Archive for the ‘Portlands’ Category

The Incredibe Torontonian

2008 March 14

Hulk 2 . . . er, I mean, The Incredible Hulk hits theatres June 13.  According to its imdb page, “due to the disappointing performance of Hulk (2003), Marvel decided to start the franchise afresh with a totally new creative team and cast.”  What does this have to do with Toronto, you ask??  Well, the movie filmed up here in Hollywood North last fall.

You can clearly see that the big fight scene at the end of the trailer takes place on Yonge Street (note: Zanzibar Strip Club Tavern and the Sam The Record Man neon signs @ 1:46 ).  Also, the brief moment (0:42) where Ed Norton is in the rain on the bridge is totally on Cherry Street in the portlands.  And I was there!

PS I ♥ Liv Tyler

New Greenspace – Yes!

2007 October 12


A huge new sports field will be opening soon in the Toronto Portlands.  It seems like an unlikely place for a sports facility, what with the neighbour to the north being a garbage transfer station, and no restidential area even within walking distance.  On the other hand, there are a bunch of other sports happening in the area: the Hanlan Boat Club (rowing), Toronto Multihull Cruising Club (sailing), and the Docks Waterfront Driving Range (golf).  Plus, this field is tagged as transitional, with a life of around 10 years, and will lead the area’s revitalization with the development of new parks and public spaces and increasing waterfront recreational opportunities.  The area is set to become Lake Ontario Park, which will include more playing fields, parkland including new treed areas, and children’s playgrounds.  This is pretty cool, because the city could easily have set this area up for development of residential/commercial mix being as close as it is to downtown.  Check out the official newsletter for this area, and the website for the waterfront in general.


Toronto, with its natural harbour and islands, could be one of the world’s premier port cities with Barcelona, Buenos Aires, and Hong Kong.  Let’s hope the development of the eastern end of the waterfront goes better than that of the western end (aka Condoland).

Toronto Parks Series: Waterfront Park

2007 August 1

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. 


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.