Leaving Toronto on Saturday the 19th, I saw plenty of things at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Take the sight of pedestrians crossing with their luggage.
Normal, too, was seeing the 192 Airport Rocket ready to depart.
WestJet planes were lined up and visible from the terminals.
The WestJet plane sent to take me back to Toronto looked rather beautiful in the early dawn light.
The Stanhope beach is a favourite beach of mine, a beautiful white sand beach stretching out along the shore of the Gulf of St. Lawrence. I posted last year`s photos here this March. Below are what I think are the highlights of this year`s visit.
I’ve been seeing art about town. I thought I’d share eight of these in today’s photo post, annotated.
The first four were photos of works in residence at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. The first is part of the permanent collection of the gallery, Jean Paul Lemieux‘s 1964 mural Confederation Revisited painted for the centennial of confederation in 1967. The next three all, I think, belong to the touring Oh Canada exhibition. General Idea‘s 1975-1976 photo mosaic Manipulating the Self, The Fence produced out of styrofoam by Quebec City art collective BGL, and Micah Lexier‘s 1993 Book Sculptures: Three Generations.
This next work is a mural painted by the senior art class of Colonel Gray High School, painted on paper and displayed on the wall of the Confederation Centre Public Library. The subject is, of course, the famous 1864 photo of the Fathers of Confederation gathered at the Charlottetown Conference.
On the southwest corner of Queen Street and Water Street, Island artist Ahmon Katz’s statue of a blue heron stands. Mumbling Jack has pictures of the sculpture taken immediately after its installation in September 2013.
For comparison is this skeleton of a distant ancient relative of the blue heron, a quick predatory dinosaur, displayed as part of Alberta’s show this week in the Celebration Zone at Confederation Landing Park.
While visiting New Glasgow and the grounds of the P.E.I. Preserve Company with my parents Monday, we came across the Company’s Gardens of Hope and Butterfly House. The gardens are a peaceful setting for a hospice for the terminally ill and their caregivers, and the Butterfly Gardens–reopened in 2012 after a 2009 spider infestation–house butterflies of Costa Rican origin, the display of which helps finance the hospice. My mother (appearing in the fourth photo below, in iridescent green) and I paid the $C7 adult admission fee and entered.
They were beautiful. These fast-moving creatures were difficult to photograph, but I was able to take a few when they alighted somewhere, on a flower or an orange slice or a finger.
On this year’s visit, I definitely wanted to at least pass by the community of Toronto, to at least photograph some street signs. Why not? Toronto is just one of many seemingly misplaced communities on the map of Prince Edward Island–New Zealand, Norway, and Brooklyn all come to mind. Of all of these communities, though, Toronto may well be the most noticeable owing to its location just south of the resort destination of Cavendish.
The Prince Edward Island PlaceFinder doesn’t say much about Toronto.
Toronto, an unincorporated area, is located in Queens County in the central portion of Prince Edward Island, SW. of North Rustico. Its precise location is N 46°27′, W 63°23′.
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Martin (NOT Toronto)(Sett.) was adopted in Place names of PEI, 1925. Name changed to Toronto (Sett.) 22 November 1966 on 11L/6.Status changed to Locality 23 October 1989 on 203-8.
Where did Toronto get its name? I can’t easily discover this on the Internet, owing to the sheer number of Google hits for “Toronto” and “Prince Edward Island” combined. Perhaps the name was changed to attract visitors?
Regardless of the reason for the community’s name, Toronto PE is very different from Toronto ON. The archived 2006 census data for the region of Lot 23 that Toronto belongs to describes a community very different from the Toronto I’ve gotten to know over the past decade, with a falling and rural population composed entirely of Anglophones living overwhelmingly in single-family detached houses. The total population of Toronto PE would be much smaller still.