The landscapes of Ontario provide form to a mystery that is difficult to describe. There is not a typical landscape because of the tremendous variety in natural and cultural heritage found here.
The Province is identified by water and geology, landforms and remarkable changes in ecosystems with large areas of meadows and prairies, woodlands and working lands, lake lands and majestic rivers including the Niagara Falls and the St. Lawrence River. The Far North is little known and a mystery to most people with its boreal forests and muskeg regions of the Canadian Shield and James and Hudson Bays. We also have sensational urban landscapes that cross modernism, new urbanism and historical significance in our southern regions.
These are some of the considerations behind this year’s selections for the Canadian Landscape Portfolio. This Ontario Portfolio recognizes the significance of a site, a space, a landscape definitive of Ontario. Our approach recognizes the Canadian Landscape Charter principles and provides OALA members with substantive support in the recognition and acceptance of representative images.
The OALA portfolio captures those significant moments when a close relationship is achieved between the Landscape Architect, an individual at one with the spirit of the landscape in Ontario.
Here we see cultural artifacts in agricultural and industrial landscapes, the joy of pink umbrellas, the stateliness of Ottawa, the glory and determination of nature and natural processes. Water and bedrock, nature and places to roam figure prominently in this collection. This is the landscape of Ontario; a beautiful mystery.