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For those who want to enjoy their waters locally, here are a few delights to share in our own Toronto environs and backyards. Looking down on the great expanse of Lake Ontario from the top of the Bluffs can be exquisite. I once took a friend visiting from abroad out there to the sculpture garden in Guildwood Park.

“It’s like an ocean!” they wowed. Another suitable vantage point for enjoying the lake view is on the south side of the R.C. Harris Water Filtration Plant. On any sunny weekday, take a blanket, rustle up some sandwiches and make a picnic of it by just hanging out on the grassy slopes. Much romance can be found by being in each other’s arms while enjoying the up-draft from the lake and the eternity of water. You would be lost in time, without regrets. Similarly the Humber Bay Park is a scenic collection of peninsulas that jut into the lake. The location is accessible by car, but ideal for biking, dog walking, picnicking and even skating together. It’s a wonderful spot, whether it is summer or winter. In various seasons the trails along the Don River offer interesting, contemplative tracks for a lovers’ walk, as one follows the sluggish meanderings of an old river trying to recover from its polluted history. Around the 5 kilometre mark on the way up from the Lakeshore Road, one can exit before Pottery Road to make a detour to the Evergreen Brickworks site for some healthy and wholesome refreshments at Cafe Belong. Mid-town offers a leisurely spot in the Etienne Brule Park located in the Old Mill neighbourhood, where the shallow waters of the Humber River gurgle under an old-worldly stone bridge. Watch anglers wade in mid-stream cast their hopeful lines. When tired of that, a few steps over is the Old Mill Inn & Spa which has been rated one of Toronto’s top 5 hotels/inns. Drop in for a nice martini, afternoon tea or stay late for some fine dining and the best visiting jazz shows. Also mid-town is High Park. During the spring, this is one of Toronto’s hidden secret date locations. Make it a mid-week, mid-day date, usually during the first few weeks of April. On a weekend, it simply is a zoo. Looking up from the east bank of the Grenadier Pond, watch the iridescent feathered mother duck leading her ducklings to a safe shelter in the rushes. All around the wind is scattering white and pale pink cherry blossom petals like confetti at a wedding; competing with the mauve richness of an expansive magnolia tree and the brilliant canary yellows of a few forsythia bushes. Lay yourselves on the meadow and watch the cherry blossom trees swaying against the background of the lake in the distance.

Try telling me that isn’t heaven. Out west, take a leisurely walk together along the Port Credit Breakwater Park trail, where the Credit River estuary opens into the lake. Adding to the fun in the late summer is watching the myriad boats of all sizes and shapes heading in and out during the tagged salmon hunt competition. Further up north off of Hwy 10, you and your sweetheart can spend a spiritual weekend on an off-road trek up into the Forks of the River Credit in Caledon. As people rediscover the joys of parks and waterways in Toronto, let us hope that this is part of a greater reconnection to nature in our concrete urban setting. Canadians are the world’s second biggest consumers of water, in per capita terms.

The question is, are we finding any pleasure in this?

Here’s to enjoining for the respectful use of our water resources. And while we are at it, never to forget that water is and should always be a universal civil right. Water is crucial to our existence; a glorious day spent passively by the waters will surely do any relationship a wonderful service and remind us of our interconnectivity.

Bola is a world citizen whose world view has been stamped by the fact that he was born in Africa, was educated in Europe, has lived and worked in many countries on different continents and immigrated to Canada some 33 years ago. He’s now retired, but has a keen interest in giving back to society. Writing and books in general have always been an area of consummate passion. Compassion, an eye for the not-so-overtly observed and adventure in general on the road less travelled could be considered his strong points.



Issue 6 explores the theme of fluidity - water, identity, life, and disaster - through arts, fashion, and writing. Check out


Issue 6 explores the theme of fluidity - water, identity, life, and disaster - through arts, fashion, and writing. Check out