- Posted by Gilleen Witkowski
- On July 4, 2018
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- fitness, High Park, High Park dogs, High Park walking, hiking, hiking trails, parks, Toronto hiking trails, Toronto trails
By Eric Mitchell
I moved from Montreal to Toronto a few months ago, and since then I’ve been looking for some new places in the area to bring my dog. We used to have a park called “Angel Woods” that people might be familiar with from Montreal. It’s a forest area that allows you to have your dog off leash and run around free, interacting with other dogs. Since moving I’ve been trying to find something comparable. I’ve explored a few dog parks in the area, some good, some not so good. Recently however I made my way over to High Park after hearing many recommendations, and was extremely impressed.
Lola walking in High Park on a sunny spring day
High Park has attractions such as a large jungle gym for children, and even a zoo. My reason for visiting was of course to see the off leash area that I could bring my dog, and suffice to say I was very impressed. It’s a beautiful forest area, but with very well kept trails and fences. This allows for the ambiance of feeling like you’re walking through a dense forest, but without any of the stress of your dog wandering off or getting into trouble. Although for those feeling more adventurous, there are several more open trails off the main path as well. The main trails are wide enough that you’re able to pass other people and dogs without feeling uncomfortable, and long enough that you won’t feel like you’re going around in circles if you want to have a longer walk.
Coco briefly checking out the bison at the zoo, then going back to sniffing for squirrels.
In the center of the park there’s also a large open area, with picnic tables and good tree coverage for shade. This is where you can bring your dog to play and interact with many other dogs at once. This one section alone has more space and is more comfortable than some of the other dog parks I’ve been to.
High Park was a great experience for me and my dog. It’s far and above better than any off-leash offerings I ever found in Montreal, and is one of the best places to bring your dog in Toronto!
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