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High Park Zoo – Emus and bison and deer, oh my!

High Park in general has been part of my life since I was a kid. My most cherished spot there by far is the zoo but it’s not huge by any means. Growing up, I lived right close and it’s definitely an engrossing place for a 6 yr old. Nowadays I usually stop by while I’m biking through on my way somewhere else or even occasionally to do a few quick sketches of the animals. For any age though, the zoo is a nice little highlight to the park in general. It’s open from dawn till dusk all year round. The animal selection is quite quaint so don’t expect anything too show-stopping. Although bison, emus, and mountain goats are nothing to scoff at.

One of the funniest memories I have of the zoo is from about 15-20 years ago. Somebody went in and cut the bison cage open. They escaped during the night and made it all the way up to the subway station at Bloor/High Park. I didn’t see the runaways myself but when I was told about it and watched it on the news I thought it was the funniest thing ever and couldn’t stop laughing for days. Even now, thinking about it puts a smile on my face.

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Details about this spot



1873 Bloor St W, Toronto

Opening Times

Dawn till dusk daily


Donation: C$ 2
Last Changed Date: 2016-05-19 11:45:13 +0200 (Thu, 19 May 2016)