The Golden Horseshoe, a splash of colour
May was an exciting month for us at Our Home & Miniature Land as it marks the completion of our Golden Horseshoe exhibit! The team is now focusing their attention on building our third exhibit, Ottawa. Take a look at the CTV Knight in the Morning Twitter post in our web-site media section for a preview of the work on our Parliament buildings.
Throughout the Golden Horseshoe exhibit, you’ll find various recognizable places from London, Kitchener, Waterloo and Stratford, we even have our very own bustling Octoberfest. Not only that, but stretched across is highway 401, with miniature self-driving cars zipping through. Lets be honest, we’ve all been jammed on the 401 at some point and it’s just as frustrating in miniature. For this exhibit, we decided to change things up a bit, seasonally speaking, with a display of orange, red and yellow hues to represent the incredible fall colours.
Below are two sites you’ll have the opportunity to explore throughout your journey of the Golden Horseshoe exhibit. We wanted to give you a little background into these significant structures and the impact they have on Canada’s history. One honours innovation and science and the other celebrates arts and culture.
The Banting House
Located at 422 Adelaide in London, Ontario, the Banting House is the site of Sir Frederick Banting’s discovery of insulin. In 1920, he purchased 442 Adelaide for $7,800 and decided to open a private practice, from that moment he would go on to make history as the co-discoverer of insulin along with physiologist, John James Rickard Macleod. Currently, Banting House National Historic Site of Canada is both a museum that honours Sir Frederick Banting’s life and work, and the site of offices for the local branch of the Canadian Diabetes Association.
The Stratford Festival
A place where hundreds of talented actors and playwrights have come to perform their art, and the setting of the beautiful works by William Shakespeare. The Festival Theatre located in Stratford, Ontario is one of four permanent venues from the Stratford Festival, and one that lives in miniature among our Golden Horseshoe exhibit. It was founded in 1953 by Tom Patterson, a journalist who wanted to boost the city’s economy by introducing a theatre festival dedicated to the work of William Shakespeare, whose own birthplace shares a name with Stratford. Check out our miniature theatre with its own Romeo and Juliet performance!
By the way, ever wonder what a swan parade looks like? Well, if you’re curious, make sure to check it out in our Golden Horseshoe exhibit!