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Accidents, April 29, 2016 , zenyedi@hotmail.com

In the past few years there has been a major increase in traffic at the East gates of the park and through High Park Blvd. I notice that there are a lot of accidents at the intersection of Parkside Dr. and High Park Blvd, often while people are making a left turn. There are people speeding down High Park Blvd to beat the light at the intersection. I am afraid of someone, a child, a pet, getting seriously injured or killed with some of the dramatic collisions. This will be more obvious in the spring with the Cherry Blossom. Is there anything we can do before its too late?

Camera on the Cherry trees, April 28, 2016 , posted by RR

Put a camera on the cherry tree and every one can see what happen.

Bike trails , April 27, 2016 , posted by N , Nwl4b@cogeco.ca

Does the queens Quay bike trail go all the way past High Park ? What would be the best /safest way to bike to High Park from the Toronto Harbour Front ?

Group pinic , April 27, 2016 , posted by Claudine , Cisaac021@gmail.com

Good morning I just wanted to inquire about booking for the summer and had a few questions

no blossoms yet, April 26, 2016

no blossoms yet, i think not until mid May

Sakura Tree Blossoming, April 25, 2016 , posted by Nicole , nicelpenny@gmail.com

Hi Everyone!!

I live outside of Toronto and am unable to see the trees often. Does anyone know if the Sakura trees have bloomed yet? I'm looking to come down on April 30 (Saturday) how have they been looking lately?

Any response would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!

Cherry blossoms, April 24, 2016 , posted by Alden , Sarmientojd0412@gmail.com

Are the flowers of cherry blossom already out?

Dog Park not High Park, April 23, 2016

I stopped calling it High Park. I call it Dog Park. Irresponsible dog owners leaving there dogs off leash and not picking up the dog poop ruined the park. It's now uncomfortable for picnics and children. When asked to leash a dog, please. I, like others, get verbal abuse and threats on more than one occasion. It has got to stop!

Cherry Blossom Festival, April 21, 2016 , posted by Manthony , black_ryno@hotmail.com

A few years ago there was a festival happening during the cherry blossom period.
Does that festival happen on a particular date?
My friend Melissa wants to watch all the sketchy hippies on acid twirling around.

Cherry Blossom Blooming Prediction, April 21, 2016 , posted by Nobby Miura , nobbycosmic@yahoo.co.jp

[] Nobby's Fearless Prediction FINAL of Cherry Blossoms at High Park (Sent out on April 9, 2016 to Japanese Canadian community)

The cherry blossom prediction dates are now within the 14-day forecast. Thus, this is the FINAL of the prediction.

Because the 14-day forecast figures are lower than the average daily temperatures of the past, the prediction dates shifted by 3 days from the previous prediction two weeks ago on March 27.

Based on the calculated figures at this point, using the 14-day forecast, they are pointing the beginning of the blooming between April 20 and April 24 and the full bloom between April 26 and April 30.
The declaration of the blooming will be posted here:

* Note: Since April 9, the 14-day forecast shifted significantly to lower temperatures. The prediction above may be shifted a few more days later.

Past blooming records:

May 2, 2007 (Within the prediction)
April 26, 2008 (Within the prediction)
April 27, 2009 (2 days later than the prediction range)
April 12, 2010 (Within the prediction)
May 4, 2011 (1 day later than the predicted range)
April 5, 2012 (3 days later than the predicted range)
April 30, 2013 (Within the prediction)
May 9, 2014 (1 day later than the predicted range)
May 2, 2015 (1 day earlier than the predicted range)

* The definition of the blooming is that at least 5 to 6 flowers on at least two trees each among the three pre-chosen trees bloom.
* Full bloom means the condition where 90% of the flowers are in full bloom.

Note: I am not an expert on the blooming nor the cherry blossoms. I am calculating the figures with very basic pieces of information. I do not take any responsibilities if the prediction was off.

Nobby Miura P.Eng., M.Eng. 

?, April 20, 2016

What's happening? I keep getting conflicting news: bloom late april, late may, no bloom this year, cherry blossoms out next weekend which one is it? i don't live in toronto so i can't just keep checking in person every day

Cherry Blossoms +, April 18, 2016 , posted by Bill , billg@bell.net

Cherry buds as of 4/18 are still very small. If the bloom amounts to anything at all this year, it will be very late - as much as a month away by my reckoning.
But the zoo is a great place to visit while we wait. The Barbary lambs are so cute this time of year.

Climbing Trees, April 18, 2016 , posted by Jahrell Farquharson , jahrellfarquharson@gmail.com

I was just wondering if it's illegal to climb tress in High Park. I just entered a Aroborist program at Humber Collage and wanted to practice

Cherry blossoms update, April 18, 2016 , posted by Just Edward

Trees aren't blooming yet as of April 19. But park is already very very very busy! Impossible to find parking:(

Blossoms, April 13, 2016 , posted by Gail Etherington , gail@gerealtyinc.com

When will be the best weeks in 2016 to see blossoms. Will any be out on April 16 and/or will any be out in mid May ??

co-op possibilities for high school students, April 13, 2016 , posted by mary , maria.vitti@tcdsb.org

I am investigating co-op possibilities for one of my students from Monsignor Fraser College High School. Do you accept high school co-op students? Dates would be from late April to late June.
thank you,
mary vitti

Dog Off-Leash Map (DOLA), April 12, 2016 , posted by Maria , maria.nunes@alumni.utoronto.ca

The map showing the Dog Off Leash Areas in High Park can be found here:


dog park info, April 12, 2016 , posted by Maria , maria.nunes@alumni.utoronto.ca

"There are many open areas and trails inside High Park but it is not permitted to let your dog off leash anywhere outside the dog park area - people will get really mad if you do that, even if your dog is well behaved."

This is not accurate. There are a number of trails/walks that are designated "off leash", not just the dog park. If you can put up a map (maybe from a photo from the billboards in the park?), that would be really helpful.

I also think it's un-useful to state that "people will get really mad" if you don't keep your dog on a leash in an ON leash area. That's not the reason for the ON leash designations. So it's irrelevant whether people get mad or not, though it is perfectly reasonable to be upset when someone is breaking a rule that affects other users of the park.

That is, don't make the ON leash rule about pleasing other park users; it's about preserving the natural areas of the park.

Thanks for considering these suggestions.

Irresponsible Owners of Off Leash Dogs, April 12, 2016 , posted by Maria , maria.nunes@alumni.utoronto.ca

I am heartened to read here the experiences of other High Park users complaining about dogs that are OFF leash in ON leash areas. I lived near and have been walking in High Park on a regular basis since 1980. I have an allotment in the community garden. The increase in the number of dogs in the park in the last decade or so is alarming.

More so, I am appalled at the lack of courtesy shown by owners of off-leash digs who, when approached politely with the simple question "did you know this is an ON leash dog area?" respond with a range of responses from "no, thank you for telling me" and then carry on, to those who tell me off and call me names… and carry on. The excuses, the verbal attacks are beyond the pale!

I have, for a while now, wanted to find out how/if I can become a volunteer by-law officer so these irresponsible people can be held accountable for all of the offences they commit, as reported in other posts here. I have also, on numerous occasions seen owners let their dogs jump fences and run in areas being naturalized. Or worse, they take advantage of fences that have been cut and themselves accompany their dogs into these restricted areas!

I didn't realize that calling 311 was an appropriate place to make complaints. I will do that. But I may also start taking photos with my cell phone.

This has to stop! There are enough places in the park to let your dog run free. And if you feel it really needs that much more freedom, then move to the country, or don't get a dog in the first place. Because besides running through areas that are being naturalized, there are still owners who don't stoop to scoop.

zoo, April 12, 2016 , abradley@cltoronto.ca

When is the larger building at the zoo open with the bunnies, ducks and chicks?

GO train riders, April 11, 2016

The Lakeshore West line goes by High Park - commuters can see the blooming progress every morning. Sit on the north side of the train facing east and you'll see the trees by the pond and even some by the Queensway

Trees, April 11, 2016

No way we will see the Sakura bloom in April. I had to scrape frost off the windshield this morning and it's the 10th. Can this cold spell have frozen the buds? I hope not but it's not even unthinkable.

