Toronto, all Across The Waterfront

Toronto has always had the lake! We drink from it, sail on it, fly over it, and sometimes even swim in it. Most times we hang around it, even on the hottest summer day it’s always just a little cooler near the lake. I took a trip this weekend from east to west, not always in that order, but got a chance to enjoy the view of the city from the waters edge. DSC_0754 DSC_0756 DSC_0744 Nice warm Saturday and people were out in numbers enjoying the weather and obviously the Volleyball. DSC_0727DSC_0755DSC_0753-001and who can forget that intimidating 10M board that was always a point of bravery as to who would go off first when we were young. DSC_0724 DSC_0713 DSC_0707 East pumping station with a shiny blue thing behind it and the rest of the walk seemed to be Movie studios and new construction. Lots of folks getting seaworthy for another season. DSC_0719 Cherry St. seemed to be fairly busy too, seems people are hustling to get ready for another summer on the lake, professionally and recreationally. DSC_0677 DSC_0678 DSC_0663 Nice view of the skyline as well, even the swan seemed to like it. DSC_0669 DSC_0681 DSC_0692 Next into the harbour. The everchanging harbour. Seems like civilization is brushing up real close. DSC_0890 DSC_0912 DSC_0966And yet at the same time we seem to reflect it, even in playful ways. The boats. The many wonderful boats. Big, small, some for work, some for play, some to save lives. Some still in storage waiting for a time to come soon when they will again fill the harbour with traffic. DSC_0946 DSC_0954 DSC_0916 DSC_0945 DSC_0897DSC_0923 DSC_0930 DSC_0909 DSC_0944 Seems an awful lot busier these days. Joey Bishop Airport seems to be teeming with activity. What if they allow jets, this could get crazy. And of course had to show my fave. The world’s shortest scheduled ferry run. 101 meters and about 90 seconds with a favourable wind. DSC_0902DSC_0899DSC_0901 And seagulls, those wonderful birds. I also met a couple of Long-Tailed ducks, they seemed like a nice couple though. DSC_0905 DSC_0936 DSC_0876 When you get past the playground that was a gift to us Ontarians, a free playground, from a previous provincial government that now is waiting redevelopment you come across a couple of landmarks. DSC_0847 DSC_0863 DSC_0862 A little further and you start to see the view from the west. A new Urban jungle rising on the water’s edge. Massive gobs of glass and steel perched on the edge of redeveloped natural habitats. DSC_0824 DSC_0814 DSC_0820 A little further yet and the view of Toronto is incredible. The gaps we remember on the skyline seem filled in and yet construction continues at a hectic pace. DSC_0797-001 DSC_0800 As you leave the bustle life on the shore once again takes a more relaxed approach. Different day, different weather, different lake, but the same human desire to get out there and enjoy the lake as much as possible. DSC_0773 DSC_0775 DSC_0806 DSC_0778 And all along my entire trip, those wonderful seagulls, enjoying it all, here in Long Branch, hovering over strong gusts of wind coming off of a pier, and lastly a cannon cause a trip like this has to end with a bang. DSC_0781 DSC_0782 DSC_0793 The weather will only get better., all these places will only get busier, but as always, enjoy Toronto!

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South Parkdale

A beautiful sunny day for a walk. Today’s was to South Parkdale.

DSC_0558 Streets lined with wonderful old homes , some gnarly trees that will soon be thick and lush.DSC_0568DSC_0567All nestled just north of the main artery into Toronto from the west. Highway,rail, foot and bike paths.DSC_0560DSC_0566Most of these home are extremely well kept.

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Some are just plain friendly looking.

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Seemed so quiet and serene, but we all know that Monday morning this will look way
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DSC_0589A great day to get out and about. As always, enjoy Toronto!