February 7, 2014

High Park in Winter

Located in the middle of the city, in an area known as High Park, lies Toronto's largest public park. Gifted to the city by the Howard family in the late 1800s, this 400 acre park remains as Mr. Howard intended, for "the free use, enjoyment and benefit of the citizens of Toronto..."

High Park in winter is a vibrant place full of birds, small animals and people enjoying the white landscape, frozen ponds, snow-covered hills and trails. The day we decided to visit was a cold, windy and somewhat depressing winter day, but that didn't stop us from enjoying a walk through this urban park.

We took a walk along Grenadier Pond and saw families sledding and playing pond hockey. Song birds, such as chickadees, finches, nuthatches and cardinals, ducks and even the odd squirrel, were enjoying seeds and other handouts left over from park guests. High Park is where nature meets urban life.

How to get there:
The best way to get to High Park is to take the TTC Subway to High Park station and walk south of Bloor Street. If driving, entrances are located on the north side at Bloor Street, off Parkside Drive on the east and south from the Queensway. (Parking and entrance is free.)

What are some of your favourite winter activities?

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  1. Your pictures are gorgeous!!!
    We love going on nature walks in the winter and seeing all the birds.

  2. I haven't been to high park in years. This is a good reminder for me to go again!

  3. Your pictures are so nice, and I think the gloomy day even added to them!!!

  4. Wow! Your photos are stunning! The wee birdy is amazing : )

  5. How pretty! Your winter wonderland looks so lovely!
    - Rachel @ With Love, Rachel

  6. Gorgeous photos, Mar! I love the one of the duck, so adorable. I used to live at Keele & Bloor, so High park was right beside me. I used to love going there and watching all the dogs people walked (I was pretty home-sick for my dogs! haha).

  7. These are amazing shots! As for my fave winter activity, I love snowboarding. However, we haven't really had real winter since 2012 so snow hasn't been good enough for us. Haha, yeah, we're kind of choosy. :D


  8. Wow, your bird photos are just lovely. Looks gorgeous with the snow on the ground, very peaceful for a city park.
    Claire xx

  9. I love your snowy pictures! I have been missing snow like crazy. Southern California winters are pretty temperate, so I love seeing snowy pictures.

  10. The pictures of the birds are amazing. They're fantastic shots!

    Jes | Naturally Jes

  11. That first shot with the little bird is perfect! I love it! I'm a little jealous of your snow, too. We assumed moving to London that we'd get more snow than we were used to in Nashville, but we thought wrong. We haven't had a single flake this winter!


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