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Colborne Lodge

11 Colborne Lodge Dr. | (at the Queensway), Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2, Canada
+1 416-392-6916
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hidden gem!

Entertaining, educational and amazing to see the history of what high park was at one point! As a... read more

Reviewed 30 November 2017
Samantha C
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Mississauga, Canada
Victorian Christmas

Gem of a house designed and built in 1837 by John Howard, Toronto's first engineer and an early... read more

Reviewed 29 November 2017
Valerie F
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Markham, Canada
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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. Special events and pre-registered activities are priced separately. Limited free parking JANUARY AND FEBRUARY - Open only Friday, Saturday and Sunday Noon to 4. Regular General Admission*: Adults: $6.19 Seniors (65 +): $3.54 Youth (13-18 yrs.): $3.54 Children (4-12 yrs.): $2.99 Holiday General Admission*: Adults $7.08 Seniors/Youths $4.42 Children $4.25 *Prices before tax
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11 Colborne Lodge Dr. | (at the Queensway), Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2, Canada
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Reviewed 30 November 2017

Entertaining, educational and amazing to see the history of what high park was at one point! As a Toronto born and raised woman I am shocked I never saw this before !But happy I got to experience it!

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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 December 2017

Thank you so much Samantha for your visit and taking the time to review us too. We hope to see you again here soon :)

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Reviewed 29 November 2017

Gem of a house designed and built in 1837 by John Howard, Toronto's first engineer and an early Upper Canada architect. We have toured many historic homes but this one had some unique features such as a basement kitchen with hardwood and brick flooring, a...More

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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2017

Thank you so much Valerie for coming to visit us and sharing your history adventure with us! We hope to see you again sometime, maybe when the weather warms up at one of our festivals. Take care :)

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Reviewed 11 October 2017

It surprised me as I did not have great expectations. We went there for a Harvest Festival and really enjoyed it.

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ColborneLodge, Public Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

We are so happy you had a pleasant surprise! We hope you come back for more adventures with us through history.

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Reviewed 13 September 2017

This used to be the summer home of Mr and Mrs Howard and eventually ended up being their permanent home in their advanced years. Learning about this couple's mark on the city was interesting. Visitors must do a guided tour ($7 including tax) which lasts...More

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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 November 2017

Thank you so much Wanderlust for taking the time to review us and give such great information to visitors. We hope to see you again :)

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Reviewed 14 August 2017

Had to wait in the car parked along the street in the park as I couldn't find parking when my out-of-town visitor went into the gift shop. He wanted to buy some gifts relating to the Toronto area. Make sure you get here early to...More

Thank b0b55russell
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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Too true and a good tip for all visitors, we encourage taking public transit for this very reason. We hope he found a good keepsake from our shop!

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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

Colburne Lodge, in High Park is a really cool place to visit. A tour doesn't take that long, so you may want to combine it with some time in the Park. In this tour, you really are able to see the personalities of the people...More

Thank TimHtrvrllr
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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Thanks for the review Tim! Glad you had a good time with us and we hope to see you at an event in the future now that you have done our house tour.

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Reviewed 11 June 2017

This restored home of John Howard, the great benefactor of High Park, is a historical gem. Our group had a personalized house tour by a very knowledgeable costumed guide who brought to life the interesting evolution of Colborne Lodge and is illustrious inhabitants and servants....More

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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Thank you for such a lovely review! So glad you could join us here at the Lodge and we hope to see you again, maybe at an event now that you have done our house tour. Maybe a haunted walk or a wreath making workshop?...More

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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...More

Thank Heather J
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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2017

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

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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 reviewResponded 1 March 2017

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!

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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!!!

Thank Debi S
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ColborneLodge, Guest Relations Manager at Colborne Lodge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2017

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

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