Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Watery Wednesday #73 ~ Along the boardwalk

Ward's Island Ferry Dock
When my time in the "big" city starts to overwhelm me I head out to walk on the Toronto Islands.
Disembarking ferry with Toronto skyline shrinking away!
A beautiful collection of natural and man made islands that can calm the weary soul by taking a 15 minute ferry ride at the foot of Toronto's financial district.
The island side of the The Eastern Gap
The Boardwalk on the southside of the Islands
Created as a result of winds carving out sands from the Scarborough Bluffs and lake currents carrying the sands west the islands were originally an isthmus running from the Don River to the foot of Bathurst Street in Old Fort York also known as Toronto!
The waves were the residual from the winter storm that hit the eastern USA over the weekend.
Known as a place of peace and healing and good fishing by the Mississauga First Nations the land was taken over as a recreational area by the first Europeans to settle Upper Canada.
Hmmm...reminders of home!
After wave action from a huge storm in 1864 opened up what is now known as the Eastern Gap the "Islands" were formed.
My intent was to write about some of the history and geography of these islands however there is way too much for one post so here is a taste of a walk along the southern boardwalk on a sunny winter day while I do some more research! Enjoy!
Centre Island Pier
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Anonymous said...

brr, brr - i love the frozen branch a lot.

Alaine said...

A lovely, peaceful place to visit.

Anonymous said...

Aw, so nice to see the islands again, but damn that looks cold!

The history is interesting and I'm looking forward to reading more.

gemini said...

Ohhhh...so cold it think. Friends from your country emailed me about heavy snow and very cold weather, but your pics here are so beautiful too. visiting and saying have a wonderful day.

Lorac said...

You did the lake side justice. Well done!

Gaelyn said...

Sure is nice to have a natural place to get away from the city. Although it looks really cold, the ice is so beautiful and unusual. I'll bet those waves make you homesick. Excellent captures and post. I look forward to more about this place.

Powell River Books said...

Looks more like ice Wednesday than water Wednesday. We are still getting warm weather on the coast. Today was sunny and about 10 degrees. No wind, so it was lovely to sit outside and read. I swear it is already spring. The geese think so, I heard them come in for a landing at dawn behind the cabin. They are a whole month early. - Margy

Stine in Ontario said...

Nice photos, Carolyn! Although I live in Ontario, I have never been to the Toronto Islands!

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Linda said...

Already I've learned some history from this post, so it came in a nice digestible quantity.

Judy said...

I have never been to the Toronto Islands - I love the waves and the ice you have photographed, though!!


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