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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.

Blessed Sacrament Church

The Blessed Sacrament is a Catholic Church located at 24 Cheritan Avenue, which is on Yonge Street just south of Lawrence Avenue. Construction of this church began in the spring of 1929 at the (then) cost of $180,000.00. In June 1930 the church was opened and dedicated.

The Blessed Sacrament is one of the largest church structures in the Archdiocese of Toronto. It’s architect, J. Gibb Morton, based his look for the building on two periods of medieval Gothic architecture.

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