AS OF TODAY, BILLY BISHOP ISLAND AIRPORT IS JOINED TO THE MAINLAND BY A TUNNEL

BBTUNNEL2 The long-awaited $82.5-million tunnel under the Western Gap now connects downtown TORONTO to Billy Bishop Island Airport.

BBTUNNEL3A bank of elevators lowers passengers 30 metres underground, and from there four moving sidewalks – two in each direction – will transport them to the terminal building. Billy Bishop is one of Canada’s busiest intercity airports, with multiple daily connections to New York City, Boston, Montreal, Quebec, Chicago, Sudbury, Washington DC, Thunder Bay, Halifax and Ottawa.

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TORONTO JOINS SIX MAJOR CITIES ACROSS THE WORLD WITH A NEW “YOUTUBE PRODUCTION SPACE’

YOUTUBE6TORONTO will soon have its own YouTube Space. No details have been released yet, but the six established Spaces so far have cutting-edge technology for creating video content, along with how-to classes and workshops, leading to worldwide YouTube exposure.

YOUTUBE2As of March/2015, creators filming in YouTube Spaces have produced over 10,000 videos which have generated over 1-billion views and more than 70-million hours of ‘watch-time’. The six cities with YouTube Space production facilities are Los Angeles, London, Tokyo, New York, Berlin and São Paulo. TORONTO will be #7.

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YOUTUBE1No word yet on where TORONTO’s Space will be located or what users will need to qualify. <PHOTOS – YouTube Spaces in London, Los Angeles and São Paulo >

WHEN SUMMER’S HEAT & HUMIDITY BECAME TOO MUCH, TORONTONIANS TOOK OFF FOR SUNNYSIDE

fonds 1266, Globe and Mail fondsFonds 200, Series 372, Subseries 41 - Miscellaneous photographs This once was TORONTO’s Coney Island. On summer afternoons thousands crowded the beaches and amusement park rides where King Street intersects Queen Street West. There was little air-conditioning, cottage country was too far away, the city was sweltering, but the fresh, cool waters of Lake Ontario beckoned, providing welcome relief to one and all.  You could hop a tram and be there in no time.

SUNNYSIDE1 SUNNYSIDE6The Sunnyside Amusement Park was demolished in 1955 to make way for the Gardiner Expressway.  But the fresh-water beaches endure, and the city’s largest swimming pool isn’t far away.  <PHOTOS – Toronto Star Archive and City of Toronto Archive>

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TORONTO’S VAST RAVINE SYSTEM LINKS US TO ‘THE GREAT OUTDOORS‘ – THEY’RE OUR MOUNTAINS

ravines5 TORONTO is not a flat, featureless sprawl. A network of deep ravines form a large urban forest that runs up, down and crossways through the city – miles and miles of them. Cultivated parkland, bike and walking trails have been created in some parts, but large sections have been left as nature intended. The ravines are home to families of raccoons, squirrels, red foxes, rabbits and the occasional coyote.

ravines1There are four major groups of ravines, and many smaller ones.  In the west – the Humber River and Black Creek.  To the east, the Don River ravine, which branches off into the Rosedale Ravine, West Don, East Don and Taylor-Massey Creek.  Scarborough is home to two large ravine systems – Highland Creek and the Rouge River system – and there are others in Etobicoke and Mimico.

ravines4Because the network is so vast, most ravines are deserted much of the time. Crimes seldom occur, but it’s probably unwise to go on solitary walks through the wilder stretches carrying the family jewels. Some parts are gay cruising areas. Others have been settled by the homeless, who live in fairly elaborate temporary structures.  Overall though, the ravines are safe, and the popular interconnected bike paths allow you to explore the west side, pass by the Lake Ontario shoreline, and then go on up the east side.  Connections can be made to the Martin Goodman Trail, leading to the Beach and Queens Quay.

ravines3<PHOTOS ABOVE – Chuckman’s Toronto Nostalgia; Nightshade Bike Crew>