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Walk, bike, take transit, or drive to the High Park Nature Centre

To learn how to get to the High Park Nature Centre or the HPNC Cottage, refer to the map below. The Nature Centre is conveniently located close to public transit options. We advise participants to walk, bike or use public transit to get to the Nature Centre to avoid the hassle of finding parking. Check out our Travel Tips for Visitors below for more detailed information on getting to High Park or the Nature Centre.

Note: Unless otherwise specified all our programs will commence at the High Park Nature Centre.

High Park is closed to motor vehicular traffic on weekends, public holidays, and during the cherry blossom peak bloom. Refer to the City of Toronto‘s website for more information.

Live close to High Park? You’re in luck! The High Park Nature Centre is conveniently located close to the High Park North Gates on Bloor Street West and High Park Avenue. Walking is great way to not only get your steps in, but also take in a dose of nature before you get to the Nature Centre. Here are some pointers if you choose to walk to the Nature Centre:

  • Easiest walk is from the High Park North Gates:
    • The shortest and most convenient way is walk in to High Park is from the High Park North Gates. Just walk a few steps south along Colborne Lodge Drive and the Nature Centre will be on your left.
  • Stick to paved sidewalks and paths:
    • Want to avoid getting lost? Stick to paved sidewalks and paved paths, especially if it’s your first time visiting High Park or the Nature Centre.
  • Tread lightly and mindfully on sandy trails:
    • Show some love for nature if you choose to use the sandy trails. The native plants along these trails are sensitive and can be easily damaged if trampled on.
    • High Park’s sandy soil can also be prone to damage and erosion from repeated rough use. Tread lightly and cautiously to avoid compacting the sandy soil.

With its bike lanes and paths, cycling is a convenient way to get to and around High Park. The High Park Nature Centre also has bike racks right outside its entrance.

Don’t have your own bike? Check out a bike from Bike Share Toronto. There are several bike share stations in and around High Park.

Here are some other pointers to keep in mind if you choose to bike to High Park or the Nature Centre:

  • Stay on paved roads, bike lanes and bike paths
    • High Park’s paved roads, bike lanes and bike paths are built for your convenience. Please refrain from off-road biking. Moreover it will help you avoid getting lost in the park.
  • DO NOT bike on sandy trails
    • High Park’s sandy trails are not suited for mountain biking.
    • Biking on sandy trails can severely compact the soil and lead to its erosion.
    • The native plants along these trails are sensitive and can be severely damaged if trampled on.
  • Watch out for other park users
    • There have been several accidents involving cyclists, pedestrians and vehicles in High Park due to reckless cycling. Please respect other park users and cycle cautiously for your own safety.

High Park and the Nature Centre are conveniently close to two TTC subway stations on Line 2. Please visit the TTC’s website for route schedules, fares and passes, and service advisories and alerts. Here are some tips for getting to the Nature Centre from these subway stations:

  • High Park Station
    The High Park TTC Subway Station is the closest public transit station to the Nature Centre. It is conveniently just a 5-minute walk from the Nature Centre. Please remember that this station is not wheelchair accessible. However, the TTC is working on making this station wheelchair accessible soon.

  • Keele Station (wheelchair accessible)
    The Keele Street TTC Subway Station is the closest wheelchair accessible public transit station to the Nature Centre. It is just a 10-minute walk from the Nature Centre.

Service Advisory: The High Park Loop is temporarily closed. Streetcars will continue to divert to Dundas West Station due to ongoing sewer work on Howard Park Avenue between Roncesvalles Avenue and Dundas Street West. Please visit the TTC’s website to learn more.

High Park is also connected by the 506 Carlton Streetcar Line between Main Street Station and High Park Loop. Please visit the TTC’s website for route schedules, fares and passes, and service advisories and alerts.

  • High Park Loop
    The High Park Loop TTC Streetcar Station is just a 14-minute walk from the Nature Centre. To get to the Nature Centre, walk north on Spring Road until you reach Colborne Lodge Drive. Then walk a few steps south along Colborne Lodge Drive and the Nature Centre will be on your left.

High Park and the Nature Centre are conveniently located near several TTC bus service lines. The closest and most convenient bus station to the Nature Centre is the High Park Station followed by Keele Station. Listed here are some of the bus lines to help you get to High Park and the Nature Centre. Please visit the TTC’s website for route schedules, fares and passes, and service advisories and alerts.

