Life on Campus / Spring 2009
Philosopher’s Walk

Plans are underway to refurbish the Queen Alexandra Gateway at the walk’s north end.


The Queen Alexandra Gates at the north end of Philosopher's Walk

As far back as the 1870s, Taddle Creek ravine – the meandering green space now known as Philosopher’s Walk – has been a popular spot for students and professors to stroll and contemplate. In recent years, U of T has made numerous improvements to the site, including the installation of the Bennett Gates at the walk’s southern entrance and plantings funded by friends and donors. A donation from TD Bank Financial Group allowed paving stones to be laid. Two new interpretive plaques explain the landscape’s origins.

With TD’s support, plans are underway to refurbish the Queen Alexandra Gateway at the walk’s north end, and to build a small amphitheatre midway. The gateway’s historic lamps and masonry will be repaired and the ironwork painted. The amphitheatre will provide seating for 20 to 30 – perfect for a lecture or starlit performance.


Reader Comments

# 1
Posted by Scott Anderson on April 22nd, 2009 @ 9:42 am

Regarding Philosopher’s Walk
—with apologies to Robert Frost

Four years at Toronto, my university
way back, but not a footfall did I make
on Philosopher’s Walk, from which re-
percussions may still be felt this late,

the walk well-traveled by likes
not like me, students and professors
on, tradition went, meditative hikes,
and, after twilight, 1950s-style lovers,

all that purged from memory until
the spring ’09 alumni magazine
told of (unpurging if you will)
work on one gate’s iron and a line

of plantings and the walk’s history
and a planned amphitheatre halfway.
And now I’m whelmed, in a quandary:
Had I walked the walk one day

instead of veering entirely clear
or hurrying past without a glance,
instead of skipping it each year,
would I be someone else perchance?

David Simms
BA 1960 St. Michael’s
Berryville, Virginia

# 2
Posted by Andre on January 21st, 2015 @ 12:56 pm

I wonder if it is possible to daylight the creek portion there, the sight and sound of moving water would deepen the experience.

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