Yesterday we joined fire parade “PARKTOPIA”, with a hand-made lantern parade, shadow puppetry, live music and extraordinary visual images. This was performed on the Ward Island, part of Toronto Islands, with Shadowland Theatre’s Ward’s Island. This theatrical exploration of parks for essential community spaces offers families a tranquil respite from urban intensity. Ward Island is a part of a narrow low-lying peninsula, which for thousands of years prior to European colonization, was used for ceremonial gatherings and as a place of healing by Indigenous peoples of Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation and Chippewas.