Queen’s Park, as we never knew it.

This week, T.O. street adventure!

But first, about last week:

My grade 5 class once visited Queen’s Park for a tour. That must have been the last time I was there. I’d been on the grounds, of course. Many times. And I’d probably visited the lobby once or twice, during that little 50-year gap!

Surely it was about time to go back, and share an indoor/outdoor walk and visit to our provincial legislature. We arrived a tiny bit too late, but our affable guide, Eric, stepped up to the task and gave us over an hour of his time, showing us the building, the artwork, the architecture, the legislature, and sharing some history, and some amusing stories, too. What a nice guy. (And a future Barkley ultra-marathoner!)

I think we all enjoyed the tour and the conversation. And having the legislative chamber under renovation actually made it even more interesting. If you haven’t been to visit in a while (or, you know: in 50 years!), the summer tours are frequent and free. We really recommend the indoor/outdoor version. Eric’s insights into “The Pink Palace” (so-called because of the pink sandstone exterior) and the new West Wing (added after a disastrous fire in 1909) made it a really interesting Sunday morning. Thank you, Eric! We enjoyed your company, too!

Click on any image for larger files, in carousel slide-show. (Easier to read “tour guide” chat there, too!)

 

THIS WEEK,
Sunday, August 21, 2016
:

I know. I’m sorry! I said we’d visit Glen Stewart Ravine this week, but we’re saving that for next week – with good reason. (We want Glen Stewart’s sister to join us for that walk! You’ll hear more about this little in-joke.)

For this week, let’s try a new Toronto initiative… and play in the street!

Yes, you read correctly! We’ll walk the route of this year’s Open Streets Toronto, and see what we discover at all the hubs of activity. A warning: we may get roped into all sorts of fun – chalk illustrations, mini-fitness classes, square dancing, skateboard demos, a printing press, photobooth and more. Let’s see whatever they have! We’ll walk from the Y, up to Dufferin and Bloor and then see how far east we get. I hope we’ll get right over to Yonge and Bloor and then walk south either to Wellesley or maybe even all the way down to Shuter? This is going to be a blast.

Coming right up:

Okay, let’s try that again. Next week: Glen Stewart Ravine! (Really.)
After that, let’s work our way through all those other walking, hiking and exploring plans! Can do! Slightly cooler weather is approaching, so let’s choose a good date for that long trip to the Spit. And let’s plan a brunch on the High Park patio. Nice late summer idea! Then, the St. Lawrence Market area and the Sunday morning antique market there. And of course there are still a few murals we must visit!

See you soon!

What?!
You’re just finding WestWalking for the first time?!

Welcome. You really should walk with us!
See you in the morning!

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