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Toronto Music Garden

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Address: 475 Queen's Quay W, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone Number: 416 338 0338
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Landscape designer Julie Messervy and a group of landscape architects from...

Landscape designer Julie Messervy and a group of landscape architects from Toronto's Parks and Recreation Department designed the waterfront's Music Garden in such a way that it actually interprets in nature Bach's First Suite for Unaccompanied Cello. Starting off with the curves and bends of the riverscape, guests make their way through six sections of the garden ending at the Giant Grass Steps, which form a curved amphitheater where performances take place in the summer. 

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Wonderful even in November

We walked the waterfront from the Jack Layton ferry terminal to the Innukshuk Park and the Music Garden was the highlight. I had it on my list of things to see; it turned out to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 23, 2015
Venusalberta33
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Alberta, Canada

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Alberta, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

We walked the waterfront from the Jack Layton ferry terminal to the Innukshuk Park and the Music Garden was the highlight. I had it on my list of things to see; it turned out to be more than I expected. The design, the rocks, the paths, the sculptures, the plants and grasses, the views are so wonderful. We didn't have... More 

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London, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

If you stroll down the waterfront, definitely check out the music garden. It's small, shaped as the music key and surrounded with flowers and plants. It's gorgeous during summer, there are mini concerts organized there too (hence, the name). Definitely visit it with a family, pet and/or your significant other.

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Ontario
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

There are many beautiful flowers of different varieties. You get great views of the city, harbour, and islands. Not one of the top city attractions, but if you're down by Harbourfront it's well worth a visit. Would be a great spot for a picnic.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015

Walking along the harbor, we came across these gardens. Even in the fall these paths were beautiful. Very relaxing and therapeutic. Listening to a concert hear overlooking the water would be heaven.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

When someone the caliber or famed cellist Yo Yo Ma opened this garden, you know this is a quality place on Lake Ontaro. He floated in on a small yatch, playing his cello. Then he walked from sculpture to sculpture, playing something different that responded to the art.. there were such talented people joining him at each stop... ballet, children... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

The musical garden is one of the most beautiful places in Toronto. You have a beautiful view of 3 aspects of the city. looking south you have the Toronto islands, the airport and the marina with some beautiful boats docked. An added bonus of a 3 masted schooner docked at the east of the park allows you a close up... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

When we visited the garden on a warm and sunny Thursday the only music was that of the birds singing their little hearts out. Was wonderful just to sit and listen to them in the middle of a modern bustling city

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Herefordshire, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015 via mobile

A lovely quiet space well laid out with beatiful flowers and plants which attract a good range of bees butterflys and squirrels. A real oasis in huge dense city. This is one of the gardens and parks which make up the harbour front it is very pleasant 30 minute walk along the harbour from the cn tower to fort york.

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Lovely small park to stroll through, read the signs telling about each section based on the music of YoYo Ma. Each season of the year you see different plants in bloom. This Fall, the asters were out, birds were feasting on berries in the bushes and Monarch Butterflies were there in droves resting brefore their long flight to Mexico. Awesome!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015

It is not a huge park. Located close to the Harbourfront Centre. It is squeezed between Queens Quay and the Lake Ontario as a strip green space. However flowers, trees and plants are marvellous. It is a space right on the shoreline of the city to breathe and to enjoy the Lake Ontario and yacht harbour scene. There are concerts... More 

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Downtown West
Downtown West is home to Toronto's gorgeous Inner Harbor, and is a must-visit for lovers of art and the outdoors. The area's rich cultural heritage is celebrated by a number of monuments and museums, giving the neighborhood a mature feel. As a premier destination for modern art, people here stroll through the cool contemporary pieces at the Power Plant, enjoy the outdoor installations along Queen's Quay and Canoe Landing, and picnic among the zany designs of the Toronto Music Garden. The waterfront itself is often suffused with bikers and joggers, and the harbor is always packed with classic ships with masts raised. The vintage boats and ferries to the Toronto Islands make for a charming contrast against Downtown West's backdrop of skyscrapers, condos, and food trucks serving up hot, fresh fare to locals on the go. The area has a peaceful energy, and is popular with tourists and Torontonians alike.
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