Laurier Avenue East – from King Edward Avenue to Strathcona Park – as well as its surrounding neighbourhood, Sandy Hill, have been home to a storied and diverse group of luminaries that include multiple Fathers of Confederation, Prime Ministers, Tommy Douglas, Sir Sandford Fleming, WWI flying ace Billy Bishop, ‘Confederation Poet’ Archibald Lampman and Canada’s first female Senator Cairine Wilson, as well as lumber barons, Supreme Court justices, Cabinet Ministers, Mayors, Lieutenant Governors, Clerks of the Privy Council, and heads of national institutions, such as the National Gallery. Today, when Canadians wander up Laurier, meander past St. Alban the Martyr’s Church or amble from All Saint’s Church to sit for a while in Strathcona Park they are quite literally walking in the footsteps of our nation-builders.

 

FATHERS OF CONFEDERATION PRIME MINISTERS
1.    Sir John A. Macdonald

2.    Sir Charles Tupper

3.    Sir Alexander Tilloch Galt

4.    John Hamilton Gray

5.    William MacDougall

6.    Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley

7.  Sir Alexander Campbell

1.    Sir John A. Macdonald

2.    Sir Charles Tupper

3.    Sir Wilfrid Laurier

4.    Sir Robert Borden

5.    William Lyon Mackenzie King

6.    John Diefenbaker

7.    Lester B. Pearson

8.    Pierre Trudeau

9.    John Turner

10.  Paul Martin

 

A number of their houses remain in modern Sandy Hill, including three directly on Laurier Avenue itself - Macdonald’s Stadacona Hall, Diefenbaker’s apartment at The Strathcona, and Laurier’s Laurier House, where Mackenzie King also resided and used as his principal office (now a National Historic Site). Others are within a few blocks of Laurier Avenue, including Tupper’s Daly Street residence, Pearson’s Augusta Street Cottage and Trudeau’s suite on Besserer St.   Moreover, All Saint’s Church, across the street from Laurier House, was the regular house of worship for Sir Robert Borden, whose state funeral was also held here, and St. Alban the Martyr Church at King Edward Avenue served the same role for Sir John A. Macdonald and Sir Charles Tupper. Truly no other avenue in Canada can boast this bounty of historical riches.