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This local park was completely refurbished and is now transformed into a community hub. The aim in developing this green space was to create a flexible community venue that doubles up as a park. It has wet zones for kids featuring splash pads, walking paths, a performance stage and a dog park too. However, the highlight is the AIDS Memorial that has been installed in this park.
St. James Cemetery (Toronto) is an Anglican cemetery which is the one of the oldest in Toronto. It was established in 1844 by the St. James Cathedral as the burial ground around the cathedral had capacity issues. Within the cemetery is St. James-the-Less Chapel which is known for its Victorian Gothic architectural design. This structure is designated as National Historic Sites of Canada. Some of Toronto's oldest families and prominent people were laid to rest here.
Norman Jewison is a renowned Canadian film director, actor and producer, who has used his films as a source of highlighting various social and political issues. He has won many accolades for his contribution to Canadian cinema including an Honorary Degrees from Trent, Western Ontario and the University of Toronto and the naming of a park in downtown as a tribute to him. The park has beautiful promenades where visitors can enjoy a peaceful walk under the lush green trees following the winding roads. Norman Jewison Park is one of the most well maintained parks in Toronto.
George Hislop played a pivotal role in the development of Toronto's gay community. He was the first candidate for the municipal office, who was openly gay. In 2005, he received the International Lesbian and Gay Law Association's Karl Heinrich Ulrichs Award for his efforts and contribution in developing and striving for the equality of LGBT community in Canada. After his death in 2005, a park in Toronto's Church and Wellesley neighborhood was named after him, as a tribute to his contribution towards the community. It is a beautiful park surrounded by lush green trees and colorful flowers. It also has many benches where visitors can sit and read or just admire the beauty of nature.
This finely preserved chapel is in the center of Toronto's first non-sectarian cemetery. The cemetery, whose name translates to City of the Dead, dates to the early 1850s, and is the resting place of William Lyon Mackenzie, Toronto's first mayor. The chapel, built in 1872 with its patterned slate roof, ironwork, and tracery, is a fine example of the Gothic Revival architecture style.
Located at the heart of the Dundee Place complex at Adelaide and Yonge street, this beautiful half-acre landscaped courtyard is a quiet oasis in the middle of Toronto's busy financial district. Also known as One Financial Place Courtyard, a series of etched glass windscreens lead visitors into the spectacular main area. There, three extraordinary fountains resembling a tree, a human head and a flower are fixed directly on the pavement. Various cultural events are often held at this open air venue during summers. Call the tourist information center to know more.
If you're ready for something a little different in the way of art, Toronto Sculpture Garden across from St James Cathedral is a place you might want to check out. Featuring a bi-annual exhibit created by various Canadian sculptors, this garden offers displays of art in a fresh outdoor setting. A walkway around the garden adds a sensual floral fragrance to your experience, surrounding you with beautiful flowers and art objects. As well, the La Marquette restaurant's terrace overlooks the garden. The garden opens and 8am and closes at dusk.
Riverdale Farm is a place that will have you experiencing the country life, even while you're still in the city. This attraction is open for visitors everyday, and features expansive farms that are lined with woods and small water features. The farm was built on a former zoo site, and one can visit farm animals such as ducks, goats, pigs and sheep now, instead of wild animals. The historic barn on the farm must be visited, and the farm grounds are often the venue for local cultural events as well.