TTC’s Wheel-Trans service provides a safe, reliable and accessible transportation option for persons with disabilities. You can book a trip by phone or online using their self-booking website.

Wheel-Trans service into High Park is available seven days a week, including weekends and holidays.

Coming from afar? No worries! High Park and the Nature Centre are not too far from the Bloor GO Station on the Kitchener GO and UP Express Lines. Please visit GO Transit’s website for route schedules, fares and passes, and service advisories and alerts.

The most convenient way to get to High Park and the Nature Centre is to take the Westbound subway train from Dundas West TTC Subway Station on Line 2. We are conveniently close to two TTC subway stations on Line 2. Please visit the TTC’s website for route schedules, fares and passes, and service advisories and alerts.

  • High Park Station
    The High Park TTC Subway Station is the closest public transit station to the Nature Centre. It is just two subway stops away from Dundas West Station followed by a 5-minute walk to the Nature Centre. Please remember that this station is not wheelchair accessible. However, the TTC is working on making this station wheelchair accessible soon.

  • Keele Station (wheelchair accessible)
    The Keele Street TTC Subway Station is the closest wheelchair accessible public transit station to the Nature Centre. It is just one subway stop from Dundas West Station followed by a 10-minute walk to the Nature Centre.

Note: On August 5, 2023, a number of changes were made to the travel network within High Park as part of the High Park Movement Strategy. Here are some updated tips for you to travel to High Park and the Nature Centre easily without any confusion. We continue to recommend using the TTC or biking as the best way to get to High Park and the Nature Centre. The Nature Centre is situated just a 5-minute walk from the High Park Subway Station. In case you were biking, there are bike racks available in front of the Nature Centre.

Driving to High Park or the Nature Centre? Keep in mind these tips for a stress-free and convenient visit to the park.

For HPNC Program Participants

  • On Weekdays:
    • Enter the park from the east at Parkside Drive and High Park Boulevard.
    • Drive west on Centre Road
    • Parking your vehicle:
      • Parking spaces are most available and convenient at the free parking lot near Grenadier Café. If you are looking to park your vehicle, we highly recommend that you use the Grenadier Café parking lot and walk to the High Park Nature Centre. While there are parking lots near the Nature Centre, they are extremely limited and can be really inconvenient if you can’t find a parking spot.


    • Dropping off at the Nature Centre
      • Turn right at the Grenadier Café and merge with Colborne Lodge Drive.
      • Drive north along Colborne Lodge Drive until you see the pool on the left and tennis courts on the right.


    • Exiting High Park
      • You may only exit High Park at the High Park North Gates on Bloor Street West and High Park Avenue.


  • On Weekends:
    • High Park is currently closed to motorized vehicles on weekends, holidays and during the cherry blossom season.
    • Our weekend program participants have several other options to get to the Nature Centre:
      • Taking TTC transit – High Park Station is the closest station to the High Park Nature Centre. Keele Station is the second closest station and is wheelchair accessible.
      • Bicycle, scooter, mobility device, by foot, etc. We have bike racks in front of the Nature Centre.
      • Parking outside High Park on side streets and walking in. Note: Parking can be extremely limited on side streets.
    • We will notify our program participants of any changes to the weekend vehicle access in High Park.

General Driving Information:

  • The main entrance for visitor vehicles is at Parkside Drive and High Park Boulevard. This entrance is open Monday to Friday and closed to visitor vehicles on weekends and holidays.
  • The entrance at the Queensway and Colborne Lodge Drive is open at all times, allowing pick-up and drop-off at Children’s Garden and Colborne Lodge.
  • The entrance at Parkside Drive and Spring Road is open at all times, allowing visitor vehicle access to the Spring Road Parking Lot.
  • There is no visitor vehicle entry from the Bloor Street West. This location serves as an exit only for visitor vehicles.
  • West Road and portions of Colborne Lodge Drive south of Grenadier Café are car-free routes at all times.

General Parking Availability

  • There are approximately 280 free vehicle parking spaces available within High Park.

    • Available Monday to Friday (no parking on weekends and holidays):


  • There are over 1200 additional spaces located within 800 metres of High Park including:

Emergency Vehicles

  • Authorized vehicles, such as TTC, emergency services and operational vehicles are permitted on all park roads at all times.
 

Please visit the City of Toronto’s website for more information about traveling to High Park. You can also visit their High Park Movement Strategy website to learn more about the project.