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. Nice warm Saturday and people were out in numbers enjoying the weather and obviously the Volleyball. and 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. 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. Cherry St. seemed to be fairly busy too, seems people are hustling to get ready for another summer on the lake, professionally and recreationally. Nice view of the skyline as well, even the swan seemed to like it. Next into the harbour. The everchanging harbour. Seems like civilization is brushing up real close. And 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. 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. And seagulls, those wonderful birds. I also met a couple of Long-Tailed ducks, they seemed like a nice couple though. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. The weather will only get better., all these places will only get busier, but as always, enjoy Toronto!