Urban Wilderness!

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  1. EVCco

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    Explorations of Toronto's built hinterlands and enduring natural terrains...

    PANORAMIO SITE
    PANORAMIO MAP
    ARCHIVE IN ABSTRACT

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    TRIP DIRECTORY
    Adams Creek (Rouge Community Park)
    Adams Creek (Kingston to The Lake)
    Albion Creek (Stevenson to Carrier)
    Albion Creek (The West Humber to Kipling)
    Berry Creek (The Humber to Martin Grove)
    Black Creek (Chalkfarm Park to Steeles)
    Black Creek (Queen's to Chalkfarm Park)
    Black Creek (Queen's to Weston)
    Black Creek (Weston to The Humber)
    Black Creek Branches (Driftwood Creek & Hoover Creek)
    Black Creek Branches (Heathrow Creek & Downsview Dells)
    Burke Brook (Sunnybrook Park to Otter Creek)
    Castle Frank Brook (Eglinton to Roycroft Park)
    Castle Frank Brook (Ramsden Park to The Lower Don)
    Centennial Creek (Kingston to 401)
    Centennial Creek (Lawson to Meadowvale)
    Centennial Creek (Meadowvale to The Highland)
    Cliffcrest Creeks (Cudia Park/Bellamy Ravine to Cedarbrook Park)
    Coxwell Ravine (O'Connor to The Don)
    Cudmore Creek (The Don to True Davidson)
    Curity/Parkview Ravine (Curity to The Taylor-Massey)
    Curran Hall Ravine (Scarborough Golf Club to The West Highland)
    Danzig/Beechgrove Creek (Ling to The Highland)
    Danzig/Beechgrove Creek (The Highland to Manse Road)
    Deerlick Creek (Donalda Club to Roywood/Victoria Park)
    Dufferin Creek (chesswood to G. Ross Lord Park)
    Duncan Woods Creek (Steeles to Don Mills)
    East Don River (Sheppard to Steeles)
    East Don River (Donalda Club to Sheppard)
    East Don River (Eglinton to Donalda Club)
    East Don River (The Lower Don to Eglinton)
    East Don Tributaries (Finch to Shaughnessy)
    East Point Creek/Greyabbey Ravine (Kingston Sub to The Lake)
    Eastern Shore (East Point Park to Bellamy Ravine)
    Eastern Shore (Bellamy Ravine to Bluffers Park)
    Eastern Shore (Bluffers Park to Victoria Park)
    Eastern Shore (Victoria Park to Woodbine)
    Ellesmere Ravine (The Highland to Military Trail)
    Emery Creek (The Humber to Milvan)
    Etobicoke Corridor (401 to Steeles)
    Etobicoke Corridor (Manby TS to 401)
    Etobicoke Creek (Markland Wood Club to 401)
    Etobicoke Creek (The Lake to Markland Wood Club)
    Ferris Ravine (The Taylor-Massey to Cedarcrest)
    Finch Corridor (Pickering Townline to Victoria Park)
    Finch Corridor (Victoria Park to Keele)
    Finch Corridor (Keele to The Etobicoke)
    Gatineau Corridor (Little Rouge to SRT Line)
    Gatineau Corridor (SRT Line to Leaside TS)
    German Mills Creek (The East Don to Steeles)
    Glen Stewart Ravine (The Lake to Kingston Road)
    Highland Creek East (Tiffield to Milliken Park)
    Highland Creek East (Tiffield to Richmond Park)
    Highland Creek East (401 to Tiffield)
    Highland Creek West (Nugget Ave right to McNicoll)
    Highland Creek West (Nugget Ave left to Finch)
    Highland Creek West (401 to Nugget Ave)
    Highland Creek West (401 to The Highland/Highland East)
