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Queen's Park

Queen's Park

Queen's Park is an urban park in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Opened in 1860 by Edward, Prince of Wales, it was named in honour of Queen Victoria. The park is the site of the Ontario Legislative Building, which houses the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and the phrase Queen's Park is regularly used as a metonym for the Government of Ontario.

The park is nearly an enclave of the University of Toronto, which occupies most of the surrounding lands. The park itself is technically owned by the University of Toronto, but the property was leased to the Government of Ontario in 1859 for a period of 999 years, set to expire in 2858. Ministry buildings of the Ontario government occupy other properties to the east of the park, in an area between Wellesley Street and Grosvenor Street. While not directly adjacent to the park, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Gardiner Museum are both located nearby.

Before the construction of the legislative complex, the University Hospital for the Insane was built on this property, dating back to 1842. Three apparitions of women haunt the present complex - probably former residents of the original institution. The White Lady wanders the halls, appearing sorrowful, with a long white flowing robe and long hair. The Maiden wears a checkered dress with an apron which she holds over her face to conceal her features. Most gruesome is The Hanging Woman, who dangles from a hook in the long tunnel in the basement. Also here is a curious (and probably recent) apparition of a soldier in full regimental dress that appears angry as he descends the Grand Staircase of the main hall.

Photo Credit: Date 16 November 2007 Source Own work Author MarcusObal

Text Credit: From Wikipedia and http://www.torontoghosts.org/diyghosttour/DIY_Toronto_Ghost_Tour.pdf used under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.

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  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ GeoGal1/ Jun 27, 2017
  • Lovely park
    guestBook Guestbook/ nicoleknight/ Apr 30, 2017

    Queen's Park is a lovely little place to walk around. There are trees everywhere, so it feels like a refuge from the bustling city around you.

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ CFede/ Mar 29, 2015
  • Queen's park
    guestBook Guestbook/ CFede/ Mar 29, 2015

    I love the proximity of Queen's park. Often I feel there is not enough tree an nature around me, so even if the park is not as big as high park, it is pleasant to sit and watch the squirrels.
    However, during winter it's hard for us students to go every morning through the snow, but we get used to it and enjoy the beautiful view

  • Queen's Park Visit
    guestBook Guestbook/ Explore150 Team/ Mar 25, 2015

    Queen's Park is a beautifully historic park right in the heart of some of the University of Toronto buildings, in the middle of downtown. I had a great time walking around under the trees and getting to look at all of the different monuments and sculptures. My favorite area of the park is pretty much any one of the benches, because it's a really nice way to relax and observe your surroundings. One of the best parts of this park is people watching, there are so many interesting people. For example, when I was visiting there was a woman with pink hair and very intense eye makeup, dancing to a violin that was being played by a man with an extremely long beard. All in all, Queen's park is a great place to visit no matter what the reason and I recommend you go.

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    guestBook Guestbook/ Lililulu/ Mar 16, 2015 Another Piece

    Millions of people. Thousands of dreams. Hundreds of ideas. What defines … me? Where do I belong in this beautiful puzzle that is Canada? Sometimes looking around I often feel left behind. Boring. One face among the many in this world. Replaceable. Just a passing conscience that will fade as quickly as it appeared, leaving behind the thought that somewhere, sometime, this someone had existed. As we grow up we begin to shed our fantasies, we lose that special something that makes us think that we are different. We throw away the part of ourselves that believes we are meant for something big. Instead we come to believe that we are mundane, nothing special, nothing unique, just one of the many. I am an artist in a place with millions of artists, I am a writer in a place where almost anyone can write. Yet I know that no matter how similar I am to others no one is truly me. Someone may be an element that makes up who I am but they will never be the combination that creates me. No one loves to draw almost as much as she loves to breathe, yet needs to read books almost as much as she needs to sleep. No one else loves to smile no matter what, yet is more cranky than a troll in the morning and drives her parents crazy by never wearing her shoes. No one dreams of things that are said to be impossible yet loves the laughter she gets as she makes the impossible possible. Perhaps I will never be able to make a dent in history but I know that I am piece of this beautiful puzzle, and like every puzzle it cannot be complete without every single piece. I am a piece that makes up Canada and I am glad. Like the dazzling flowers that bloom within this picture, I hope to become maybe not an important piece but a radiant one. One that will bring a smile to all those who see it and laughter to the ones I love. This is who I am as a Canadian. This is where I belong. This is my home, my identity. This is me.

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  • Thinking about how our present shapes out future!
    guestBook Guestbook/ samgriffiths/ Aug 20, 2014 Thinking about how our present shapes out future!

