Monday, December 14, 2009

Queens Quay - Down by the Boardwalk

Most of the snow that fell on Toronto during the week was gone by the weekend. I decided to walk along Queens Quay and see what was going on along Lake Ontario - not much I was able to conclude pretty rapidly. Some seagulls were hanging out, looking for some free food and a good party.

There were no large crowds, not many bikes, no buskers, and no concerts in the park. The Island Ferry service looked like it was closed for the winter with most of the ferries tarped and ready for a siesta. However the ferry is running to Hanlan's Point (not on the weekends) and Ward's Island (all weekend long). There is no service to Centre Island during the winter.

At the Harbourfront Centre there were some people enjoying the free skating on the Natrel Rink beside the Power Plant.

Along the wharfs and piers most of the ships and boats have been wrapped, put away, or tied up on the pier waiting for the ice to lock them into place. The tall ships Empire Sandy and Kajama were located beside Pier 4. In the buildings at Pier 4 the artist galleries and studios have been replaced with PawsWay and a Pet Discovery Centre where you are free to bring your dogs for some free range fun.

South of Rogers Centre near the marine unit of the Metro Toronto Police Department is a boating school where the canoes, sail boats and colourful kayaks were put up on racks.

Sadly there were no one enjoying the overcast sky on a chilly winter day under bright, yellow umbrellas at HTO Park's Urban Beach.

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