On Friday, Marnie and I had a lovely walk through Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.
You may recall that I did a cemetery walk shortly before I left New York, touring a historic cemetery that I had once lived near, but never visited. I also enjoyed Marnie's post about her Mt. Pleasant visit, so this seemed like a good fit.
Mt. Pleasant is an absolutely beautiful park. Like many old manicured cemeteries, it also serves as an arboretum and sculpture garden. There were incredible old trees in blazing fall colors, and an immense weeping willow that had us gaping. Many famous people are buried in Mt. Pleasant, among them Mackenzie King (whose grave we noticed early on), Frederick Banting and Charles Best, the discovers of insulin, Jennie Smillie-Robinson, Canada's first female surgeon, and pianist Glenn Gould.
We paid our respects to victims of a 1970 plane crash, and got choked up in the children's garden. Is there anything sadder than seeing a grave with a cradle and little toys pictured on it? On the other side of the spectrum, we scoffed at the miniature Greek temples that the scions of Canadian business and industry had built to house their remains, complete with stained glass and Persian rugs. There are some nice photos of the cemetery here.
After we had lunch on Yonge Street, I had my first GO train screw-up. It was bound to happen, but it left us with at least an hour to kill. Note to self: don't just "remember" the train schedule. Write. It. Down.
Fortunately, Marnie had a great idea for a nearby time-killer: we visited CBC headquarters. There's a little museum, where you can hear snippets of famous CBC broadcasts, plus a screening room where there's always something on. And what was on as we wandered in? James, take note: The Frantics! My first exposure to the legend. As this Canadian comedy troupe has been mentioned dozens of times on wmtc, we were all kinds of pleased at the serendipity. (James, I still haven't seen those cows yet, but we didn't have time!)
We had to hightail it back to Union Station in order to get the second half of my GO train screw-up and wait yet another half-hour. I wouldn't care at all, I was having a great day, but I'm overly concerned with Buster's needs, as he's still taking a small dose of prednisone.
Other than the infrequency of service, I really like the GO trains. They are clean, comfortable, reliable (so far) and the trip from Port Credit is wonderfully short. So far the Toronto subway has been good, too - clean, fairly frequent and self-explanatory. At the risk of exposing my inner New York snob, it's a tiny system compared to the MTA, so very easy to manage.