For this year's Doors Open event, we headed over to a building that we had walked past numerous times, the Ontario Legislative Building. Located in the middle of Queen's Park, this building is home to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario's suite, and the offices of Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs). As we made our way through the park on a sunny Sunday, we stopped to admire the trees and flowers in the area before heading inside.
We also learned some interesting facts about Ontario. Did you know that there are over 250,000 lakes in Ontario accounting for almost a third of the world's fresh water? The more you know!
Then we continued the self-guided tour and stopped by to see a LEGO Legislature that is being built for Canada (and Ontario)'s 150th anniversary this year. Luke jumped at the opportunity to place a brick on this structure.
This building has been the home of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario since it opened in 1893, but there were six previous meeting places for Ontario/Upper Canada's parliament from 1797 until 1893. This new facility was designed in the Richardson Romanesque style, with the exterior walls made of pink sandstone, quarried from the Credit Valley in Ontario.
Nowadays in Queen's Park, the house is in session on a set schedule during the weekdays, including over the next few weeks. It is open to the public, so as we left the Legislative Chamber we decided that we would come back to check it out when the house is in session.
Making our way down a long hall to the exit, we reflected on our visit and just continued enjoying our nice, relaxed walk around the Ontario Legislative Building.
Here are some more photos of our afternoon at Queen's Park: