Location: Bloor Street West, west of Parkside Drive and east of Ellis Park Road and Grenadier Pond, south to The Queensway.
Stately Victorian and Edwardian homes line the winding residential streets surrounding Toronto’s largest greenspace, High Park. About a 20-minute subway ride from downtown, this tree-filled area of the city enjoys easy access to the tranquil paths and diverse recreational activities of the nearly 400-acre oasis.
The playgrounds, animal paddocks and other attractions of the park are ideal for a leisurely afternoon of exploring with young children. And visitors of all ages will love the European charm and café culture of the nearby shopping district, Bloor West Village. Take the Bloor-Danforth subway line to Keele, High Park or Runnymede stations for easy access to both the park and nearby shops.
As you stroll westward along Bloor Street West, the delectable scent of fresh-baked goods will entice you from the sidewalk. Bloor West Village boasts authentic European bakeries and delicatessens, some specializing in homemade perogies and other Ukrainian delicacies.
The Village’s cluster of boutiques, fruit and vegetable stands, cozy patios and welcoming pubs are perfect for browsing and people-watching. Assemble your High Park picnic or find a bistro table to enjoy a cup of coffee and a baked-that-morning pastry. A couple of hours in this leafy, family-friendly neighbourhood will recharge your batteries for the rest of your Toronto visit.
High Park Cherry Blossoms
In late April to early May, the gardens in High Park are an especially wonderful place to explore as the Sakura trees are in full bloom. The cherry blossoms are plentiful and beautiful and definitely worth a visit.