Historical Scarborough: Thomson Park

thomson park | scarborough

Yes. Scarborough is historical. The Thomson Settlement (a precursor of Thomson Park) was the first permanent settlement in Scarborough (then a township). Brothers David and Andrew came here in 1796 via Scotland.

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The first library in Scarborough was first organized on April 7th, 1834. It had 46 original members who paid a five shilling membership fee.

Scarborough Library | Thomson Park

Scarborough Library | Thomson Park

The Thomson memorial in the nearby cemetery which happens to be close to the Scarborough Library:

Thomson Family memorial

 

Elevated Wetlands

elevated wetlands

Along the Don Valley Parkway in Toronto you might see “giant teeth” just north of Don Mills on the west side of the highway. These are known as Elevated Wetlands.

“The Elevated Wetlands are functional sculptures, symbols of the integration of the plastics industry, art and environmental stewardship. The sculptures draw attention to the importance of wetlands as an ecosystem.”

I recently took a walk through the area one weekend.

elevated wetlands

elevated wetlands

elevated wetlands

elevated wetlands

elevated wetlands

elevated wetlands

Scarborough Bluffs Erosion

Doris McCarthy Trail | Scarborough

I walked down the Doris McCarthy Trail this afternoon with some friends. When we reached Lake Ontario we headed west along the shore. We came upon the results of one of our more recent rain storms. As many of you know the Bluffs have always been eroding. However, I have never seen a part of the cliffs that have recently broken off. Until today.

Scarborough Bluffs

While it looks like hard rock it is in fact a clay like substance that is densely packed.

 

 

Sylvan Park in Scarborough

Sylvan Park | Scarborough

Sylvan Park is not one of the largest parks in Toronto. But the view of Lake Ontario and the Scarborough Bluffs is outstanding. It’s also a great place to go with your dog for a walk. Here are some photos of my recent visit.

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McCowan and Hague Parks

McCowan + Hague Park | Scarborough + Toronto | karim kanji

Last week we hiked through the McCowan and Hague Park corridor in Scarborough. I think the ravine is the Pringdale Ravine. The Pringdale become buried and re-emerges further south in Gates Gully before emptying into Lake Ontario.

Pringdale Ravine | Scarborough - Toronto | karim kanji

To the north and east is the popular Cedarbrook Park.

The walk featured the ravine and a dense forest. It’s very accessible even during the winter.  I hope you enjoy the photos below.