Tour The Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden Near Peterborough

There will be an Open House at the Cham Shan Temple's Wutai Shan Buddhist Garden on Saturday, July 1st from 10 am. to 1 p.m., and entry is free.

The gardens are still under construction and access is restricted to some areas. Visitors are advised to wear sturdy hiking shoes because the terrain is dusty and uneven. Sandals and flip flops are an absolute no-no. Visitors should also bring water as there are few facilities on site.

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada.com

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada.com

Below is a picture showing the enormity of the laughing Buddha on the grounds. It was built in China, cut into 72 pieces and shipped here in containers and reassembled. It weighs 127 tons. The head alone is 26 tons.

Photo courtesy Andy Harjula

Photo courtesy Andy Harjula

The Wutai Shan Garden is located at 708 Ski Hill Road, a few minutes north of Bethany. The site is 530 acres and is one of four sites being developed by the Buddhist Association of Canada. The total acreage of the four sites combined is 1,700 acres.

The sites—chosen because of their serenity, tranquility and natural environment—have taken two decades to plan and will take a further 20 years to construct at an estimated cost of $80 million dollars.

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada.com

Photo by Neil Morton, PTBOCanada.com

For further information about the Buddhist Association of Canada, contact Diane Chen at Cham Shan Temple in Toronto, 905.886.1522, ext 333.

-> We took a tour of the grounds back in June 2015. Read about it here.

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