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Humber River Trail, Toronto - March 2009

2009: intro -+- page1: entrance and heading south -+- page2: stopped by ice -+- page3: heading north || 2010: March -+- August || 2011: March

We imagined that we would continue south past Old Mill and onto the southern stretch of the trail to come out right at the lake. Ha!!

Humber River Trail March 2009
looking southwest

Not a chance. The path was completely covered in humungous blocks of ice that stretched from the banks of the raging river. NOW we understand why all the barbecue pits and picnic tables have been removed from this area. They must have been getting crushed every spring.

Tot stood on top of the mound of ice to take photos of the area to the south.

Humber River Trail March 2009
looking southwest

Humber River Trail March 2009
panorama looking southeast (3 photos)

We slogged across the sodden grass close to the river to stand on the pedestrian path just above the historical plaques about Samuel de Champlain (not in the photo; they are just to the left virtually hidden by ice).

Humber River Trail March 2009
pedestrian trail (looking south)

Looking north, this summer photo of historical plaques about Samuel de Champlain shows the same tree as in the photo Tot took. If we had been intrepid, we might have clambered down over the ice to take a photo from the same angle. But we didn't want to get our feet wet... (click on images to see larger views). On Sunday, we stopped and had a picnic sitting on the park bench shown in the summer photo.

Humber River Trail (photo: Alan L Brown, ontarioplaques.com)Humber River Trail March 2009
(summer photo used with permission from the website www.ontarioplaques.com); pedestrian trail (looking north)

Humber River Trail March 2009

We were amazed that the trees were relatively unharmed considering the size of the the ice blocks that had pummelled them.

Humber River Trail March 2009
pedestrian trail (looking north)


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