    Highland Creek (Morningside Park to Military Trail)
    Highland Creek (Morningside Park to The Lake)
    Humber Creek (The Humber to Dixon)
    Humber River (The West Humber to 407)
    Humber River (Albion to The West Humber)
    Humber River (Eglinton to Albion)
    Humber River (Eglinton to The Lake)
    Inner Harbour (Cherry to Stadium)
    Lavender Creek (The Black to Weston)
    Leslie Street Spit (Keating Channel to Vicki Keith Point)
    Little Rouge Creek (Zoo to Steeles)
    Little Rouge Creek (Plug Hat to Steeles)
    Little Rouge Creek (Meadowvale to Steeles)
    Little Rouge Creek (The Rouge to Zoo)
    Lower Don River (Don Mills to The Lake)
    Mimico Creek (Royal Woodbine Club to 427)
    Mimico Creek (Islington Club to Royal Woodbine Club)
    Mimico Creek (Islington Club to The Lake)
    Morningside Creek (Seasons to Steeles)
    Morningside Creek (The Zoo to Seasons)
    Morningside, Etc. (401 to The Rouge)
    Mud Creek (Moore to The Lower Don)
    Newtonbrook Creek (Willowdale to The East Don)
    North Park Creek (Keele to Rustic)
    Outer Harbour (Ashbridges Bay to Cherry Beach)
    Petticoat Creek (Finch to Steeles)
    Port of Toronto (Leslie to Polson)
    Renforth Creek (The Etobicoke to Centennial Park)
    Rouge River (Old Finch to Steeles)
    Rouge River (Twyn Rivers to Old Finch)
    Rouge River (The Lake to Twyn Rivers)
    Rowntree Creek (The Humber to Beaconhill)
    Silver Creek (The Humber to Eglinton)
    Sixteen Mile Creek (Evergreen to Woodward)
    Small's Creek (Merrill Bridge Park)
    Small's Creek (Wembley Woods)
    Small's Creek (Cairns Brook)
    Southwest Highland Creek (Wickware to CP Line)
    Southwest Highland Creek (Wickware to The West Highland)
    Swansea & High Park (Hefley Pond to Spring Creek)
    Taylor-Massey Creek (Warden Woods to Terraview Park)
    Taylor-Massey Creek (Warden Woods)
    Taylor-Massey Creek (Warden Woods to The East Don)
    Toronto Islands (Ward's Island to Hanlan's Point)
    Unnamed Ravine (The East Don to Bayview)
    Vyner Creek (401 to The East Don)
    Walmsley Brook (CP Line to The West Don)
    Warden Corridor (Steeles to The Gatineau)
    West Don River (Sheppard to Steeles)
    West Don River (Sunnybrook Park to Sheppard)
    West Don River (The Lower Don to Sunnybrook Park)
    West Don Tributaries (401 to York Cemetery)
    West Don Tributaries (Westgate to Wilson)
    West Don Tributaries (Glenforest to Post)
    West Highland Creek (Finch to L'Amoreaux Pond)
    West Highland Creek (Collingwood Park to Finch)
    West Highland Creek (Ellesmere to Collingwood Park)
    West Highland Creek (Ellesmere to Bellamy)
    West Highland Creek (Cedarbrook Park to The Highland)
    West Humber River (Kipling to Claireville Reservoir)
    West Humber River (The Humber to Kipling)
    Western Shore (Stadium to The Humber)
    Western Shore (The Humber to The Mimico)
    Western Shore (Kipling to Second)
    Western Shore (The Mimico to The Applewood)
    Wilket Creek (The West Don to Bayview)
    Wilson Brook (The East Don to Craigton Tot Lot)
    Yellow Creek (The Lower Don to Bathurst)
    York Corridor (Fairbank TS to Manby TS)
     
