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Mississauga: Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens

I stumbled across this little gem of a park quite by accident.

On the shores of Lake Ontario in Port Credit (Mississauga), Brueckner Rhododendron Gardens (formerly Cranberry Cove Park) is where the Tecumseh Creek empties into Lake Ontario.

It’s a small park (only 7.19 hectares, or 18 acres), but it’s beautifully planted with numerous rhododendron and azalea. Go during late spring and all through summer to catch the flowers in bloom.

On a clear day you can see across the lake to St. Catherines.

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Posted June 4th, 2010.

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Toronto: Exhibition Place

Exhibition Place is a 1.1 square kilometre (260 acre) mixed-use property on the shores of Lake Ontario at the south end of Toronto.

For the last two weeks of every August, Exhibition Place is the site of the Canadian National Exhibition (from which the site derives its name) — one of the largest and most successful fairs of its kind in North America (with roots going back to 1878 and now attracting an average annual attendance of 1.3 million). It is host every winter to the Royal Agricultural Fair, and in recent years, it also serves as the backfrop for the Toronto Indy race held each July.

Its complex of public spaces, buildings, and monuments are open and active year-round. Several heritage buildings (many of the Beaux-Arts style) sit alongside new modern facilities, making for an interesting juxtaposition when exploring the site.

Some of the currently standing edifices include: BMO Field, Direct Energy Centre (formerly, the National Trade Centre — still Canada’s largest indoor exhibition hall regardless of its name change), the Automotive Building, the Better Living Centre, the Food Building, the Arts Crafts and Hobbies Building (now known as the Medieval Times Building), the Liberty Grand, the Horticulture Building, the Queen Elizabeth Building, the Horse Palace, the Music Building, the Coliseum (now part of the Ricoh Coliseum), and the Dufferin and Princes’ Gates.


For $10M I’ll call it “Frank” if it makes you happy.

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Posted June 4th, 2010.

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