Cherry bloom prediction, April 11, 2016 , posted by Kal

There is snow on the ground so me thinks blooming is not imminent.

cherry tree, April 9, 2016 , posted by colin , fengwang100828@gmail.com

When are the cherry trees start blossoming? Should we expect sometime next week ?

cherry blossoms, April 8, 2016 , posted by Raihan , raihanm7@hotmail.com

I'm a Montrealer and as per this site, cherry blossoms forecast on late March where in some other related sites it says late April, so just wondering which one is correct? a response will be greatly appreciate. Thanks.

Cherry Blossoms , April 7, 2016 , posted by Chris , Cjross66@outlook.com

Have the cherry blossom trees bloomed yet and if not will they bloom by April 12th?

Cherry Blossom, April 6, 2016 , posted by Thereza , thereza_c@hotmail.com


I was wondering when the Cherry Blossoms will start blooming?

Thank you

Cherry Blossom, April 5, 2016 , posted by Al , alleung555@gmail.com

I heard there are cherry trees in Burlington and Center Island. Any idea when they will bloom?

Marriage proposal at High Park, April 5, 2016 , posted by Marvin Velazquez , info@theheartbandits.com

I'm helping someone with his marriage proposal and he wants to know if he can do it at High Park. His idea involved having his friend take his girlfriend to the park where they would come upon a tent with a fortune teller. Inside the teller would give them a fortune. His girlfriend will get a fortune to step outside where he would then appear in a knight costume riding a horse and will propose to her.

Is something like this possible at High Park? We have contacted a horse company and they said they can bring the horse to High Park. We have a fortune tell that can do it but would we need a permit to setup a tent/canopy in High Park? If so, what is the cost/process of doing that? If this is possible, is there a recommended location where it can be done at?

Where is the chess club located in High Park? , April 5, 2016 , kiddo.ditto@yahoo.ca

I want to know where the chess club (building/area) is located in high park and the closest way to get there by bus

Scattering cremated remains, April 3, 2016 , posted by Shelley , Shelley.bertrim@sympatico.ca

Can you scatter cremated remains in the park somewhere?

Cherry Blossom, April 2, 2016 , Fobsterr@hotmail.com

When will the cherry blossom trees bloom? When should I go and make a visit?

Inappropriate Content, April 1, 2016 , posted by Sal , mr.salavati@gmail.com

You don't have to bring your crying two year old child and two dogs when the crowd is the biggest. (And I say this as a father of a crying two year old and two dogs). It'll be so much easier for everybody if you go during off-peak hours.

This is inappropriate content on your site. Please be more inclusive.

Cherry Trees, March 29, 2016 , posted by Rohit , rohit@brandmuller.com

Hi there -

I was wondering when the cherry trees start to blossom or if they already have? Can you advise when the best dates are to visit?

Thank you!

Rohit Sardana,
Toronto ON

Cherry trees, March 28, 2016

Does anyone know if the cherry trees will be in full bloom in 2016 in April given the mild winter?

Wild Turkeys, March 27, 2016

Wild Turkeys in High Park

In the past two months, I observed two Wild Turkeys on the location at shoreline.

I thought that it was a really nice opportunity for city folks to appreciate the vulnerable wildlife at large.

Kind of spontaneous situation to learn about and respect the wildlife…

Over the past several days, I noticed these wild birds behind the fence near the avian area of the park’s Zoo. Just wondering if keeping the Turkeys in the Zoo is deliberate?

Covered areas for rent , March 23, 2016 , posted by Amanda , islivdan3@hotmail.com

Are there covered areas that can be rented for a picnic?

Rent Space, March 23, 2016 , posted by Jaynie , events@koreatimes.net


I'm planing to have an event at High Park.

Is it available to rent a space for ard 150 people? If so, can you let me know what dates are okay on June?
I want to book on Saturday or Sunday.

