The Canada Ireland Foundation is dedicated to celebrating and commemorating the story of the Irish in Canada.  Learn more about our projects.

Ireland Park

Situated on Eireann Quay on Toronto's waterfront, Ireland Park commemorates the Irish migrants who, fleeing the Great Famine, sought a new life in Toronto, including those who perished during the difficult journey or shortly after their arrival.  Completed in 2007, the tranquil park features a series of human figures in bronze ("Arrival") by renowned sculptor Rowan Gillespie that complement a set of figures ("Departure") in Dublin.  Learn more

Grasett Park

Grasett Park - rending of glass feature

Scheduled to be completed in July 2021, Grasett Park honours the selfless doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers who sacrificed their own lives to tend to Irish migrants that arrived in Toronto during the summer of 1847 sickened and dying from typhus, then known as ship's fever.   The small urban park (at the corner of Adelaide Street West and Widmer) is located on the former site of Toronto's Emigrant Hospital and the fever sheds hastily erected to accommodate the influx of sick and contagious newcomers.    Learn more  


Irish History in Canada

List of Resources:

The Great Famine Voices Roadshow - a digital exhibition curated by Dr. Jason King.

The Famine Irish and Canada’s First Responders - a film by Kevin Moynihan

The Canadian Association for Irish Studies