High Park in Fall Colours Photo Essay

High park in autumn colours
When the summer is over, the park comes alive once again with so many colors!

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We are introducing a brand new series of Photo Essays! Have a look at amazing Photo Sets all shot by talented photographers. Explore the vibe of the city, its hidden treasures, meet the Torontonians! This time, let's have a look at Toronto through the lens of Benson Kua!

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Picnic in High park
The steep slopes with the signature maple leaf-shaped flower bed in the background
Autumn leaves

Even though the long winter is coming and all will be covered with snow for some time, let's look back at a photographer's favourite season; autumn. It's not that long ago when Toronto shined with some amazing colours! Let's have a quick look back before we move on to the Christmas theme.

High Park: The Most Beautiful Park in Toronto

The people who live next to High Park are extremely fortunate to live near to a true picnic haven. This beautiful municipal park spreads over more than 400 acres and with its many excellent sporting facilities, gardens, a kid’s playground featuring a large-scale wooden castle, and its very own zoo is just perfect for any kind of recreation! Whether you just want to sit down and enjoy the sunshine or enjoy long walks, it is definitely big enough to visit many times without getting bored. The summer might be over but let’s be honest: there is no more beautiful season for a park than the autumn. The large trees turn into so many shades of red, orange, and yellow that the whole park looks like a painting. Grab some treats on Bloor Street or from the Grenadier Café up on the hill and enjoy nature at its best.

High park gardens
One of the many beautifully landscaped gardens

And now for some park trivia: High Park is the largest park in Toronto and was opened in 1876. One third of the park remains untouched, forming the rare black oak savanna. Two deep ravines run from north to south, creating a hilly landscape that you never tire of. If you enjoy fishing or bird watching, visit the western edge of the park, where you will find Grenadier Pond. You might have heard the local myth of how the British grenadiers fell through the ice when heading to defend the city in the war of 1812 (hence the name).

When planning a family day, what are the best spots to take the kids? A perfect place would be the park’s zoo and one of the two large playgrounds; or if your children are a bit older, they might enjoy visiting the Colborne Lodge historical museum to see how people of the 1800s used to live. The museum is a former house of John Howard that is now run by the City of Toronto. Also worth a visit is the “Haunted Walk” around Halloween where you learn about the legends of ghost appearances at the Lodge.

Watching kids play football
The park offers some great sporting facilities
Romance on a park bench
Highland cow portrait
The zoo features animals such as Highland cows, bisons, llamas and even capybaras
Fisherman under a tree
Toronto High park
High park castle playground
One of the two large playgrounds was reconstructed after a fire

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Meet the Photographer

Benson Kua photographer

Benson Kua

Benson was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and currently resides in Toronto, Canada. He loves taking photographs of everything under the sun (or the moon) but has a soft spot for landscape and nature photography.

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