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  2. EVCco

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    Black Creek - concrete jungle

    Starting north of Lawrence Ave:

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    South through Westview and Keelesdale Park:

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    Humber Boulevard, split in twain:

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    Westward, into the Rockcliffe region:

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    Through the Jane Street culvert:

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    Across Smythe Park:

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    Approaching Scarlett Road:

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    Entering Lambton Country Club and finally emptying into the Humber:

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  3. EVCco

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    West Highland Creek - industrial fluvofare

    Starting off at the Southwest branch, north of Lawrence East SRT station:

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    North of Birkdale Park, beginning with some old film photos from 10 years ago:

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    Venturing west of Midland Ave:

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    Pressing north of Progress Ave:

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    On the other side of the 401, north to the CN/SL&H crossover:

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  4. Edward Skira

    Edward Skira Coming Soon SRC Staff Member

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    These need to be naturalized at some point.
     
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  5. EVCco

    EVCco Active Member

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    Certain stretches seem to be doing a good job of naturalizing themselves.

    I wonder if the local film industry would want to keep them as-is to serve as a cheap stand-in for the L.A. River...?
     
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  6. EVCco

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    Taylor-Massey Creek - different seasons

    From northeast to southwest, starting in summer near Birchmount & Bertrand, down to Eglinton Ravine:

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    Warden Woods in winter:

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    Through Donora Park in early spring:

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    From Dawes to O'Connor, from spring to winter:

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    From fall to winter, ending back in summer at "The Teeth":

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  7. EVCco

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    Lower Don - through time

    Starting on the East Don, under the DVP, February 2008:

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    Under Don Mills Road, August 2011:

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    South of Thorncliffe Park, March 2008:

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    Still in 2008, approaching Leaside Bridge:

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    And again in August 2011:

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    North of Bayview, back in March:

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    Toronto's own mysterious megalithic site - hundreds or metal highway barriers stuck in the ground by the side of the DVP, May 2008:

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    Rail bridge over Bayview, August 2011 and March 2009:

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    DVP on-ramp and Prince Edward Viaduct, August 2011/May 2008:

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    "Camp sites", 2008, 2009, and 2011

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    Riverdale bridges, August 2011:

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    Gerrard, Dundas, Queen, Eastern, and abandoned bridges, 2008, 2011:

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    Former pedestrian tunnel under the CN tracks, June 2003:

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    The Gardiner at Keating Channel and the Portlands, May 2008:

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  8. EVCco

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    Black Creek - revisited

    This time we head north, starting from Queen's Drive towards Maple Leaf Drive:

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    Going under Black Creek Drive:

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    Into the Black Creek / Jane Street interchange:

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    North towards Gordon MacKay Road:

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    Back toward Jane Street and on to the 401:

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    Pressing on from Downsview and ending at Chalkfarm Park:

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  9. Goldie

    Goldie Senior Member

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    Thanks for that wonderful tour.
    Those hidden creeks are so near and yet undiscovered by most.
     
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  10. 3Dementia

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    Absolutely phenomenal photo essay EVC. Thank you.

    I hope you are sharing these with the obvious NGOs/community groups who would benefit from such an archive.

    I can see a thousand opportunities and have a thousand ideas... but no-one listens to me so I'll just imagine (privately) ;-)

    Thanks again. Great work. Hope this thread gets some eyeballs.
     
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  11. EVCco

    EVCco Active Member

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    Thanks guys! That makes all the mosquito (and who knows what else) bites worth it ;)

    I hope to finish all the various branches of the Highland Creek over the next month or so...
     
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    Location:
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    West Highland Creek - riparian return

    Pics from a shorter than expected trip back to Scarborough (thanks to a bad camera battery :mad:), covering Sheppard Ave to Finch:

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    From Tam O'Shanter Ravine to Stephen Leacock Park:

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    Through Timberbank Park:

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    The creek forks just south of Finch:

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    ...hoping to cover more ground later this week.
     
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    That was so cool ,all I needed was a virtual canoe.
     
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  14. EVCco

    EVCco Active Member

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    Thanks!
    And in case you, or anyone, ever wants to paddle an actual canoe down any of these creeks and floodways
    all the pics are geo-pegged on Google Maps via Panoramio, so you can see exactly where to go:

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    Disclaimer..
    I would not advise anyone to try and paddle an actual canoe down any of these creeks and floodways, lol.
     
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  15. EVCco

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    Location:
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    Highland Creek, West Branch - not to be confused with West Highland Creek

    Starting just north of the 401 up to Milner Avenue:

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    Through White Haven Park:

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    Heading under Sheppard Avenue:

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    Two streams diverged in a concrete creek, just south of Nugget Avenue:

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    Shall I take the one less traveled by?
    And which one would that be exactly?
    Find out in the next thrilling installment...
     
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