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article imagePhoto essay: Autumn in full bloom in uptown Toronto (video) Special

By Andrew Moran     Oct 15, 2010 in Environment
Toronto - The leaves are changing, the days are shorter and the weather is becoming gloomy. The season of autumn is in full bloom in Toronto and there is one place where one can admire the allurement and magnificence of autumn: Mount Pleasant Cemetery.
Poet E.E. Cummings once said, “A wind has blown the rain away and blown the sky away and all the leaves away, and the trees stand. I think, I too, have known autumn too long.”
October is the month where nature begins to die; the trees change colour, days end early, the nights become chilly, the children rake the leaves only to make a pile and jump in them and people get ready for All Hallow’s Eve.
In suburban areas and small towns, one can witness some of the most beautiful scenery. However, if it is impossible to go a great distance, a city dweller can visit the Mount Pleasant Cemetery – one of the oldest cemeteries in the Toronto area that dates back to the early 19th century – and view delightful trees, statues and listen to the brisk wind that rustle the trees.
The cemetery has some notable Canadians residing there, including Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, musician Glenn Gould, co-discoverer of insulin Frederick Banting, Ontario Premier William Hearst and Toronto mayor Robert Hood Saunders.
In total, there are more than 168,000 people residing there.
Mount Pleasant Cemetery is located in uptown Toronto on Yonge Street between Davisville Avenue and St. Clair Avenue.
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