Colborne Lodge

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Museum Tour

Creativity and innovation drove John and Jemima Howard, the original owners of Colborne Lodge, to leave High Park as a legacy that all Torontonians bene?t from today. Visit the Lodge to hear intimate family stories of infertility and infidelity, and learn about the human costs of their Victorian taste for tea and sugar. Find out just why the 'maid of all work' was a job that no one wanted for long. Discover John's vision for state-of-the-art mental health care and Jemima's battle with breast cancer. Uncover how Indigenous territory became a private country retreat for these two English settlers and now lives on as Toronto's High Park.

Accessibility Note:
The main floor of Colborne Lodge is wheelchair accessible (approximately the first 50% of the tour). The second half of the tour is only accessible by stairs.

High Park free parking is located adjacent to the front entrance on weekdays. There is no vehicle access to High Park on weekends. High Park accessible washrooms are available.

Please visit Plan Your Visit for answers to common visitor questions.