Who was E.T. Seton?

Well, since the spring of 2011 has frustrated us all with a wet, cold start  – and this has held up installation of the course by a couple of weeks I have had some time to do a bit of research on the history of the park….I’ll try to make it interesting (and brief).

The most interesting thing I discovered about the land, is that it was once originally intended to be the location for the Toronto Zoo until 1967 when the current site was approved by city council and subsequently the Riverdale Zoo (opened in the 1880s) was re-located.

Ernest Thompson Seton was originally born in England but moved to Toronto in the 1870s. Among other things, he is was an artist, writer, environmentalist and story-teller.

Other interesting facts about his life:

-Made a 2,000 km (7-month) canoe trip through the Canadian north in 1907. Many of the maps he made during that time are still considered to be very accurate!

– one of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America

– Had a moustache, and crazy hair!

– He died in 1946 at the age of 86

For more on his life  & times, and to see some of his artwork have a look at http://www.etsetoninstitute.org/

There’s your history lesson for the day – hope you learned something new about Toronto and the man behind the name!

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