Wow. Four Jane’s Walks, and more. If you missed ’em, we missed you! One of us even missed a walk by mistake! (We’re sorry!) Anyone want to retrace our steps? Definitely worth your time. Many of these spots will be on our future walks.
For now, though, here are some photos and a Jane’s Walk link, for each walk (so you can see the routes). I took an extra walk or two in there. Just to fit in a little exercise!
Our first Jane’s Walk of the year: Greenroof and Wall Tour. Lovely green look at the walls around us – and a special bamboo grove I’d wanted to visit for ages. (Didn’t realize it was so accessible.)
walk leader Jonathan Silver
View out over the Rotman Building’s roof-groundcover, to the city
The lovely glass of the Rotman Building
Looking out from Rotman roof
You might recognize two people in the crowd (U of T’s Hart House, behind us)
Robarts Library, looking over a lower greenroof
Adrianna and an early magnolia
Convocation Hall’s “green wall” is not green yet, but will be, soon
A lovely indoor green wall
The young students on the walk were asked to touch the plants only as gently as they would touch someone’s face
Indoor hill with bamboo forest. Heaven.
Small green wall installation at the Eaton Chelsea Hotel
Next, a walk sharing the visual wonder of a new area in our downtown. Believe me, almost all of this was a surprise! Art and Parks Hidden Between Buildings. 11 out of 10! Go! Just go! We will certainly go again. Stunning!
“Back to Front” touch-reactive light sculpture by Jason Bruges
Setting out on our exploration
“Memorial to Commemorate the Chinese Railroad Workers in Canada” by Eldon Garnet & Francis LeBouthillier
lovely twisted bridge structure in distance
great iron ship masts sculpture in distance
under-bridge walkway with blue “Light Canoes” by Maha Mustafa
“Flower Power” by Mark di Suvero
Heather and Heather and the magnolias
“Puente de Luz” by Francisco Gazitua – yellow iron pedestrian bridge
panorama around “Puente de Luz”
Our wonderful animator, and city enthusiast, Ran Chen – she is fabulous!
“Approaching Red” by Maha Mustafa – beautiful wave structure in CityPlace
Whoa!!!!!! Skybridge!! (There are two apartments in there – phew!)
“Bobber Plaza” in CityPlace’s Canoe Landing Park, designed by Douglas Coupland
“Bobber Plaza”… and the rest of the city!
SkyBridge towers and looms over the colourful fishing bobbers in CityPlace
neat hat, as we admire CityPlace, Canoe Landing, and the skyline
Heather & Adrianna at Douglas Coupland’s Canoe Landing “Tom Thomson’s Canoe”
“Iceberg Benches” – Douglas Coupland, in Canoe Landing Park
Fort York branch of the library – with Margaret Atwood/Susannah Moodie quotations
great colour schemes everywhere
more great colours
at Fort York Visitors’ Centre
Under the Gardiner Expressway
beautiful ironwork fences, sculptures and bannisters lead us to…
… more great iron fences, and…
Vito Acconci, “Fence on the Loose” – these chairs have a little spring to them.
We arrive at the brand new June Callwood Park!
Interesting sound installation, to be governed by movement of clouds…
Ran & guest Raymond Chow discuss research for creating June Callwood Park
Pink rubber, pink granite, trees, sound, maze, water installation. Summer visit definitely planned!
Lovely grove to grow into a shrub maze
A pink maze-bench! (Can you guess June’s favourite colour?)
intrepid walkers, after a terrific afternoon!
Passing the bridge from a distance – while a train passes under it.
Our third walk: even more thrilling. At 5:00 a.m. we headed into the darkness of High Park’s forests, from the Nature Centre. The highly anticipated Dawn Chorus Walk was the best walk I’ve ever taken, hands down. The mystery! The wonder! Join us, next year. (But don’t tell too many friends about it.)
Emily Rondel & Jon Hayes tell us what to expect
And off we go, into the dark forest. Quietly!
As light gradually grew, birdsong was all around, and lovely silhouetted trees.
A hint of sunrise in the distance, as we listen to sparrows, chickadees and gnat-catchers.
Adrianna and Marion troupe further into the woods
A quiet row of hikers
We stop to hear the blue-grey gnat-catchers, and are rewarded with a loon fly-past, with wild cries! (Quite rare for them to sing out, in flight.)
Another glorious tree, silhouetted in the early morning.
We arrive at Ben’s Place!
A bird sanctuary, of sorts, this hidden refuge is full of volunteer-filled bird feeders.
Ben is gone now, but his bird-loving friends continue the tradition of feeding the birds in this hidden spot.
Near this decorated part of the sanctuary, we saw a small woodpecker, feeding.
Just outside Ben’s Place, a Cooper’s hawk’s nest!
And an Ontarian treat: a red trillium on our path back!
Last walk of the weekend was really on our own turf. We didn’t expect any surprises and might not even have chosen this one, except that it was nearby and the timing was perfect. City by Heart took us through the Trinity-Bellwoods, Queen West and CAMH areas. It started out lightly, but ended on an interesting and serious note, with the history and redevelopment of the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. A thoughtful way to end our excellent weekend of walks.
At Trinity-Bellwoods Park, we spotted this unattributed quote…
Michelle Pinchev starts the exploration in Trinity-Bellwoods Park
Jan and another lovely magnolia
Ossington laneway garage art
Uber’s chicks, on a garage
Tech/tribal tag on garage door
Completely contrasting doll painting on piece of fencing plywood
Or, a not-so-broken alley, really
Tiny ceramic beasts have been spotted in a number of downtown lanes…
Heather listens as Michelle wraps up with some historical information about CAMH and the patient-built walls there.
And this week’s plan…
May 10, 2015:
It’s cherry blossom time. Let’s go to High Park – as we did last year – and celebrate the lovely spring tradition of strolling out to see the blooms. They’ve been out all week, so I hope our early morning visit will not be too crowded! See you at 9, to leave the Y on foot. Or meet us there, if you prefer (make sure you are in touch, so we can find you!). To make this a shorter morning, you could drive or take transit. I plan to take the streetcar home, as I have a busy Sunday afternoon. The forecast is warm! Summer walks ahead: Wychwood, Beaches, Little India, Leslie Spit, Queen’s Park, Riverdale Park, Doors Open Toronto, Kensington, Ward’s Island Strawberry Social, Scarborough Bluffs… and other spring, summer and fall things. Share your walk ideas. Care for some longer walks? Or more distant walks, to new horizons? (Shall we drive east for a Rouge Valley hike, for instance?) Let’s talk about it!
See you soon!
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