Please let me know.



bird watching, March 18, 2016 , posted by jason brum , jason_brum@

I was out at the park earlier this week for a chilly bike ride and as i stopped near Gren. Pond I caught a glimpse of this little guy... awesome bird , this is why i love high park !! :)


Inquiry About Tallgrass Restoration and Conservation, March 17, 2016 , posted by Kailey Michnal , kvmichna@gmail.com


I am a graduate student at York University working on an MSc in Bumblebee Conservation Genomics. Currently, a handful of partners and I are working on a literature review on tallgrass prairie conservation and restoration in Ontario, and I am hoping to ask you a few questions about the maintenance of High Park's prairie. Primarily, we are interested in exploring the idea of converting some of Ontario's grazing fields to tallgrass prairie to a) create habitat connectivity between existing remnants of tallgrass prairie and b) provide incentive for landowners to encourage growth of tallgrass prairie on their land. Our thoughts are that by converting grass field to tallgrass prairie, landowners will profit from both the livestock feeding on the prairie and from the grass yield from annual mowing. Since prairies require regular burns, mowing prior to burning should not disrupt the natural cycle of the prairie ecosystem. However, finding literature on recent controlled burns in southern Ontario and associated costs has been difficult. I am hoping that I may ask you a few questions about your controlled burns to effectively build upon our idea and gather proper literature so this recommendation may be included in our review. I hope that my questions are not too forward or invasive, and that you will be able to provide answers, even if approximate values are necessary in some responses. I would greatly appreciate a response as soon as you are able. This recommendation has come up just as the final report is being drafted and unfortunately our due date is March 29, 2016.

My questions for you are:

1) How often are controlled burns performed on the High Park prairies?
2) Is there a protocol you follow during these burns?
3) What maximum temperature do you allow the fire to reach?
4) How do you extinguish the fire?
5) May I have approximate annual costs for controlled burns (including training personnel, hiring professionals, maintenance, etc.)?

Thank you kindly in advance. I look forward to your response!


Kailey Michnal MSc Candidate

drones, March 17, 2016 , posted by Ryan Lam , ryanlam115@gmail.com

Can I fly my drone for scenery at the park?
What about during off peak hours ? Sunrise /Sunset when there is less people?

Lost wallet, March 12, 2016 , posted by Narbeh Khachikian , Narbehk@ca.ibm.com

Possible I lost my wallet at the parking lot close to the zoo entrance. 416-731-2622. Narbeh

Thank you.

Emu, March 11, 2016

Today my family was at high park zoo and we saw the lighter coloured emu swallow a bottle cap. We hope it doesn't get sick or hurt.

Llama feeding, March 8, 2016 , posted by Jay , calvintran777@gmail.com

I was wondering if the llama feeding is all year round too? I was planning to visit soon and was just wondering if they'd be around when i visit the zoo with my kids

petting zoo, March 8, 2016 , posted by Bruna , bruna.seixas.lima@gmail.com

Hi, just wondering if the petting zoo is already open?
Thanks in advance.

unleashed area, March 3, 2016 , hbourne@axxent.ca

I LOVE High Park and my favourite area is walking along the ravine through the oak forest along the pathways there. I recently took an out of town friend to show her the beautiful trail only to find fences and multiple cattle gates along the trails that you would find on a farm not a city park. I apologised to her being embarrassed at how ugly it was. I know this has now been converted to a dog leash area. There is a large dog leash area anyways, does the most lovely part of the park have to be as well?

re: cherry trees, March 3, 2016 , posted by Admin

re: the first cherry tree question for this year
for: Sarim:

It's very hard to predict ahead of time when the trees will be in full bloom. Usually late April / early May. Starting mid-April there will be frequent updates on the website about this and many people will be posting in the forum about dates.

Depending on your preference, just a note that when the trees are in full bloom, the park is packed with people so it's be very hard to find a private spot to propose. Just a thought.

Good luck!

Cherry Blossom Proposal, March 1, 2016 , posted by Sarim Ali , syed_sarimali@hotmail.com


I was wondering if you have an estimate as to when the cherry blossom trees will be in full bloom this coming year, or is that not available right now?

Also, I am looking to propose to my girlfriend at the park when they are. Is there any way you can assist me in this? Whether it is a gazebo, or a sign with the flowers, or in any capacity. I am sure there have been such occurrences in the past.


