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.
The first library in Scarborough was first organized on April 7th, 1834. It had 46 original members who paid a five shilling membership fee.
The Thomson memorial in the nearby cemetery which happens to be close to the Scarborough Library:
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.
While it looks like hard rock it is in fact a clay like substance that is densely packed.
If you’re in my neck of the woods this Sunday I’d like to invite you to our neighbourhood Pumpkin Parade. If you have any questions find me on Twitter @karimkanji.
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.
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.
On a Wednesday afternoon I ventured out to the farthest ends of east Toronto. Close to the Toronto Zoo is the world-renowned Rouge Park. The Rouge Park is the only national (soon) park situated within an urban centre.
Rouge Park is over 40 km2, protecting two National Historic Sites and a variety of ecosystems joining the post-glacial Oak Ridges Moraine, roughly 50 km north of Toronto, and the City’s biggest wetland, where the Rouge River empties into Lake Ontario (Source)
See my photos of Rouge Park in Toronto, below.
Michael Gauthier must have been proud. This past weekend the natural ice rink that Professor Gauthier and his environmental science students built (with the help of volunteers, community members and Home Depot, among others) finally officially opened.
We first came across Gauthier and his rink in the fall during one of our weekend city hikes.
Here’s a great write up of the birth of this 100% community initiative.
And here’s some photos from this weekend’s skating festivities. Can you tell it was the coldest weekend of the year?
Hiking in Toronto is fun.
I recently wrote about a portion of Highland Creek on the University of Toronto’s (Scarborough Campus) property. This weekend we visited Birkdale Ravine which is located in the watershed of Highland Creek. As we recently had snow and rain, the ravine was not only higher than normal but moving very fast.
Here are some photos I took of our visit.
If you’re interested in my hikes you can see them all here. So far.
The city of Toronto is home to creeks, rivers and parks. I’ve just started exploring the city over the past few months and I’ve been more than amazed. Little did I know that Canada’s largest city could also be home to parks, trails, rivers and creeks. It’s like being a hundred miles away from home right in your own backyard.
Here are some photos I took recently during a walk along Highland Creek. this portion of the Creek runs through the property of the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus.
The Guild Inn and surrounding Guild Park is located in the Guildwood neighbourhood of Scarborough just atop the Scarborough Bluffs in south eastern Toronto.
We visited this former artist colony this past weekend. The Park is famous for its eclectic sculpture garden consisting of the ruins of various demolished downtown Toronto buildings including banks and insurance companies.