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Queen’s Park, Toronto

Officially opened by the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) during the Royal Tour of 1860, Queen’s Park is an early example of the public park movement in Canada. Landscaped according to a picturesque design, its sweeping drives curved past maple, oak, elm and white pine, while Taddle Creek ravine and McCaul’s Pond formed the park’s western boundary. Located to the northwest of the city, visitors gained access to the park through two gated, tree-lined avenues, one leading west from Yonge Street (today’s College Street) and the other leading north from Queen Street (today’s University Avenue). The legislative building, opened in 1893, brought a new public purpose to the park and significantly altered the original landscaping of its southern grounds. By then, the city encircled the park.

Location

At Queen's Park, on the grounds south of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Toronto (unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on July 6, 2010).

Region: Greater Toronto Area

County/District: City of Toronto (District)

Municipality: City of Toronto

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