Assiniboine Park

“In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.” Kahlil Gibran

I went for a walk in Assiniboine Park with my long time friend Esther on Friday morning. We went early to avoid the heat and strolled through the English Gardens. I took a couple of photos of the dew on the flowers. Esther and I had a lovely visit and on my bike ride home I thought there was a quote by Kahlil Gibran that might describe our morning. Gibran was hugely popular in the seventies but I have given away the volumes of his poetry I once owned. I was able to find the quote above online.

As Esther and I walked down to Portage Avenue to get a coffee we saw all these little painted rocks lined up artistically down the whole length of the footbridge in Assiniboine Park.  Some enterprising children must have created a sort of pop up gallery of artwork. I loved this one with its cryptic message to ‘be happy.’ This sparkly bright pink one provided a lively contrast to the leaves around it. Check out this contemporary design.  This one reflects a message especially relevant for our current circumstances.

With my parents and my sister in Assiniboine Park in the 1950s

It seems that every time I go to Assiniboine Park I discover some little treasure to remember or I tuck away some new memory.  My parents got engaged in Assiniboine Park. 

Here are just a few photos from the many I have that were taken in Assiniboine Park. How grateful I am especially during this time when being indoors with people can be dangerous to have beautiful outdoor spaces like Assiniboine Park where we can meet friends and family in a safe way.

This photo was taken with good friends in Assiniboine Park 2015

I took this photo of my friend Meena with the Winnie the Pooh statue in Assiniboine Park in 2014

Our grandson checks out the polar bears swimming at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in 2018

Clouds reflected in the water in a pond in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden in Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park. I took this photo in 2016

Posing with Lady With the Book statue in the Assiniboine Park English Gardens 2018

Dave and me on a bench in Assiniboine Park 2012

Posing with my friend Beena by a statue of Moses in the Leo Mol Sculpture Garden in 2014

Other posts…….

Go to the Park

A Quick Visit to Assiniboine Park

The Qualico Family Centre- Assiniboine Park



Filed under Art, COVID-19 Diary, Nature, Winnipeg

2 responses to “Assiniboine Park

  1. Hi MaryLou, the painted rocks are “a thing.” People find the rocks amd there’s Facebook pages dedicated to finding them, then you can keep it or re-hide it somewhere new for another person to find. Some rocks travel the world over. We found one at an old church ruin in England.


    • Thanks, Suzanne. Come to think of it I have found a few of these in the Little Free Library at our church. Hope you got home okay last night. I actually had to stop once because the rain was so heavy I really couldn’t see where I was going.


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