Queen Elizabeth Way Monument

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The Queen Elizabeth Way Monument in Sir Casimir Gzowski Park
The Queen Elizabeth Way Monument plaque
The monument in 1940

The Queen Elizabeth Way Monument, also known as the Lion Monument and as the Loring Lion, is an Art Deco memorial originally located at the Toronto end of Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW). The monument was designed by architect W.I. Sommerville, and sculptors Frances Loring, and Florence Wyle helped model the royal profiles and crown.

It was dedicated June 7, 1939 during the visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the namesake of the highway, in what was the first visit to a British dominion by the reigning sovereign. It consists of a column with a crown at the top and a lion at the base. The monument was moved in August 1975 in order to accommodate widening of the original QEW, and is now located in the nearby Sir Casimir Gzowski Park along Lake Ontario, on the east side of the Humber River.[1] It was re-dedicated in 1989 by Queen Elizabeth, by then styled and known as The Queen Mother.

Also along the QEW is a decorative stone pillar on the eastern approach to the Henley Bridge in St. Catharines, Ontario that was also dedicated by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1939. There are two monuments at the bridge (east and west approach) consisting of four regal lions, each bearing a unique shield. A pillar is located on the opposite side of each monument with a sailboat motif on the west pillar.

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  • Stamp, Robert M. QEW – Canada's First Superhighway.
  1. ^ Hopkins, Jeanne (May 9, 1991). "Road Built For Depression Revival". The Toronto Star. p. N4.  |section= ignored (help)

Coordinates: 43°37′59″N 79°28′13″W / 43.633167°N 79.470409°W / 43.633167; -79.470409