This large, centrally located park is a jewel in Toronto’s park system. High Park combines extensive natural areas with maintained parkland, recreational facilities and popular attractions for a unique urban park experience that can be enjoyed year-round. Recognized as one of the most significant natural sites within the City of Toronto, over one-third of the park remains in a natural state. High Park is home to many species of wildlife and contains an outstanding concentration of rare plant species.
This park features: Natural areas and walking trails, sports facilities, historic Hillside Gardens, Children’s Garden, Grenadier Pond, High Park Zoo, Colborne Lodge, Trackless Train
Colonel Danforth Park can be found northwest of Lawrence Avenue and Meadowvale Road. If you follow the park trail to the northwest, you will find Morningside Park. Go southeast and you will find the Lower Highland Creek Park. This stretch of green space is another gem of a ravine in Toronto featuring the Highland Creek Trail. Wildlife, interesting plants and Highland Creek make this a wonderful walk in the east end.
WILDLIFE – Good spot to watch the fall salmon run up the Highland Creek.
This 44 hectare valley wilderness park offers more than 2 km of pedestrian/bicycle trails as well as plenty of undisturbed woodland excellent for nature walks. Park facilities include a winterized fully-accessible washroom, drinking fountains, a water tap, picnic area and fire pits. Alexander Milne first settled in the northern end of the valley now known as Wilket Creek following the War of 1812. From this period until the 1950s it was known as Milne Creek. Wilket Creek Park is known for its mature coniferous and deciduous forest communities. Mature stands of Eastern Hemlock, Sugar Maple, American Beech, Red Oak and Hop Hornbeams thrive along the valley walls. A diversity of species may be found within the valley, including such rare plants as Canada Sicklepod (Senna obtusifolia), Snakerod, and New York Fern. Some uncommon bird species have also visited during seasonal migrations.
This park is reminiscent of summer camp — seemingly far removed from all things urban and industrial. It houses multiple bike and hiking trails as well as sports facilities, but it’s when you get to the park’s centre that you realize it feels like the city has been left behind. If it hadn’t been for activist’s like Jane Jacobs, this green space would be the Spadina Expressway.
A quiet 3.4 hectare park near Castle Frank Road and Bloor Street East featuring an entrance with ornamental gates, a mature tree canopy and a dog off-leash area. The park is adjacent to Milkman’s Lane with access to a ravine trail and the Don Valley Brick Works.
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