This week, back to the ISLANDS!
But first, about last week:
How long have we discussed going for a canoe trip? You know… just a little canoe trip. Well, at last we did it! We had a wonderful morning at the Humber River’s Etienne Brûlé park, seeing exhibits about Toronto’s history and meeting some very interesting Ontario wildlife, and more. Then we school-bused to the Humber River marshes, an easy ten-minute drive away, where we received a mini-course in canoeing safety. Then, off we set.
One of us hadn’t been in a canoe before but, suffice to say, with two (ahem ;-)) very experienced paddlers before and aft, she loved every minute! There were damp feet, bums and knees, but we didn’t tip! It was a glorious, sunny day. And lots of fun! We took a few photos to share, too.
(** Yes, website photo capacity issue… resolved! I’ll work on it for a while. Eventually, I’ll replace all posted pictures with smaller files, to make room for more. Let me know if you notice any issues due to this massive revision. **)
Have a look at our morning. And my early afternoon:
Beautiful red-tailed hawk
A mature bald eagle
There were some lovely smaller turtles – all endangered species
Anna meets a snake – and she is a bit shy, but very brave.
This might be a fox snake? They were all interesting, but I forgot to note the names…
Not a native Ontarian, but a Canadian! quite clingy… eek!
Lots of smaller snakes, too – none poisonous, all endangered
This little snake was strikingly striped.
Our history is difficult, really: Hudson’s Bay point blanket coat with Métis sash and hat. Ouch.
Artifacts old and older at TO architectural booth. interesting!
MomenTO introductory remarks: a host, a Missisauga elder for blessing and drumming (and later, storytelling), an ASL interpreter, a Métis sash in front row… this event looks promising.
A local blessing of the event, with drummed prayer.
L, Skylar, Anna – just a quick school bus trip down to the canoe launch.
Our bus and great driver – at the canoe launch, near the Humber Marshes.
First, a little instruction in canoe safety. Good plan. The river is very shallow here, but we were impressed with all their safety measures, which included guides along the river, keeping an eye on us!
Anna photographing and Skylar paddling.
We drift a bit, so Anna and I can take pix!
In the wetlands – here and there – trees and stumps.
Reeds and grasses on the Humber.
Sun on the lilypads and one closed blossom…
Then, at last – an opening waterlily! So we keep looking…
Yes! A couple more blooming water lilies and a pair of swans in the shady distance.
Anna and Skylar paddling the beautiful Humber River marshes. And loving it!
The bus dropped us at the subway, but I headed back to the exhibit area to visit the birds and meet the great horned owl.
One of the event volunteers was sketching the horned owl – lovely!
This handsome snapping turtle was not shy in the crowd.
Mike Ormsby was there, sharing his in-progress birchbark canoe. Beautiful!
Pretty wild daisies were all around the Humber shores.
What Anna and Skylar missed: my amazing little “snack”! West End Food Co-op fundraiser lunch for Co-op Cred program. I was delighted to donate (and a multi-course, super-healthy lunch in the sunshine was wonderful.) And… I walked all the way home, afterwards! That seemed best, considering!
Sunday, September 17, 2017:
Meet at the Y at 9:00. Check weather and be prepared. Bring a water bottle and a great little picnic for yourself, because… we’re going back to the Islands! We’ll take TTC and the ferry. You can pre-purchase your ferry ticket online, if you wish, to avoid the lineup. (You need a credit card to do that. Ticket is good for any return trip until 31 December.)
We’ll wander Hanlan’s Point, Centre Island and over to the boardwalk and Ward’s Island (maybe Snake and Algonquin Islands, too). If there are spots you’d enjoy, let me know. We’ll choose somewhere scenic for a lunch-break around mid-day, and then keep walking. Skylar requests a tea-visit to (Ward’s) Island Café, when we’ve all had enough. That sounds great.
Departure from the Islands will be flexible. To discuss, en route, in case you need an early return ferry.
Grass and trees are green and so many things are still in bloom. Let’s get over there and enjoy the beautiful retreat of summer.
And, NEXT WEEK, a little advanced planning needed!
I hope we will hike in the north part of the Rouge National Urban Park! (northeast of Markham and Steeles)
Just wanted to give plenty of notice, but for now, let’s consider this a maybe! Read on, and you’ll see why.
Once again, you’ll need:
– transit fare to get to the early morning pickup
– a reservation made online with PARKBUS
($5.00 credit card charge, refunded if you show up!)
(DON’T RESERVE YET, until we confirm the times. etc.!)
– AND water and a satisfying picnic lunch.
The challenge may be: no washrooms! I sent PARKBUS a message about that section of the park, and hope to hear soon. If that turns out to be the case, we’ll have a couple of options. One of which is just to go anyway, and make it a much shorter trip! (Yikes! Believe me, I’m just kidding!) Let’s talk about this on our Island walk. If I have game-changing info in the next day or two, I will send you an email confirming that you should book your bus spot, pronto, IF YOU EMAIL ME or COMMENT ON THIS POST, please! (I don’t want to re-contact the whole gang… only walkers who are considering joining us on that day, Sunday, September 24th. Thanks!)
If the plan doesn’t seem appropriate, we have lots of other ideas, no fear! And your suggestions are most welcome.
COMING RIGHT UP:
What about visiting The McMichael Collection, in Kleinburg? Let’s talk about this. There’s a cost. But there’s also a reasonable bus-trip from downtown TO. We’d each bring a picnic and enjoy a couple of the exhibitions and a walk on the trails, too. It’s a day-long commitment (leave the Y at 9:30, bus to Kleinburg at 10:30, leave McMichael for downtown at 4:30… ). This would be wonderful. Please let me know your thoughts. (The bus trip runs all summer, until October, and people would need to book in advance, to be sure of a seat.)
A trip to Bluffer’s Park? Let’s do it! Also: in a few weeks, afternoon tea at Montgomery’s Inn. Then, let’s explore St. James Cemetery for beautiful carvings, historical names and shady trees. Colour-change along the Don River there is very special. Yes, some easy west-end neighbourhood walks, too. Believe it or not, there are lots of new murals and buildings to see!
Feel free to bring a friend along to share our walks.
We’ll see you soon for another great walk.
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Welcome. You really should walk with us!
See you Sunday!
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