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NEWS FEED
  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ GeoGal1/ Jun 27, 2017
  • Lovely park
    guestBook Guestbook/ nicoleknight/ Apr 30, 2017

    Queen's Park is a lovely little place to walk around. There are trees everywhere, so it feels like a refuge from the bustling city around you.

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ CFede/ Mar 29, 2015
  • Queen's park
    guestBook Guestbook/ CFede/ Mar 29, 2015

    I love the proximity of Queen's park. Often I feel there is not enough tree an nature around me, so even if the park is not as big as high park, it is pleasant to sit and watch the squirrels.
    However, during winter it's hard for us students to go every morning through the snow, but we get used to it and enjoy the beautiful view

  • Queen's Park Visit
    guestBook Guestbook/ Explore150 Team/ Mar 25, 2015

    Queen's Park is a beautifully historic park right in the heart of some of the University of Toronto buildings, in the middle of downtown. I had a great time walking around under the trees and getting to look at all of the different monuments and sculptures. My favorite area of the park is pretty much any one of the benches, because it's a really nice way to relax and observe your surroundings. One of the best parts of this park is people watching, there are so many interesting people. For example, when I was visiting there was a woman with pink hair and very intense eye makeup, dancing to a violin that was being played by a man with an extremely long beard. All in all, Queen's park is a great place to visit no matter what the reason and I recommend you go.

  • Another Piece
    guestBook Guestbook/ Lililulu/ Mar 16, 2015 Another Piece

    Millions of people. Thousands of dreams. Hundreds of ideas. What defines … me? Where do I belong in this beautiful puzzle that is Canada? Sometimes looking around I often feel left behind. Boring. One face among the many in this world. Replaceable. Just a passing conscience that will fade as quickly as it appeared, leaving behind the thought that somewhere, sometime, this someone had existed. As we grow up we begin to shed our fantasies, we lose that special something that makes us think that we are different. We throw away the part of ourselves that believes we are meant for something big. Instead we come to believe that we are mundane, nothing special, nothing unique, just one of the many. I am an artist in a place with millions of artists, I am a writer in a place where almost anyone can write. Yet I know that no matter how similar I am to others no one is truly me. Someone may be an element that makes up who I am but they will never be the combination that creates me. No one loves to draw almost as much as she loves to breathe, yet needs to read books almost as much as she needs to sleep. No one else loves to smile no matter what, yet is more cranky than a troll in the morning and drives her parents crazy by never wearing her shoes. No one dreams of things that are said to be impossible yet loves the laughter she gets as she makes the impossible possible. Perhaps I will never be able to make a dent in history but I know that I am piece of this beautiful puzzle, and like every puzzle it cannot be complete without every single piece. I am a piece that makes up Canada and I am glad. Like the dazzling flowers that bloom within this picture, I hope to become maybe not an important piece but a radiant one. One that will bring a smile to all those who see it and laughter to the ones I love. This is who I am as a Canadian. This is where I belong. This is my home, my identity. This is me.

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ krystalfyre/ Jan 20, 2015
  • Thinking about how our present shapes out future!
    guestBook Guestbook/ samgriffiths/ Aug 20, 2014 Thinking about how our present shapes out future!

    Inspiration at it's finest

  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ samgriffiths/ Aug 20, 2014
  • Explore150 photoSpot Snapshot/ karthikpandian19/ Mar 19, 2014

Queen's Park is an urban park in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Opened in 1860 by Edward, Prince of Wales, it was named in honour of Queen Victoria. The park is the site of the Ontario Legislative Building, which houses the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, and the phrase Queen's Park is regularly used as a metonym for the Government of Ontario.

The park is nearly an enclave of the University of Toronto, which occupies most of the surrounding lands. The park itself is technically owned by the University of Toronto, but the property was leased to the Government of Ontario in 1859 for a period of 999 years, set to expire in 2858. Ministry buildings of the Ontario government occupy other properties to the east of the park, in an area between Wellesley Street and Grosvenor Street. While not directly adjacent to the park, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Gardiner Museum are both located nearby.

Before the construction of the legislative complex, the University Hospital for the Insane was built on this property, dating back to 1842. Three apparitions of women haunt the present complex - probably former residents of the original institution. The White Lady wanders the halls, appearing sorrowful, with a long white flowing robe and long hair. The Maiden wears a checkered dress with an apron which she holds over her face to conceal her features. Most gruesome is The Hanging Woman, who dangles from a hook in the long tunnel in the basement. Also here is a curious (and probably recent) apparition of a soldier in full regimental dress that appears angry as he descends the Grand Staircase of the main hall.

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Photo: Date 16 November 2007 Source Own work Author MarcusObal