Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Hip + Urban Mom: Hanging in Toronto's High Park

It’s a bright November afternoon and everyone is out in High Park trying to soak up the last bit the sun and nice weather before winter hits Toronto in full force. My husband, son and I were among them.

We started off with a trip around the zoo to look at the bison, emu, llamas and capybaras among other animals. It's a great spot to take young children because it is a small enough to walk through with little legs and is full of animals that your child may not be familiar with.

We went on from there to have a picnic lunch of sandwiches and juice that my husband lovingly prepared. Thankfully High Park has many picnic benches to lounge around on to enjoy the day. We ate and watched families play soccer, run around, ride bikes and take walks.  And if a picnic isn’t your speed then there are hot dog vendors, ice cream trucks, a restaurant and snack bar.

For more energetic children there are many playgrounds to work up a sweat for kids and adults alike. We even went to the adventure park that has been partially designed by other children and looks like a castle. It is right beside a big pond and snacks. What more can a kid want? 

High Park is a great place for the whole family because you can bring your dog too, with on leash areas and off leash areas. There is also a Chinese garden, greenhouse and even tennis courts, swimming pool, baseball diamonds and soccer fields.

You can’t forget all the trails that can lead you around the park for an entire day. These trails will take you along the waterfront so that you can see how truly beautiful Toronto is. It was the perfect afternoon for us and our one year old son.  

High Park is a great place to go all year-round with ice skating in the winter, swimming pools in the summer and great foliage in the fall, you can have a different experience every time. 

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