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High Park (Toronto)

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If you're without kids, High Park means romantic walks along Grenadier Pond and a great Shakespeare summer play in the fascinating outdoor theatre. With kids, it's another story! We're talking animal paddocks, little train on wheels (seasonal activity) and a giant castle. High Park has the best outdoor playground in the whole city. Built with the help of over 3,000 volunteers, it is quite original, shaped like a fortified castle occupying some 10,000 sq. ft. filled with nooks and crannies. The playground is next to the big duck pond, a snack bar and one of the train's stops. The adjacent animal pens house bison, goats, llamas and more. The parking lot closest to the castle is accessible from High Park Boulevard off Parkside Road. Otherwise, Grenadier Restaurant's parking lot in the middle of the park is only a 5-minute walk from the playground, down Deer Pen Road, where the animal paddocks are found. (Here's a post with a photo gallery taken at High Park on Easter weekend 2014. See the post in my blog about a previous fall visit to High Park on November 22, 2012.)

See what it looks like during full bloom in this post from 2013.

Going downhill towards Grenadier Pond in High Park
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