TORONTO’S LARGEST FISHING HOLE IS GRENADIER POND IN THE WEST END’S HIGH PARK

The old Town of York Garrison once dropped their lines into Grenadier Pond back in the early 1800’s. The tradition continues to this day as Torontonians land largemouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, pumpkinseed, bluegill, brown bullhead and carp. The large body of water is deep, and the fish are safe to eat.The Pond receives water from Wendigo Creek (a small creek that begins near Dundas Street West and Law Street and runs down to Lake Ontario, along with other underground streams from the north. The northern, southern and south-western shores are naturalized, improving the Pond’s health.  Grenadier Pond exits into Lake Ontario via pipes near Sir Casimir Gzowski Park.

<PAINTING ABOVE – Grenadier Pond in 1800, by John George Howard, 1803-1890>

<20,000 PEOPLE on the ice watching a dog sled race, 1914><SKATE SAILING on Grenadier Pond, 1933>

<ALONG THE SHORE of The Pond, June 22, 1958>

<LONE SKATER, 2008-13>

<WALKING ON THE ICE, 2008-13>

<FLOWER GARDEN, 1972, on the shoreline><FLOWER GARDEN AERIAL, 2018, photo – @shanii1>

<ALL PHOTOS – except the last one are from the City of Toronto Archives/Sidewalk Labs>

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