This rare Regency picturesque villa is a graceful monument to the couple who founded Toronto's largest park. In 1855, after a career as an architect and as the city's first surveyor and engineer, John George Howard and his wife Jemima, retired to their country retreat at High Park. Concerned about the lack of recreational opportunities for the citizens of Toronto, Howard deeded the property to the City of Toronto in 1873 for use as a public park.
Nestled in beautiful High Park, Colborne Lodge has been carefully restored and contains many original family artifacts, including some of Howard's watercolours of early Toronto. Its extensive ornamental and kitchen gardens are now being restored.
Adults - $5.71 + taxes, Seniors & Youths - 2.62 + taxes, Children - $2.38 + taxes.
Colborne Lodge has been carefully restored and contains many original family artifacts from the early to mid-19th Century, including some of Howard's watercolours of early Toronto.
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Ceramics, Porcelain or Pottery •
Furniture or Furnishings •
Textiles or Tapestries
Painting • Photography • Prints and Drawings
Clocks or Time-Keeping Devices
Furniture or Furnishings
Household Objects or Domestic Technology
Maps, Charts, Plans or Blueprints
: Non-motorized ground
Services & Activities
Archival Records •
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Classes or Workshops
: Age 5-11 (k-6)
: Age 18 and up (Post-Secondary)
Other: English as a Second Language
Public washrooms (no changing facilities), outdoor picnic tables, gift counter. Special needs: partial accessibility, please call 416-392-6916 for specific questions.
Accessible by Public Transportation
Children's Activities or Services
Meeting Room Rental
Nature Trails, Walks or Gardens
Special Needs Facilities
: Wheelchair access
Volunteer Services Available •
Volunteer Training Offered
Number of Volunteers: 15-25
Activities: gardening, cooking, special event support
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