Maple Cottage is one of the few intact examples of a traditional Ontario workers’ cottage in Toronto. According to legend, the silver maple that stood in front of it inspired the song by Alexander Muir, ”The Maple Leaf Forever.” In 2013 the tree was blown over in a wind storm. The song was written in 1867 and it is thought that Maple Cottage was built in 1873, however it didn’t appear in Toronto city directories until 1891. The first association between Maple Cottage and “The Maple Leaf Forever” occurred when the Grand Orange Lodge erected a plaque there to commemorate Alexander Muir and his song in 1930.
When the house became vacant in the late 1980s it was derelict until the City of Toronto restored it. The City bought a Fine Art Print of this painting which was unveiled at the opening ceremony celebrating the cottage’s restoration in 2002.
8″ X 12″
FINE ART PRINT