An Oasis of Tranquility in the Midst of the Big City Toronto: High Park (Part 1)

High Park – Toronto’s Largest Park

Did you know Toronto has more than 1,500 parks? High Park, opened in 1876, is the largest one, with over one third of the park remaining in a natural state – wilderness alongside beautiful maintained gardens. High Park is famous for the cherry blossoms. Hiking trails, dog park, sports facilities and a beautiful lakefront. You can find even a small zoo!

During these times, there are almost no people in the park… On Sundays mornings you can have the park all for yourself! Before you go, you must take the Ontario Ministry of Health self-assessment for COVID-19.

With crowds gone, it seems even the chipmunks lost their shyness and boldly jump in front of passersby, posing for photographers or maybe hoping to get some nuts in exchange for their cuteness.

Chipmunk - High Park Toronto

High Park Toronto Snapshots

High Park Toronto

The Hippie statue, High Park Toronto

High Park Toronto

Grenadier Pond - High Park Toronto

High Park Toronto flowers

Purple Flowers

Lots of flowers, almost all are purple!

“Flowers are the sweetest things God ever made and forgot to put a soul into.” – Henry Ward Beecher

Purple flower


Bumble bee


Wild blue flowers


Purple flowers


Purple flowers

Purple flower

Wild Geranium


High Park Zoo

The small zoo keeps sheep, cattle, llamas, reindeer, yaks, bison, peacocks, emu and other small animals and birds. In May 2016 a pair of capybaras  escaped the zoo and wondered the city until the end of June when they were captured and nicknamed Bonnie and Clyde. One year later the pair became parents to three baby pups. (Wikipedia)



More nature photos in the High Park Toronto part two.