Gardens

Aga Khan Park

77 Wynford Drive, Toronto, Ontario

Lebabnon-based landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic designed the formal gardens of the Aga Khan Park. Based on a traditional Persian and Mughal chahar bagh (four-part garden), the gardens are given a natural geometry through ordered plantings of serviceberry trees. They provide a tranquil place for contemplation as well as flexible areas for public programming or private events. Beyond a perimeter of cedar hedges, the gardens flow seamlessly into a Park whose trees — including Star Magnolia, River Birch, Trembling Aspen, and Weeping Cherry — were chosen for their varied colours and shapes as well as their ability to withstand the Canadian climate. Shrubs and plants best suited to attract birds and butterflies are also planted throughout the Park, and include Rose Glow Barberry, Chinese Wisteria, and Forsythia bushes.


Before finalizing his designs, Djurovic was encouraged by His Highness the Aga Khan to visit traditional gardens around the world, such as the Tomb of Humayun in New Delhi and the Alhambra’s courtyard gardens in Granada. Djurovic ultimately aimed not to duplicate these historical exemplars but to communicate “more what you feel and smell and hear” there.
The Aga Khan Museum, the Ismaili Centre, Toronto, and the Aga Khan Park harmonize spirit, art, and nature in a 21st-century context while maintaining a core connection to the history of Muslim civilizations

April 1–October 31: open to the public daily from dawn to 10 pm.

November 1–March 31: open to the public daily from dawn to dusk

 

TOURS
Interested in discovering more about the Aga Khan Park? Join one of our knowledgeable guides for a garden design and horticultural tour of the Aga Khan Park to learn about its inspiration and about the many trees, shrubs, and flowers that are planted there.

Tuesday to Sunday at 4:15 pm

Cost: $10 adults, $5 students and seniors. No Museum admission is required.

 

ACCESSIBILITY
Wheelchairs: The Aga Khan Park is wheelchair-accessible. Drop-offs at the street-level entrance can be made prior to parking.

Support Persons / Service Animals:

A support person accompanying a visitor with disabilities may remain with the visitor at all times during the visit. The support person will be admitted to a tour of the Park free of charge, with the visitor's paid entrance.

A service animal may also accompany a visitor to the Park.

DOGS
The Aga Khan Park is guided by the Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 608 (Parks). We allow leashed dogs in the Park as long as they are kept under control at all times, they do not harm the site in any way, and their owners pick up after them using on-site receptacles. We do not recommend that owners bring their dogs to the Park during a busy public program, however, because the animals may become overly agitated due to the activity and crowds. We encourage all Park visitors to respect the site and other visitors at all times

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