

This summer Urban Forestry is partnering in a demonstration trial with BioForest, a forest pest management company, to manage invasive buckthorn shrubs using the bioherbicide Chontrol Peat Paste. The active ingredient Chondrostereum purpureum is a naturally occurring fungi in forest…

High Park is one of the few places where you can actually forget that you are in the middle of a city.

Sharon Lovett,
Leader of High Park Stewards

Sightings and What's in Bloom #nature #HighPark #HighParkNature #whatsinbloom

Cicada. Photo: Bob Yukich

What's that Buzz?

On the hot days of summer the air is full of the sound of cicadas. Read more about cicadas in High Park >>

Spicebush Swallowtail female. Photo: Bob Yukich

On the Wing

Watch carefully and you may spot this large Spicebush Swallowtail. High Park's abundant sassafras trees support Toronto's only known breeding colony of this southern species. Also watch for the yellow and black Eastern Tiger
Swallowtail. Read more about butterflies in High Park »

Woodland Sunflower. Photo: Wendy Rothwell

Savannah Flowers

This is peak flowering time for many savannah plants. Look for woodland sunflower, black-eyed Susan, butterfly milkweed, cup plant, big bluestem and many others. See the Savannah Flowers Gallery »


Wild Columbine
Aquilegia canadensis

Wild Bergamot. Photo: Sharon Lovett

Wild Bergamot
Monarda fistulosa


Solidago sp

Explore all the wildflowers of High Park, organized by colour and genus. A wealth of information at your fingertips!

Discover when you can find all your favourite wildflowers in bloom in Toronto's High Park.

PLEASE NOTE: All volunteer programs are suspended due to COVID-19.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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PLEASE NOTE: All tours and walks are suspended due to COVID-19.

Tours, Walks, and Talks

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Responsible Use

Resources, tips and advice on how to balance recreation and taking care of nature when visiting Toronto's High Park.

You can help protect High Park
Your voice as a concerned citizen lends weight to issues that matter to you, the community and the park as a whole.

If you see any behaviour infractions, dead animals, safety hazards or other problems in the park, call 311 or email 311@toronto.ca. More key contacts.

Make a difference by volunteering with High Park Stewards or the Natural Environment Committee.

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