Waterfront Walk

A flip of a coin helped us decide on the destination for a recent Saturday afternoon walk. South, down to the waterfront, it was to be.

canada malting co ruin on toronto waterfront

canada malting co ruin toronto waterfront

These silos are certainly a prominent feature at the foot of Bathurst Street. Built in 1928 to store malt, they might not be to everyone's liking, as during the past 35 years in which they've been out-of-use, there has been much discussion about taking them down. However, those that felt that they contribute to a more complete picture of Toronto's past, won out and they were designated as an important historical site, and allowed to stay, after rubble and any loose pieces were cleared away or repaired. I posted about them here, when I went to see the sculpture garden called Ireland Park, that's on the bit of land to their south, and can say that a walk alongside these massive soaring silos is very cool.

We didn't go that way on this day. Rather we turned left and walked the path between the water and a narrow strip of land that has been beautifully planted. This small slip of nature in the city, which includes a protected wetland reserve (previously written about here) is a lovely example of what can be done in a relatively small space.

cn tower seen from waterfront toronto

toronto waterfront

walking along toronto waterfront

The gardens end at the foot of Spadina ...

toronto harbourfront

The Tiki Taxi takes people from there to the Toronto islands, a recreational area of beaches, restaurants, walking paths and an amusement park. (We're going there with our friend Andrea soon, so I'll be able to show you what it's like.)

tiki taxi to toronto islands

The boardwalk continues eastward ...

toronto boardwalk along waterfront queen quay

Further to the east we found that our visit to the waterfront coincided with that of some interesting guests to the city -- Three tall ships were in town, for the Redpath Waterfront Festival. People were invited to board them but the lineups were long, so we passed on that.

(Readers from afar might not realize that, while being located considerably inland, Toronto is accessible by ships from the Atlantic coast, via the St. Lawrence River, so these massive crafts sailed here.)

While being reproductions of the original boats, they are accurate representations and were stunning to see up close.

There was an American 1812-era Topsail Schooner - Pride of Baltimore II - , a 16th century Spanish Galleon - El Galeón -, and a Norwegian Viking Ship like those that sailed over 1,000 years ago - Draken Harald Hårfagre.

spanich galleon tall ship in toronto harbour

spanish galleon tallship toronto harbour

spanish galleon tallship in toronto harbour

tall ship viking longship reproduction on toronto waterfront

figurehead on viking tallship toronto harbour

Apparently, these boats were out sailing in the harbour the day after we were were there, heading out for a race. I'm sorry we missed that as it was probably quite a sight.

nick on the waterfront


me at harbourfront

me willow tree

fire rescue boat toronto harbour

↑ A lack of fires didn't stop this rescue boat from strutting its stuff! ↑

From there, we took a quick stroll through the handicraft market and food fair and then headed home, stopping by at the liquor store on the way, as a glass of icy rum punch and a chair on the deck were calling our names.

Thanks very much for checking out my blog.
xo loulou

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4 Responses to Waterfront Walk

  1. Gaia says:

    Pretty summer photos !!

  2. Vix says:

    What a lovely place for a breezy summer stroll. Those tall ships are gorgeous, no wonder there were huge queues to go aboard.

    You’re both looking fabulous! xxx

  3. wow! toronto looks amazing. that ship though wow! also you look so cute in the hat! xO!

  4. Julie says:

    A viking ship! What! I wish I had seen that. My office use dot be on the waterfront right near where the schooners would be, it was so nice to at lunch there in the summer. But in the winter, the wind whipping across the lake was enough to lift you off the ground. Loved these photos. A very fortunate coin toss!

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