Ontario Place: January 2021

I worked as a musician in the Toronto Symphony and other orchestras many times at Ontario Place in the opening years.

On this mild January day, I went back to have a look at it as it is now:

Some botany:

Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)
Northern Catalpa (Catalpa speciosa)
Evening Primrose (Oenothera)
European Black Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)
Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
Tree-of-heaven (Ailanthus altissima)
Barberry (Berberis)
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Lilac (Syringa vulgaris)
Colorado Blue Spruce (Picea pungens)
Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)
Siberian Elm (Ulmus pumila)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
Phragmites (Phragmites australis)
Great Burdock (Arctium lappa)
Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata)
Panicled Aster (Symphyotrichum lanceolatum)
Juniper (Juniperus communus)
Wild Strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)
Canada Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)
Red-osier (Cornus sericea)

Some birds:

Long-tailed Duck (male)
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Long-tailed Duck (male)
Herring Gull
Bufflehead (male)
Mallard (female)
Mallard (male)
Red-breasted Merganser (female)
Common Goldeneye (female)
Common Goldeneye (male)


“Winter is not a season, it’s an occupation.”
― Sinclair Lewis

Miles Hearn

1 thought on “Ontario Place: January 2021

  1. Lisa Volkov

    I remember hiking here with my hiking buddy at night, in winter, when there were fewer people around, , yet a few washrooms open, before they began having winter “events”. How spectacular the ice and waves could be! How beautiful the lights, Christmas lights, and buildings! It would be difficult and dangerous at times (can’t recommend what we did from that point of view) , but we loved it. Ice cleats were definitely required, but perhaps not right now, of course!
    Once again, thanks for the memories, Miles!


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