Aside from being a beautiful place to exercise or relax, this park holds the unique honour of being home to a small family of rare white squirrels. So rare that in the hundreds of times I have been there, I have only ever spotted one of the white squirrels once before. And it's not like I haven't been looking, because I am always on the lookout for them. So you can imagine how thrilled I was to have one stop and pose for me so I could take a few photographs on this particular visit. My window to take the shots was very brief indeed, as she (he?) was quickly chased by one of her black brethren deep into the tree and out of view.
While the photos depict a somewhat gloomy day, it was very mild out, and for Canadians who are used to bitter weather at this time of the year, it was a real delight. In fact, this park is usually a challenge to get into during the winter months because the paths are not cleared so you have to trudge through deep snow and over sheets of very slippery ice.
The southern end of the park borders on Queen Street West, which is always bustling and busy with the artistic and alternative community who live and work in this neighbourhood, which is designated "The Art and Design District" by the city of Toronto, as depicted on the street signs in the area. However, this Christmas morning was the only time that I have ever seen this strip so quiet. It was actually quite eerie and interesting, as it was so out-of-the-ordinary.
↑ The one and only time I've ever seen Queen Street this quiet. ↑
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