Toronto Parks Series: Waterfront Park

This morning I got up at the crack of dawn (literally) to head over to Hanlan Boat Club – located at Waterfront Park, in the Toronto Portlands. 

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This park and the area around it are spectacularly beautiful.  It’s surprising to me that much of this land has not been developed as of yet.  What with it’s proximity to the water as well as to downtown, this must be like a developer’s wet dream.  There must be some sort of ordinance protecting this area from the plight of condos, etc.  Thank goodness.  When you look away from the skyline, you can legitimately forget that you’re surrounded by the most urban part of the GTA.  Wildlife and plants abound and there’s a tranquility and stillness of the quiet harbour.

Besides the boat club, Waterfront Park boasts Cherry Beach, some beautiful marshlands, and a really lovely part of the waterfront trail.  Check it out!

UPDATE:  I guess it was too good to be true.  At least a part of this area is set to be developed in the near future, however it is unclear as to exactly what part of the portlands are getting ruined becoming “a vibrant new sustainable community for Torontonians.”  Apparently the limiting factor was flood control.  Here’s a link to the official press release.

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