Don River, south

This week, another river!
But first, about last week:

I grew up near the Don River but have only rarely visited the southern part of that former industrial body of water. When I was a kid, it was considered highly polluted, but we played in it anyway. (This may explain a lot!) We were also motivated, by our teachers, to help clean it up. There’s still work to be done in that department. Anyway, long ago, the city revised and squared off the river’s path, so it could empty out into the inner harbour. Now, plans and financing are afoot –  re-directing and re-naturalizing the mouth of the Don so the river will do what it wants to do, once again. Time will tell. So we went to have a look.

Of course we found the Love Letter to the Great Lakes murals we’d hoped to see. And evidence of the Pan Am Path (which we’ll explore more, in parts, in future). We enjoyed a glorious sunny day. We looked around the new “Canary District” a bit, had a snack on Keating Channel (in the creatively named Keating Channel Pub). And a couple of us walked all the way back. We can now officially tell you that the Hudson’s Bay Christmas windows this year are pretty nifty. Definitely worth a peek.

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As for the north reaches of the Don? We’ll make a start on all of that. It may take many future walks! And we didn’t see much of the Corktown Commons, though we were nearby. Later!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Meet at the Y at 9:00, as usual. We’ll take a vote about method of transportation. We shall either walk or take transit to the mouth of the Humber River. (So BRING TTC FARE.) Method chosen will depend upon the weather, and everyone’s schedule.

You know that lovely lakeside bridge we’ve walked to in the past? This time, our walk begins there. It’s going to be interesting! Under and around the freeway and more, we’ll walk north until we feel like stopping. Maybe Bloor West? Maybe even Dundas West, if we feel energetic. It’s going to be a sunny day. This could be as nifty a walk as last week! Join us, and see what we can find.


Christmas flowers at the Allan Gardens. A walk to enjoy excellent hot chocolate (again). The Spadina installation of Love Letters to the Great Lakes murals. The Distillery District, perhaps? And maybe some holiday dim sum?

Feel free to bring a friend along to share our walks. We’ll see you soon.

Are you just finding WestWalking for the first time?!

Welcome. You really should walk with us!
See you Sunday!

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