High Park History
At 399 acres in size, variety and beauty are remarkable. Directly north of Lake Ontario, it is influenced by three major life zones: The Carolinian forest from the south, tall grass prairie or savannah from the west, and boreal mixed forest from the north.
High Park is also home of Toronto’s largest pond, Grenadier Pond – so named because of the Grenadier soldiers who practiced maneuvers there. During the war of 1812, soldiers defending York from American invaders crashed through the pond ice. It is said that their bodies were held by the mud at the bottom of the pond, and never found.