Archive for the ‘Rowing’ Category

A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Epicentre of the Universe

2007 August 13

This weekend I headed down to the 125th Annual Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in St. Catharines, Ontario.  Public transportation between TO and St. Kitts is available, but was not convenient to my schedule – so I decided to try my hand at hitchhiking. 

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My friend Jean-François hitchhiked to Ottawa one time, but he took the GO Train to Whitby and then hitched along Hwy 2.  Unfortunately, there aren’t really any roads going in the other direction other than the Gardiner and the 401 (which are both illegal and dangerous to hitchhike on).  What I ended up doing was parking myself with the above sign at the bottom of Spadina Avenue, just before the on-ramp for the Gardiner westbound.  Went down without a hitch (pardon the pun) and not only was I picked up within 20 minutes, but I knew the guys by just one degree of separation!  The one dude plays ultimate frisbee with this guy I know from TO, and the other guy subletted an appartment in Montreal with my friend’s brother!  They dropped me off at my exact destination, as they were headed to a family reunion very nearby.  Excellent.

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. 

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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.