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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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.

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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

Hooded Merganser male with fish. Photo: Mike Taggart

Diving Ducks

During fall migration many diving ducks stop to feed at High Park's ponds. This male Hooded Merganser is gobbling down a small fish. Read more about ducks in High Park >>

Acorns. Photo: Karen Yukich

A Mast Year for Oaks

Every 4 years or so there is a bumper crop of acorns. This is one of those years! Read more about acorns in High Park »

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Hawk Watch

The High Park Hawk Watch runs until Nov. 30. Drop by Hawk Hill to see the action! Read more about watching hawks in High Park »

Columbine.

Wild Columbine
Aquilegia canadensis

Wild Bergamot. Photo: Sharon Lovett

Wild Bergamot
Monarda fistulosa

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Goldenrod
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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