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Photo Essay: High Park Toronto Through the Seasons

by Jamie M. Kwan
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If you’ve been in the US or Canada this past winter, you’ll know how much we got hit by the true nature of the season. Here in Toronto, the ice storm over the Christmas Holidays knocked out the power for more than a week, tore down trees, and put a blanket of ice and snow over branches, leaves and buildings. It pretty much snowed all the way until Spring (it’s still snowing and it’s March!).

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Although the snow, cold, and deep-freeze made the commute to work troublesome, the storm this year made me think about how stunning High Park – Toronto’s largest public park in the downtown area – is in every season. It truly is a treasure to have been able to grow up in this area of Toronto. Here are some photos of the park that I have collected through the seasons.

High Park Toronto: WINTER

As Grenadier Pond freezes over in late January, hockey enthusiasts flock to the park to try out some real Canadian hockey, despite the NO SKATING signs around the area!

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High Park Toronto: SPRING

For a week in May/June, the Cherry Blossoms are in bloom, and traffic is crazy in the neighbourhoods around High Park (see featured photo at top of this article). Watch out for those petals landing in your sandwich as you picnic under the trees!

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High Park Toronto: SUMMER

The warm months of July and August are perfect for regular walks in the park. You’ll find people fishing in the cool early hours, couples romantically sitting along the panoramic view of the tree lines, and children playing in the famous castle playground.

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High Park Toronto: AUTUMN

As the weather gets cooler, don’t fret! High Park still sees many daily walkers, joggers, and photographers. The changing colours of the leaves creates picture perfect moments that make any photographer a pro!

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Do you have a favourite park in your city that you love no matter what the season?

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8 comments

Stephanie Mayo April 25, 2014 - 7:55 pm

Love this piece and all it’s photos! It brought back so many memories of growing up in Toronto and spending weekends at High Park!

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Michele {Malaysian Meanders} March 24, 2014 - 2:06 am

I’ve never been to Toronto. It looks beautiful, no matter what the season is. I think I’d love to visit it in the Spring to see the cherry blossoms or the Autumn to see that fall foliage.

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Lisa Goodmurphy March 21, 2014 - 7:34 pm

Great photos of High Park – I think I need to make a trip into the city to see the cherry blossoms this spring!!

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Keryn from Walking On Travels March 21, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Wow! What a difference the seasons make. These are stunning! Thanks for linking up this week!

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Michael Orobona March 15, 2014 - 6:22 pm

I can’t disagree about this winter. I haven’t been to High Park, but now I’ll need to take a look.

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Ming March 15, 2014 - 10:10 am

Beautiful pictures. Never been to Toronto but the autumn landscape looks stunning. Would love to visit sometime.

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Sue March 10, 2014 - 4:22 pm

I love High Park – your photos are beautiful Jamie! Love the cherry blossoms…I can hardly believe there is such a thing as spring after this winter. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

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Eileen March 10, 2014 - 9:13 am

Jamie, your photos are wonderful!

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