Colborne Lodge

Colborne Lodge
Colborne Lodge
Colborne Lodge Drive
Toronto, ON

Colborne Lodge was built by City Surveyor John George Howard to house himself and his wife Jemima Frances Meikle back in 1837. The house was built on top of a hill overlooking Lake Ontario. The Lodge was named after Sir John Colborne, Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada. Colborne Lodge was originally one storey, but Howard later expanded it by adding an upper level.

The cottage sat on 165 acres (0.67 km2) of land owned by Howard. His original intent was to start a farm on the property. Later, he attempted to subdivide his holdings and sell off small lots to create a new neighbourhood.

Howard and his wife deeded their 165-acre country property to the City of Toronto in 1873, in exchange for a permanent pension. This deed included an agreement that the park remain ‘for the free use, benefit and enjoyment of the citizens of Toronto and it be called High Park’.

Additional land was purchased by the City in 1876 and 1930, expanding the park to the current 399 acres. John George Howard continued to live in his home until his death in 1890. The Howards are buried in the Howard tomb under a stone monument that is fronted by a portion of fencing from St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, and is set close to Grenadier Pond.

The home is now a museum run by the city. Next to the home are the Colborne Lodge Gardens, which were first created by the Howards.

Hours of Operation

Mid-January, February and April
Friday – Sunday
Noon – 4 p.m.

Thursday – Sunday
Noon – 4 p.m.

March Break
Monday ? Sunday
Noon – 4 p.m.

May Рthe end of August  
Tuesday ? Sunday
Noon – 5 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday
Noon – 5 p.m.

October- December
Tuesday – Sunday
Noon – 4 p.m.

Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve

Noon – 3 p.m.

Mondays, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Good Friday

Directions and Map to Colborne Lodge

By Car

From the West – Take The Queensway eastbound to Colborne Lodge Drive at the south entrance to High Park, turn north (left). Colborne Lodge is about 200 m up the hill immediately on the right-hand side of the road. Or, you can access the Lodge by going eastbound on Bloor Street West to the north entrance to High Park.

From the East – Take Lake Shore Boulevard West westbound to Colborne Lodge Drive. Turn north (right) and follow roadway into High Park. The Lodge is at the top of the hill on the right-hand side of the road approximately 200 m from the entrance to the park.

By Public Transit

Take the Bloor/Danforth subway line to High Park station and walk south through High Park (approximately 20 minute walk). Or, take the 501 streetcar (Humber/Long Branch) to Colborne Lodge Drive and walk a short distance up the road to the Lodge. For specific TTC route and schedule information call 416-393-4636 (INFO)

Map of Colborne Lodge Location

Contact Colborne Lodge

Email: clodge at
Phone: 416-392-6916

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