Thursday, August 18, 2016

Photo Finds

1. Starts with H
2. Week's Favorite
3. Single

The first two will be the same, except we’ll work our way through the alphabet. The second can be a favorite image or activity from the week. The third will be different each time.

August 2016 - Toronto ON

Starts with H - High Park 

Click here for a full tour of the park taken last week.

High Park is Toronto's largest public park featuring many hiking trails, sports facilities, diverse vegetation, a beautiful lakefront, convenient parking, easy public transit access, a dog park, a zoo, playgrounds for children, a couple of eateries, greenhouses, picnic areas, a bunch of squirrels and various events throughout the year.

Some photos from the cherry blossoms in 2013.

In 1836, John George Howard purchased for $1,000 a sprawling 160-acre property to the west of Toronto, extending from Bloor Street down to Lake Ontario. Howard was a successful English emigré and one of the first professional architects in Upper Canada. He was also an engineer and land surveyor. Naming the property “High Park” due to its elevation, Howard then designed and built Colborne Lodge, a Regency-style cottage, as his residence in the south end of the park in 1837 (Sir John Colborne was Howard’s patron and served as Lieut. Governor of Upper Canada).

Howard was also known for his design of the Provincial Lunatic Asylum.

He conveyed 120 acres of the property to the City in 1873 with the proviso that it was ‘for the free use, benefit and enjoyment of the citizens of the City of Toronto forever: and to be called and designated at all times thereafter ‘High Park’’. Some of the other stipulations in the deed included: permitting Howard and his wife Jemima to continue to reside at Colborne Lodge; prohibiting the sale of alcohol in the park; a restriction on the harvesting of timber; and leaving the estate in as natural a state as possible. A minority of city councillors felt that the park was too far away from the core to be of utility, but in the end the City accepted Howard’s gift, granting him a lifetime pension in the amount of $1,200 per annum in exchange. The park was opened to the public in 1876.

Painting by Howard called Curling in High Park

WEEK'S FAVOURITE another fabulous sunset.

SINGLE single shoes I've come across in our travels.


At home along Lake Ontario

Las Vegas

G is for Gardiner Expressway
H is for High Park

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