Posts Tagged ‘Toronto’

015crOn Saturday I made my way through the Distillery District and along Cherry Street to Cherry Beach continuing along the Martin Goodman Trail and then heading over to Tommy Thompson Park.¬†The park is an urban wilderness on a man-made peninsula and is a popular destination for birding, fishing,¬†cycling and hiking activities. I’ve only been here once before, about 10 years ago. Today I was just out for a walk in another direction so I’ll save the lighthouse for another day, when I start earlier and bring water.



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018I look for pastimes that are free and within walking distance. Living in Toronto’s downtown has provided quite a few options — music, dance, film, theatre and even yoga. A walk along the waterfront has become this summer’s “go to”.


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It’s summertime and I’m near the waterfront. It’s a nice place to walk and offers a diversity of sights, landscapes and activities.

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053Once used for religious and political gatherings, public floggings and hangings, the square is another story of change and transformation. Situated behind the old Adelaide Street Courthouse, the square is a heritage site that was being used as a parking lot. The revitalized square was designed by Janet Rosenberg & Studio, CS&P Architects, and Susan Schell and built in 1997. It’s a lovely square with heritage plants and water features and I’m looking forward to seeing the garden in bloom.

The most famous hangings, and the last performed here, were on 12 April 1838: Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews, for their participation in the 1837 Rebellion.

I pulled this quote from the Lost Toronto blog, which references a plaque on Alan Brown’s website but the link is broken. I’m guessing it’s this plaque, located on a building near the square.


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Monument to Construction Workers

Monument to Construction Workers

This beautiful park sits on a half acre of land in downtown Toronto’s financial district. What a wonderful oasis for nearby workers and those of us who live downtown! There is an indoor garden as well but it’s only open on weekdays.

Cloud Gardens is a result of a partnership between the City of Toronto, Trizec Properties and Markborough Properties. Baird/Sampson Architects, Milus Bollenbourghe Topps Watchorn Landscape Architects, and artist Margaret Priest won the design competition in 1990. The awesome Monument to Construction Workers, built in 1993, is a tribute to the men and women whose labour has built and rebuilt the city.


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013I live a couple blocks away from this beautiful historic cathedral. The architecture, art and garden feel welcoming and the organist’s music was lovely.


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002Sunday I walked over to the lake and was drawn to an unusual sight – a huge ship sitting in the harbour. I was intrigued as it entered the wharf waterway by the Redpath Sugar Refinery.


It seems everyone else around was just as mesmerized by the ship as I was. Even today, people were taking note and photos.

The Redpath Sugar Refinery has been operating at this site since 1958 and is one of the last functioning remnants of our industrial heritage. Along with the wafting scent of sugar, you’ll also find a beach, television/radio complex, college and condos on this part of the waterfront.

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