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Address: 11 Colborne Lodge Dr. | (at the Queensway), Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2, Canada
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+1 416-392-6916
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Fri - Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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This rare Regency picturesque cottage is a graceful monument to John and...

This rare Regency picturesque cottage is a graceful monument to John and Jemima Howard, the couple who founded High Park. John Howard, one of Toronto's first architects, as well as a City engineer and surveyor, built Colborne Lodge in 1837.

Drop in and view the many original furnishings and artifacts and some of John Howard's own watercolours depicting images of early Toronto.

Colborne Lodge is one of 11 historic sites operated by the City of Toronto. Toronto's Historic Sites engage visitors, inspire passion, challenge ideas and connect the past to the present.

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A slice of Toronto's history - Colborne Lodge

A wonderful historic site in High Park. Colborne Lodge, the home of John and Jemima Howard, is a look back into the Toronto of the 1850s - 1870s. All of Mr. Howard's land, along... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2016
Heather J
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Pickering, Canada
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Pickering, Canada
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16 reviews
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Reviewed 8 November 2016

A wonderful historic site in High Park. Colborne Lodge, the home of John and Jemima Howard, is a look back into the Toronto of the 1850s - 1870s. All of Mr. Howard's land, along with properties adjacent on each side, make up what is now High Park in Toronto. A great, informative tour of the lodge by a costumed interpreter... More 

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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you Heather for coming by the Lodge and for sharing your experience! More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

A home once belonging to Mr Howard tuned to museum. Its free. The wealth and generous donation of land to become the largest park in Toronto. Has a nice zoo, not great but for one that operates thru donations. Its decent.

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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you Freddy for the review! We are open for Free on certain special events and Summer Thursday nights after 5 pm. Just in case others see free and wonder why we made them pay admission ;) Hope to see you again soon! More 

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Reviewed 7 October 2016

Had a great, informative tour of the lodge and learned so much about John and Jemima Howard which I didn't the previous year..thank you sooooo much!!!

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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this review

Thanks Debi for the visit and thank you for taking the time to review us :) More 

North York
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Reviewed 22 July 2016

For anyone who grew up in Toronto, I think Colborne Lodge is one of the historical monuments worth visiting and learning from. I personally find it interesting how our early city forefathers had a vision and goodness to leave a legacy for city dwellers and visitors alike. If you are reading this post regardless if you live in or near... More 

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ColborneLodge, Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this review

Reuben - Thanks for taking the time to review your visit to Colborne Lodge. We are happy to know that your visit has added to your experience of High Park and the city. Please come see us again in October - for Harvest Fest and Haunted High Park. Both are loads of fun! Sarah - part of the Colborne Lodge... More 

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Reviewed 15 May 2016

We (myself, husband and nine year old daughter) decided to visit Colbourne Lodge on a dreary Saturday. We arrived and got a personal tour with Sarah an interpreter. She was knowledgable and made the tour fun and interesting for all of us. We were able to learn about and even touch many objects (even extending to sitting on some of... More 

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ColborneLodge, Museum Program Instructor at Colborne Lodge, responded to this review

Hi Sarah, Thanks for taking the time to share your review of the Lodge. We are so pleased that your rainy day was able to be transformed into an opportunity to engage with a piece of Toronto history. We look forward to seeing you enjoying the gardens on a sunnier day! Have a great summer. - Lauren, member of the... More 

Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 27 January 2016

Came here for the special Christmas tour of this historic house set in the picturesque grounds of High Park. The house is lovely and worth a visit and the costumed tour guides were very friendly and informative. We also got to enjoy some warm apple cider and freshly made cookies. Will definitely be back for the Halloween ghost tour!

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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this review

So glad you could join us at the Lodge for some Toronto history! Thanks for taking the time to review us too. See you at Halloween :) -Adrianna, SM Community Manager More 

Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 29 December 2015

We live in the area and read that they were giving Christmas tours of Colborne Lodge. We dropped by on Christmas eve and ended up loving the tour. Very informative about a park we already thought we knew a lot about! Would also recommend for kids in the 7-10 range.

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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this review

So glad you could join us and spend the holidays with history! Hope to see you again in 2016 at one of our festivals perhaps? -Adrianna, SM Community Manager More 

Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 11 November 2015

I had a very interesting tour of this home. The guide was very well informed and clearly enjoyed conveying her knowledge. I learned a great deal about this home as well as historic information about other aspects of Toronto. I will recommend this tour to others!

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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this review

Thank you so much for letting us know about your visit! All the best to you and yours. -Adrianna, SM Community Manager More 

Winnipeg, Canada
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Reviewed 22 August 2015

During a hot summer day, my granddaughter and I toured the Colborne Lodge in High Park, Toronto, taking a chance that it was open. It was a delight with original pieces and recreations throughout the house and beautiful gardens outside. The guides are in period outfits which led an air of authenticity to the tour. Lots of special events are... More 

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Reviewed 1 July 2015

The best part of Colborne Lodge is the gardens. It is a great place to take time out in the city in a beautiful natural setting. The museum is small but well kept. They frequently hold seasonal events and activities to engage the younger folk.

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