Queens Park


Queen’s Park is one of the oldest urban parks in Canada  in the Downtown and bordered mostly by the buildings of the University of Toronto, the park was named in honor of England’s Queen Victoria. Edward VII, then the Prince of Wales, was present at the inauguration of the park.
P1040247The university was founded by royal charter in 1827 as King’s College, the first institution of higher learning in the colony of Upper Canada. Originally controlled by the Church of England, it assumed the present name in 1850 upon becoming a secular institution. As a collegiate university, it consists of twelve colleges that differ in character and history, with each retaining substantial autonomy.
The university was the birthplace of insulin and stem cell research, and was the site of the first practical electron microscope, the development of multi-touch technology and the identification of Cygnus X-1 as a black hole.
The park is designed in the style of an english landscaped garden, albeit more structured. Trees are abundant and footpaths are in a hub pattern, radiating from the center of the park to the street that circles it.

P1040270P1040268P1040280In the center of the southern part is the Ontario Legislative Building that is often referred to as Queen’s Park, though the name actually refers to the grounds. The property is technically owned by the University of P1040263Toronto, but was leased to the Government of Ontario in 1859 for a period of 999 years, set to expire in 2858.

The sandstone structure, erected 1886-92, has served as the meeting place for Ontario’s Parliament for more than a century. The Legislative Chamber has undergone a colour change from red and blue to green, reflecting more traditional parliamentary colours. Exhibits from community museums across Ontario line the first floor hallways of the building, showcasing the province’s history.

The park is also full of a number of additional statues and landmarks like the Ontario Veterans Memorial, the War Memorial of the 48th Highlanders, and the Northwest Rebellion Memorial.

The statues include the ones of King George V; Sir John A. MacDonald – first Prime Minister of Canada; John Sandfield Macdonald – first Premier of Ontario; John Graves Simcoe – first Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario; George Brown – one of the Fathers of Confederation; Sir Oliver Mowat – third Premier of Ontario; and Sir James Pliny Whitney – sixth Premier of Ontario.

Also in the grounds of the Legislature Building you have the Ontario Post One, that is the first point of the Ontario Coordinates System. This points are the ones that specially in the old days where the base to surveying and mapping of the cities.
Hope you enjoyed the little walk around town.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kari
    Sep 08, 2009 @ 18:35:40

    The legislative building reminds me quite a bit of the BC Parliament building in Victoria. Have you ever been there?

    I really love seeing so much of Toronto through your beautiful pictures and descriptions. I hope I’ll be able to travel there someday. It looks beautiful & it’s fabulous to have a built-in guide to some of the best parts.


    • nurmisur
      Sep 13, 2009 @ 14:04:43

      Kari- I’ve never been to any other place in Canada but Toronto. I guess it will take me some time to see all of the beautiful pats of this country.BC, from what I’ve seen on tv looks very beautiful and the train ride there must be fenomenal.
      I guess the buildings must have been built around the same time or with the same inspiration. I’m glad you enjoy the visits to some parts of Toronto .


  2. Sher
    Sep 08, 2009 @ 19:42:38

    Interesting, the birthplace of stem cell research. Are they still doing research there? I heard stem cells are the key to reversing Alzheimer. But one needs to go to Europe for the actual practice of using it on a person.

    You don’t have to answer, I probably can google it LOL!

    I still love all the photos you take in your area. It’s been years since I was there. I was 13yrs old the last time I was up your way.


    • nurmisur
      Sep 13, 2009 @ 14:05:59

      Sher- I really don’t know if they still do it but I suppose so.I’ll have to google it myself 😉
      Has many things change in 13 years?


  3. Bianca
    Sep 08, 2009 @ 22:17:35

    Great post! I enjoyed seeing the photos and reading about the buildings!


  4. Kristin
    Sep 09, 2009 @ 13:49:47

    It looks like there are so many gorgeous parts to Canada. The hubs played baseball there and has been wanting to go back. I think we need to plan a vacay!


    • nurmisur
      Sep 13, 2009 @ 14:11:56

      Kristin- Thank you for commenting. I have to learn some rules of baseball and hockey to be able to mingle with canadians because I don’t know a thing about it.I’ll be visiting you 🙂


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