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.


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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.

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What's New?

TRCA’s 2019 Terrestrial Biological Inventory of High Park View virtual presentation

Presentation Link and Follow-Up Q&As now available! Learn about the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority’s methodology, findings and observations as presented in the final High Park Terrestrial Biological Inventory Report, 2019. A question and answer opportunity followed the presentation. Urban…

Sakura – Cherry Trees in High Park How this Japanese tradition came to High Park

High Park’s cherry trees will not be accessible for viewing in person this year due to COVID-19.  Learn more about virtual blossom viewing. The ritual of Sakura (cherry blossom) Hanami (flower viewing) comes to us from Japan where it has…

Leave the Leaves for Wildlife and more things to do this spring… Don't clean-up your garden just yet insects need some time to grow

Now that spring-like weather is here, we gardeners are desperate to “get in the garden” but the insects need us to hold on just a little bit longer. Garden waste pickup begins next week (March 15) but we urge you…

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


Spring Bees

Cellophane bees are one of the first insects you can see in the dry open areas of the oak savannah. Read more about bees in High Park »

Eastern Comma. Photo: Bob Yukich

Butterflies in Spring

Eastern Commas are one of the park's earliest butterflies. They fly on warm spring days after overwintering as adult butterflies, hibernating in tree bark cracks and other crevices. Read more about butterflies in High Park »

Red-winged Blackbird male. Photo: David Beadle

Setting Up Territory

Red-winged blackbirds, robins, cardinals - and many more! High Park's resident breeding birds are already busy establishing their territory. Read more about birds of High Park »


Wild Columbine
Aquilegia canadensis

Wild Bergamot. Photo: Sharon Lovett

Wild Bergamot
Monarda fistulosa


Solidago sp

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

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

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

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

Tours, Walks, and Talks

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

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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