In the last blog, we took a “virtual” tour of one of Toronto’s little
treasures, Philosopher’s Walk. Now we’ll take a look at what to do once
you reach the south gate of the walk.
If you turn left and walk to the crossing, you will
set foot on yet another jewel, Queen’s Park.
Named in honour of Queen Victoria,
this park was officially opened by Edward, Prince of Wales in 1860 making it
one of oldest city parks in Canada.
It is aptly described as an “urban forest” and thanks to “Trees for Toronto”, a joint initiative by the Royal Ontario
Museum and The City of
information signs now proudly identify the over 45 different species providing a
canopy of green throughout the park. Little Leaf Linden, Norway Maple,
Silver White Oak, Catalpa, you’ll see them all and many more, test your arborist skills and try to name each one as you pass.
Just ahead, you’ll see a large statue from which all
the paths of the park radiate. The statue, known as The Equestrian
Statue of Edward VII was originally in Edward Park, Delhi, India
and was gifted to The City of Toronto in 1969. It is one of countless
statues and memorials to be seen in the park.
You’ll find Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s 1st Prime Minister, John
Graves Simcoe,1st Lieutenant Governor of
Upper Canada, William Lyon Mackenzie leader of the Upper Canada rebellion and so many more
notable historical figures. Continue on and you will cross over to the
Ontario Legislative Buildings. Climbing the steps of the exterior of the
building affords a commanding view of University Avenue just ahead.
Want a tour? Free guided tours of the Legislative Building
can easily be scheduled by calling 416 325-7500.□