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

Some regular programs are resuming.

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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High Park Movement Study and Survey Your Opportunity to Speak Up for High Park

The City is launching the High Park Movement Strategy: “a study to improve the travel network for High Park and better serve park users and the community.” The first step is an online survey.  More information can be found on…

LDD (Gypsy) Moth Caterpillars Lymnatria dispar dispari - The "LDD Moth"

If you’ve been walking through wooded areas in the park recently, you may have heard what looks like a gentle rain pitter pattering around you. Not rain, but the munching of hundreds of Gypsy Moth caterpillars! They have been feeding…

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…

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

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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

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

Caterpillars, Moths and Butterflies

August 1 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
The High Park Sunday Walking Tours are starting again! Join Don Scallen for a talk and walk about caterpillars, moths and butterflies. Meet at the benches, on the south side of Grenadier Restaurant at 10:30 a.m. COVID guidelines will be…
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August 15 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
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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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