By Ashlee McMillan
Have you had a chance to check out Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens located at Yonge St. and Lawrence Ave.? If you’re looking for a new place to discover in Toronto, this is it!
Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens was planted in the 50’s. It was named after the famed composer Alexander Muir, who wrote the patriotic song, ‘The Maple Leaf Forever’ in 1867. When you take a walk around the gardens you will notice the maple leaf appears throughout it in various decorative and natural forms. The walking paths at Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens are opened year-round.
During the summer, you can take a stroll to check out the herbs and flowers that bloom in this multi-level garden. The gardens are a western gateway to a long trail that eventually leads to Sunnybrook Park.
Travel Directions to Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens:
- 2901 Yonge St M4N 3N8
- Ward: 22
- District: Toronto & East York
- Near: Lawrence & Yonge
- TTC Information: Take the Yonge Subway Line to Lawrence Station and walk south of Lawrence Avenue. Just past St. Edmunds Dr. on the East side you’ll find the Gardens.
Blythwood Ravine Park:
Once you’ve finished discovering the gardens, you can walk over to Blythwood Ravine Park. This Park borders Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens to the west and Sherwood Park to the east. Blythwood Ravine Park is one of the most beautiful trails in the City, it is not known to many people, but it is appreciated by all of those who visit it. Follow the trail from the gardens, along the creek and under Mount Pleasant Rd. to Sherwood Park. As you explore Sherwood Park you will notice that it is one of the largest remaining protected natural areas in the City. This park contains a small remnant of the vast Great Lakes-St.Lawrence Forest, which once covered this region. Species you can see here include white pine, hemlock, beech, oak and sugar maple. Some of the huge trees growing in this ravine are at least 150 years old! In Sherwoods Park you will find a wading pool, playground, public bathrooms, picnic tables, an off- leash dog area, and a baseball diamond. This off-leash dog park is located within the ravine and is sectioned off by wired fences. This is a great off-leash dog area! And will give your dog lots of freedom to run and explore.
Travel Directions to Blythwood Ravine Park:
- 1200 Mt. Pleasant M4N 2T2
- Ward: 25
- District: North York
- Near: Lawrence & Mt. Pleasant
- TTC Information: Take the Yonge Subway to Eglinton Station. Board the 103 Mt. Pleasant Bus and get off at the Glengowan Stop and walk south to the Park entrance on the east side.