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Lee Lifeson Art Park

On Saturday September 17, 2016, Toronto officially opened up one of its newest parks: Lee Lifeson Art Park. Named after the founding members of the iconic Canadian progressive rock band, Rush, the park is a celebration of the musical contributions of Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson.

It is now part of music folklore that Lee and Lifeson met in the Willowdale neighbourhood of the former city of North York.

On Saturday, all three members (Neil Peart was absent) received the key to the city by Toronto Mayor John Tory.

Historical Scarborough: Thomson Park

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.

thomson park | scarborough

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


Vita Parcours

Vita Parcours started in Switzerland in the late 1960s. These usually consist of exercise stations along a path or trail.

The first parcourse came into existence when a men’s gymnastics team in the commune of Wollishofen decided a great way to train and get some fresh air at the same time was by heading to a nearby wood and running and jumping over natural obstacles such as tree stumps.

In Toronto, one can be found in the Scarborough park, Cedar Brook Park.

Cedar Brook Park

The idea was well received, and a sponsor was found: the insurance company VITA (now Zurich Financial Services Group) which gave the unique trails their name, Vita Parcours, which they are still known by in Switzerland.

“The insurance company VITA showed an interest from the very beginning to develop a series of trails of this kind and not only for the gym club of Wollishofen,” Josef Bächler, head of the Vita Parcours foundation, told swissinfo.ch.

vita parcours

vita parcours


The Vita Parcours in Cedar Brook is in disrepair and really needs some work. However, next time you’re visiting the city’s east end, drop by and run the course. This just might be the type of exercise you need to reach your 2016 health goals.

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

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.



#PaddleTheDon with Kathleen Wynne

This past weekend I was invited to participate in the annual Manulife Paddle The Don event in Toronto.

At the heart of Canada’s largest urban region is the Don River. Once a year, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) provides a unique opportunity for people to paddle the Don River from Ernest Thompson Seton Park to the mouth at the Keating Channel.

Manulife Paddle the Don is all about having fun, enjoying nature, and celebrating the Don River watershed. The trip also provides a time for reflection on all the benefits we derive from the natural environment – air, water, resources, recreation, and spiritual renewal – that are integral to the health and function of the city and the surrounding region.

It was a beautiful day to celebrate the natural wonder and environment that is the Don River and it’s surrounding parks.

I also had the opportunity to chat with Ontario premier Kathleen Wynne.

Getting ready to #paddlethedon with @parkppl! #Toronto #parkTO #river

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