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Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens

The Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens are located at 2901 Yonge Street, on the east side of Yonge below Lawrence Avenue. The park was created in 1933 by public subscription to honour Alexander Muir, who composed the song The Maple Leaf Forever. Landscape architect Edwin Kay designed the park using the maple leaf as a theme.

Garden Dedication

The Gardens were originally located opposite Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Yonge Street, but were moved to its present location in 1951 to make way for construction of the Yonge subway line. The park at its present location was formally dedicated on May 28, 1952. Edwin Kay’s formal, symmetrical design of the original gardens was replicated at the new location.

The Gardens are a favourite location for wedding photographers. There were a couple of wedding parties and photographers onsite the day I visited.

It’s very peaceful here; a great place to unwind and take refuge from the city.


  1. jody

    The gardens are lovely!

  2. David

    I have walked the perimeter of these gardens, but never gone through. Something I would like to do in the future.

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