off leash dogs , February 21, 2016 , posted by Ryan

First, i've had dogs during my life as pets, i enjoy them and their company, but always been a responsible owner. having a dog as a child helped teach me responsibility. I've never been too far one way or the other regarding dogs being off leash in the park or not, but today was my tipping point in forming an opinion. My wife and i were on a walk today and first an off leash dog charged us and jumped on my wife on spring road. not a word of apology from the owner or remorse; my wife was covered in mud but we carried on. Note- my wife was recently pregnant and much more sensitive to dogs jumping on her at that point but we brushed it off. We continued walking to the area on grenadier pond where the 2 wild turkeys have been taking up habitat in recent weeks, a dog was off leash went under the gated area where the turkeys have been calling home and chased and scared them all over the place. the turkeys were clearly in distress and it was a shame. the owner, while embarrassed, did little to rein her dog in other than casually call it's name. good on a passerby to say what are you doing with your dog off leash in an area like this and look what it did. Dog Owners- your dogs are your responsibility and they represent you, and in these 2 cases above, poor common sense and poor common courtesy. Dogs are absolutely welcome in the park along with all animals but they are not above all else and need to be kept in control. Be responsible, be smart, and be respectful if you're bringing your dog into the park. we've periodically come across people in the park encouraging us to call 311 when we see dog antics in the park like this, today is the first time i'm going to and would encourage others to as well. this has to stop and owners need to be more responsible. respectfully submitted in hopes of positive change.

Grenadier Pond Skating Conditions, February 13, 2016 , posted by ron , ronsnash@gmail com

Whats the skating conditions like on the pond today

Bunnies need a home , February 11, 2016 , posted by Lindsay , Lindsay.roberts7@hotmail.com

Hi there, my dad and I love rabbits and we breed them but they're not selling like we want them to. It is becoming too much for us to handle because we are busy. We want to find a nice home for them and they're friendly bunnies. Would you be interested in taking in some rabbits?


Tree identification, February 7, 2016 , posted by Jennifer McGregor , jennifer.mcgregor@outlook.com

Hello, My family and I were in High Park yesterday and fell in love with a tree but don't know what it is. Can you please let me know what the tree is that is across from the Greenhouse on the (NE?) corner that is excellent for climbing with very uniform branches and small perforated leaves? It was directly across from the large planter where the road and driveway to the back of the greenhouse intersect. I have a photo I can email you, I cannot attach it in this online form, however. Many thanks! Jennifer McGregor

Mud, February 3, 2016 , posted by Deirdre , info@kutasi.com

I love High Park & have been going everyday with my dogs for the last 20 years. In past years you used to put wood chips on the trails. It used to help with the mud and the ice, but you have stopped doing it in recent years & was hoping you could start doing it again. The mud is very treacherous right now & it would make the park a lot safer & cleaner.

I love high park, February 2, 2016 , posted by Jesse Martin , Finolaiscute@gmail.com

Hello , I'm not sure if I'm in the right spot with regards to my question . But I love high park and live right up the street . I have a dog and we love the off leash paths . My wife and I also walk the circle road every evening and it is really quite lovely and calming , most especially in the summer . I have seen people driving around with a "I Love High Park" sticker on the vehicle and I was wondering where I would be able to acquire one for myself. If you could send a few to me I would really appreciate it or please help redirect me. Thanks so much and have a nice day !!
Jesse Martin
70 high park avenue
Unit 1102
Toronto , Ontario , Canada
M6P 1A1

Population/Attendees who visit, February 1, 2016 , posted by Stefanie , stefanieince@dystoniacanada.org

Hi There,

I'm interested (if you have this inforamtion) in how many people on average attend High Park in June? Any numbers you have (annual visitors, monthly visitors, weekend visitors) would be great! Thank you! Stefanie

gift shop, January 27, 2016 , posted by Anne Deen , theluckydipcompany@gmail.com

please may I have the email address of the buyer for the gift shop

Beware of Car Theft, January 25, 2016 , posted by Michael

Yesterday my digital camera was stolen out of my car which was parked in the lot across from Grenadier Cafe. It was stupid of me to have left the doors unlocked with valuables inside but it is also frustrating to know there are criminals lurking in a park I have been coming to frequently for so many years. It was between 4:00 and 5:00pm Sunday afternoon.

Coyotes, January 14, 2016

Jan 14, 2016
There were 2 coyotes running across Durie Street, just north of Bloor, a day ago. I worry about my cat, as I understand the neighbour's cat has gone missing and probably because of a hungry coyote.

Dogs Off Leash, January 9, 2016 , posted by ,

As for people concerned about dogs off leash. Call 311 and report it to Services Toronto. I've spoken with a city councillor, and if 311 gets enough calls, they will eventually send an officer to High Park whose sole job is to police the issue.

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