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.
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.
Plan Your Visit
to common visitor questions.