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The unseasonably warm and ideal walking weather prompted me to get out and enjoy nature and it’s autumn splendor once again. On Thursday I ventured westward over to High Park.

This is the park of my childhood. I grew up a couple blocks away and even though I had a large backyard I still spent considerable time in the park. It was where I caught tadpoles, went toboganning and socialized.

The last time I lived in Toronto I also lived in this area. As an adult I appreciated High Park for its natural and landscaped areas, serenity, restaurant and farmer’s market. The park has a zoo, sports facilities, an off-leash dog park, playgrounds, picnics areas, trails and ponds. In days gone by you could skate on Grenadier Pond in the winter and rent paddle boats in the summer. Ecological rehabilitation takes priority now. This park is a treasure!

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Fishers

Fishers

I noticed a number of tweets highlighting fall walks for this Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend. I decided to head over to Tommy Thompson Park to take advantage of one of the volunteer guided walks. We went for a leisurely and informative walk over to the Bird Research Station. Along the way we met a few birders who were kind enough to share their binoculars with us. At the station we chatted a bit with the conservation staff person. He and the volunteers were busy banding birds. Our guide, I didn’t catch his name but he’s originally an oceanographer from Uruguay who met a Canadian woman and is now an environmental student here, mentioned that the cormorants in the park nest in the cottonwood trees. It’s unusual as cormorants normally nest on the ground and it’s killing the trees.

Bird banding at the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station

Bird banding at the Tommy Thompson Park Bird Research Station

Cormorant nests in Cottonwood trees

Cormorant nests in Cottonwood trees

As I was already at the park and it was such a lovely day I decided to continue walking on my own after the guided excursion. I made it over to the lighthouse and had meant to look for the turtles at the pond on the way back but forgot about it.

Lighthouse at Tommy Thompson Park

Lighthouse at Tommy Thompson Park

When I left home this morning it was a chilly 6 degrees Celsius but by afternoon it had definitely reached the anticipated 15 degrees, or more likely warmer as I no longer needed to wear my jacket. I’m loving this weather!

Have you been out enjoying nature this holiday weekend?

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015crOn Saturday I made my way through the Distillery District and along Cherry Street to Cherry Beach continuing along the Martin Goodman Trail and then heading over to Tommy Thompson Park.¬†The park is an urban wilderness on a man-made peninsula and is a popular destination for birding, fishing,¬†cycling and hiking activities. I’ve only been here once before, about 10 years ago. Today I was just out for a walk in another direction so I’ll save the lighthouse for another day, when I start earlier and bring water.

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It’s summertime and I’m near the waterfront. It’s a nice place to walk and offers a diversity of sights, landscapes and activities.

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017I’ve been itching to get over to the Toronto Islands and Tuesday’s weather was perfect for spending a leisurely afternoon walking about. Exploring is always fun! Even though I’ve seen it before there are always things I’ve forgotten or there are new discoveries.

Let’s start with some random signage.

003cr031073101cr104 I like the village feel of the homes and landscaping on Ward’s and Algonquin Islands.

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013crOf course there are nice views of the CN Tower, too.

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Fun things to do and a lovely escape for people who cycle, walk, explore, sail, kayak, canoe, swim or still want to sun bathe. I should have taken more shots with actual people in them! Oh well.

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107Next time I need to rent a bike.

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011crI was out for a walk on Sunday afternoon and encountered a thirsty horse in Berczy Park.

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053Once used for religious and political gatherings, public floggings and hangings, the square is another story of change and transformation. Situated behind the old Adelaide Street Courthouse, the square is a heritage site that was being used as a parking lot. The revitalized square was designed by Janet Rosenberg & Studio, CS&P Architects, and Susan Schell and built in 1997. It’s a lovely square with heritage plants and water features and I’m looking forward to seeing the garden in bloom.

The most famous hangings, and the last performed here, were on 12 April 1838: Samuel Lount and Peter Matthews, for their participation in the 1837 Rebellion.

I pulled this quote from the Lost Toronto blog, which references a plaque on Alan Brown’s website but the link is broken. I’m guessing it’s this plaque, located on a building near the square.

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