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Directly south of the building and immediately south of Bloor is High Park, one of Toronto's largest parks at nearly 400 acres in size and one million people visit the park each year.
The park offers many popular attractions as well as activities for visitors to enjoy. Attractions include a zoo, Grenadier Pond, Colborne Lodge, a Children's Garden. Activities include many nature and walking trails, tennis courts, an outdoor pool, cross-country skiing and more. Visit the following pages of the City of Toronto website for general information about High Park, its attractions and recreation activities.
For more information about High Park please visit the High Park Advisory Council website, the High Park Natural Environment Committee and High Park Stewards website, High Park Toronto website or for some fantastic photos of the park, David Allen's High Park Photos.
Walking or driving west along Bloor Street toward Ellis Park Road and continuing until about Jane Street is Bloor West Village. Bloor West Village is home to more than 400 shops, including clothing stores, bookstores, cafes fruit and vegetable markets, several health food stores, bakeries, restaurants and bars.
In 1970, businesses in Bloor West Village came together to form the first Business Improvement Area, the Bloor West Village BIA to promote and stimulate local business. The BIA's website also includes a directory of local businesses in the area. The BIA hosts several events each year including the Annual Ukrainian Festival in September (music, foods and crafts) which attracts an audience of 350,000 people.
Walking or driving north on High Park Avenue to Dundas West puts you right in the heart of the Junction. The Junction is described by the Junction BIA as the place "where old meets news" and is home to several salvaged furniture and electronic shops and, increasingly, sports and recreational studios, coffee shops, restaurants, bars, grocery and health food stores. The Junction also has a rich historical significance for the city of Toronto. For a more information about the Junction, its local businesses and events please visit the Junction BIA website.
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