I was born and raised in Montreal and only came to Toronto as a young adult, and being a city girl, I have lived all these years in the downtown core, within a 10 block radius. The sprawling suburbs of Toronto are therefore a complete mystery to me. Oh, I’ve heard the street names in the radio traffic reports; Morningside, Ellesmere, Kipling, Winston Churchill Blvd, but I have never been to them. This has now changed for me, as we walkers explore parts of the Pan Am Trail. We’ve travelled to places in Scarborough that I’ve never been to before and oh the sights we’ve seen:
We’ve walked through parklands where men of a certain age bring their caged birds for some fresh air and school buses sleep, through meadowlands bursting with wildflowers and where a rabbit lingers, down dirt paths running alongside wandering creeks, through thick forests of dappled light and shade, and on out to the big beautiful lake itself, where the sound of the surf crashes against retaining walls and showers us with spray, where a mink has caught a cormorant for dinner and drags it along the shore to its den. Experiencing the wild and unpredictable beauty of the eastern shore of our city.
What an inspired thought to get us out of our routine and exploring the land where we live. My thanks to M and P for making it happen.