The best thing about having free time in the summer is having the opportunity to throw on some comfortable walking shoes (bright orange and pink Nikes in my case) and explore Toronto on foot. Summer is so fleeting, I feel like all opportunities to go adventuring must be taken before snow falls.
This week, Mikaius and I went to the Toronto Necropolis. Our route took us from Robarts Library to the heart of Old Cabbagetown, a walk that was a very sweaty fifty minutes to an hour. The weather was a muggy 25 degrees, and the twist cone we shared helped very little in cooling us down. Still great-tasting soft-serve, though.
According to Wikipedia, Toronto Necropolis opened in 1850 as a replacement for Potter’s Field and is one of the City’s oldest and most historic cemeteries. Luminaries of Canadian history are buried there, including such names as George Brown, Thornton Blackburn and Jack Layton. The fully-restored chapel and cemetery entrance are, according to the Mount Pleasant Group website, “some of Toronto’s finest examples of High Victorian Gothic architecture.”
Cemeteries have always made me feel calm and peaceful, and the Toronto Necropolis was no different. We managed to get there just before magic hour, and by the time we were walking around the far edges of the area the mosquitoes were out in full force. But it was beautiful and heartbreaking to read the dates and inscriptions on the memorials. So many stories. So many heartbreaks and successes, reduced to one-liners. There were also different religions represented among the stones, sitting there peacefully in quiet repose.