Neighbourhood: High Park

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Location: Bloor Street West, west of Parkside Drive and east of Ellis Park Road and Grenadier Pond, south to The Queensway. Transit: High Park subway station.

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 400-acre tree-filled area features tranquil paths, a mini-lake (Grenadier Pond) and diverse recreational activities. The playgrounds, animal paddocks and other attractions of the park are ideal for a leisurely afternoon of exploring with young children.

From late April to early May, the gardens in High Park are an especially wonderful place to explore as the cherry trees are in full bloom. Sakura are plentiful and definitely worth a visit but go early in the morning to avoid crowds!

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.