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We are introducing a brand new series of Photo Essays! Have a look at amazing Photo Sets all shot by talented photographers. Explore the vibe of the city, its hidden treasures, meet the Torontonians! This time, let’s have a look at Toronto through the lens of Benson Kua!
Even though the long winter is coming and all will be covered with snow for some time, let’s look back at a photographer’s favourite season; autumn. It’s not that long ago when Toronto shined with some amazing colours! Let’s have a quick look back before we move on to the Christmas theme.
High Park: The Most Beautiful Park in Toronto
The people who live next to High Park are extremely fortunate to live near to a true picnic haven. This beautiful municipal park spreads over more than 400 acres and with its many excellent sporting facilities, gardens, a kid’s playground featuring a large-scale wooden castle, and its very own zoo is just perfect for any kind of recreation! Whether you just want to sit down and enjoy the sunshine or enjoy long walks, it is definitely big enough to visit many times without getting bored. The summer might be over but let’s be honest: there is no more beautiful season for a park than the autumn. The large trees turn into so many shades of red, orange, and yellow that the whole park looks like a painting. Grab some treats on Bloor Street or from the Grenadier Café up on the hill and enjoy nature at its best.
And now for some park trivia: High Park is the largest park in Toronto and was opened in 1876. One third of the park remains untouched, forming the rare black oak savanna. Two deep ravines run from north to south, creating a hilly landscape that you never tire of. If you enjoy fishing or bird watching, visit the western edge of the park, where you will find Grenadier Pond. You might have heard the local myth of how the British grenadiers fell through the ice when heading to defend the city in the war of 1812 (hence the name).
When planning a family day, what are the best spots to take the kids? A perfect place would be the park’s zoo and one of the two large playgrounds; or if your children are a bit older, they might enjoy visiting the Colborne Lodge historical museum to see how people of the 1800s used to live. The museum is a former house of John Howard that is now run by the City of Toronto. Also worth a visit is the “Haunted Walk” around Halloween where you learn about the legends of ghost appearances at the Lodge.
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Meet the Photographer
Benson was born and raised in Manila, Philippines and currently resides in Toronto, Canada. He loves taking photographs of everything under the sun (or the moon) but has a soft spot for landscape and nature photography.