Sunday, October 09, 2011

Fall colours in Toronto

The leaves have starting turning colours in Toronto as the peak fall foliage moves southward from Ontario's northlands. I see lots of green/yellow combinations but little bright red or full orange colours. The beautiful sunny, warm weekends bring out gazillions of people to check the beauty during a motoring tour. Popular areas are Scarborough Bluffs, High Park and along the Don Valley. In the Greater Toronto Area there are lots of Conservation Areas that have made giant temporary parking lots to handle the volume of visitors.
I was talking to someone in a bank who said their significant other worked at the airport and they said tourists were starting to flow in from around the world, many from Japan - coming specifically to experience the fall colours. Besides the parks there are also plenty of places to stop in nearby Caledon like the shocking and very interesting Cheltenham Badlands.
Yesterday I mentioned that I was at Rattlesnake Point which is a conservation area along the Niagara Escarpment. From the edge of the escarpment you can look towards the cluster of skyscrapers and of course the pointy CN Tower and know you have found Toronto. Large Turkey Vultures soared across the views as they rode the updrafts as the winds hit the stark edge of the limestone cliffs.

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