Two commons, the lake and a DUCK!

A beautiful way to celebrate Nunavut Day.

But first, about last week:

A busy morning started with a walk south and then a streetcar trip east. We found the start of the Making Peace photo exhibition, on Front Street East, and enjoyed every bit of it. What a beautiful installation. We followed those thoughtful photos all the way east to Corktown Common, a beautiful park. We admired its wetlands, reeds, hills and kids’ play areas. That neighbourhood was home to the athletes of the Pan Am/ParaPan Games a couple of years ago, so includes sculpture and interesting contemporary buildings, along with its older Toronto edifices. And it’s still evolving.

Then we walked south and west to Sherbourne Common to follow the storm-water treatment oasis/sculpture down to the lake and encountered the busy-ness and hubbub of the Redpath Festival. We really had no Festival plans, but it did remind us that we were all kind of curious about the World’s Largest Rubber Ducky, in town (well, in the lake, actually!) for a bit of Canada Day fun. So, we continued west, through the crowds that were part of a weekend holiday, mid-day, at Sugar Beach, and along the waterfront, over to beach hTO. Gotta admit: the big duck was a bit of a charmer! Of course, thousands of others agreed, heartily! We decided against spending too much time with the crowd, but it was fun. It was a beautiful day for all of that, but after many kilometres in the sunshine, we caminantes were hot and tired. And kind of interested in getting home to lunches and life. We took transit home, too. A wonderful morning.

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Sunday, July 09, 2017

We’ll meet at the Y at 9:00, as usual.  It’s Nunavut Day – an event few of us in Toronto hear much about, let alone take the opportunity to celebrate. I suggest something cool, and beautiful. A few of us visited the TD Bank’s Gallery of Inuit Art, over a year ago. It was a winter day and we were surprised by how much we enjoyed this very special collection of works. It was hard to leave! It seems like a lovely thing to do on Nunavut Day. It’s free. It’s quiet. And I bet it is nicely air-conditioned! And it’s a nice distance away – perfect for a Sunday morning walk. We’ll find an icy beverage on the stroll home! (Also suitable, maybe?)


We discussed going back Guildwood Park to see their theatre troupe perform. But! The Sunday performances are in the evening. I’m afraid that’s not a good evening for me to be trekking to the east end and back (I need to be up very early the next morning). So I have a suggestion. I will send a separate email sometime soon and try to figure this out, so a few of us can go anyway – and enjoy a weekday matinée. If we can find the right day, that would be great fun. And if we can’t manage to do this as a group, you may want to arrange that with other friends and family, anyway. The park is gorgeous – and we loved the “Greek theatre” architectural look of the theatre when we were there last. Stay tuned for info about that.

In the meantime, next week will be a perfect weekend to visit Nathan Phillips Square at City Hall, to enjoy the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition together. Like last year, we’ll walk over (or you can meet us, if you choose transit) and enjoy the art and fine craft at our leisure.

In a few weeks, what about afternoon tea, at Montgomery’s Inn historical property? We shall plan!

See you soon!

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