HIGH WINDS & WAVES ARE SUBMERGING PARTS OF THE TORONTO ISLANDS INTO LAKE ONTARIO

Since 2017, flooding of TORONTO’s archipelago of 15 islands has been of great concern to the Toronto Region Conservation Authority (TRCA). In the future, there could be new beaches and bridges, with raised barriers (or berms), elevation of low-lying roads, increased shore protection structures, and re-routed surface drainage to already installed sump pumps.PHOTOS taken by BRYAN BLENKIN on July 25/2019.

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GHOST BLDGS. ON TORONTO ISLANDS – GONE FOREVER, BUT THEIR IMAGES SURVIVE IN THE ARCHIVES

TORONTO Islands, a vast network of parks, canals, a boardwalk, superb views of the skyline, an antique carousel, labyrinth, the harbour and Lake Ontario, along with a community of 250 winterized cottages (on Ward’s Island) . . . only 15 minutes from TORONTO’s Financial District.  Catch a ferry at the foot of Yonge Street and minutes later you’re there. Winter and summer schedules differ, and the ferries take different routes. Water taxis are also available.  The “ghost buildings” of TORONTO Islands exist only in the city archives. Below – paintings by TORONTO artists, dating from 1856 to 1949.

<Old Fog Bell, Toronto Island, by William Armstrong (1822-1916)>

<Elias Rogers’ Belvedere Cottage, Centre Island, artist unidentified, 1890>

<Louis Privat Hotel, Toronto Island, where The Eastern Gap is now, 1850, by Owen Staples (1866-1949)>

<David Ward Senior’s house, Centre Island, built in 1856, by Joseph Thomas Rolph (1831-19160>

<William Ward House, ca1871-85, Centre Island, by Owen Staples (1866-1949)>

<The Monarch, paddle steamer, ran aground on Toronto Island, November 29/1856, by William Armstrong (1822-1916)>

<Lookout Tower, Toronto Harbour Police, 1949, by Nicholas Hornyansky (1896-1965)>

<PHOTO – Toronto Island wharf in winter>

THE FERRY GOES TO WARD’S ISLAND EVEN IN WINTER, FROM THE FOOT OF YONGE STREET

ISLANDS1Pack a lunch, a thermos and some warm mitts.  Suit up the kids, and head down to UNION station.  Transfer to the 509 or 510 streetcar, get tickets for the car ferry – and you’re off to Ward’s Island.

ISLANDS6 TORONTO Islands, a vast network of parks, canals, a boardwalk, superb views of the city skyline and Lake Ontario, and a collection of 250 winterized cottages . . . only 15 minutes from the foot of Yonge Street.  Exit the boat at Ward’s, or stay aboard for the return journey.  Winter and summer schedules differ.

ISLANDS3ISLANDS4     PHOTOS ABOVE & BELOW – Ward’s Island cottages, from http://mzodell.blogspot.com

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