High Park attracts a wide mix of people, all who cherish the city’s biggest park. But despite its 400 acres (a third thankfully untouched), the park is just one of the wider area’s delights. Adjacent to the park, Bloor West Village is an in-demand deli and socializing hub; just north the Junction rivals Queen West for bearded hipsterdom; a few steps south, indie-flavoured Roncesvalles has become one of the city’s premier foodie and shopping destinations, with even more adventurous Parkdale at its foot.
Some of the city’s largest Victorian and Edwardian homes, many shaded by monster oaks., can be found on wide High Park Boulevard, or dotting the neighbourhood’s inner winding streets, As for the park itself: its charmingly modest zoo hosts reindeer, capybaras and peacocks; Grenadier pond is a living Turner painting; and every spring, thousands descend for the week-long frenzy of the Sakura Cherry Blossom trees. It’s like Woodstock for flower-lovers but with worse traffic, so the subway’s a must.
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