I have always loved writing, and now that I am retired I thought I would be able to find time to write, but it seems that I still manage to fill my days with activities. I have however found that while I travel, I enjoy writing about some of the interesting things we do. I hope you enjoy reading of our adventures as much as I like writing about them.
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Walking The Beltline
It was raining today, but we have spent
time in Scotland, where it seemed to rain each and every day, so we
decided to venture out anyway. Our plan was to walk the Beltline
Trail which runs close to Ryan's condo.
The Beltline Trail is a trail that runs
east/west through Midtown Toronto. It utilizes the converted railbed
from the old Toronto Belt Line Railway which was a commuter line
established in 1890, but closed two years later after being unable to
turn a profit. The city bought the rail line and tore up the tracks
creating the trail in 1989. The trail is aprox. 9 km long, and joins
with the trails through the the Mud Creek Ravine trail system and
past the Evergreen Brickworks park. The trail ends in the
neighbourhood of York at Eglinton West.
A Lovely Place to Walk
We joined the trail at the Yonge St.
Bridge which crosses the Davisville Rail yard not far from the condo.
Here we met the amazing train-spotting dog. As we came up to the
bridge I saw a little dog eagerly peering through the railings
looking for the subway trains which runs above ground here. I stopped
and commented to his owner about his interest in the trains. She said
it was his favourite activity. As the train approached, his tail
started to wag eagerly and when the train roared under the bridge, he
frantically ran to the other side and watched the train disappear
into the station. Once the train was gone, he contentedly continued
Street Art Along the Way
The nice thing about this trail is that
it is a narrow strip of green running right through Toronto, passing
various neighbourhoods, including some amazingly huge houses worth
many millions along with apartment blocks and many ordinary
neighbourhoods. Along the way, the trail is intersected by a number
of roads where you have to stop and cross when traffic allows, but
you are then back into the lovely green walkway. The trail is well
used and we met with many people and a number of dogs besides the
amazing train-spotting one. Doing most of my walking in the friendly
green space of Shube Park back home, people here in Toronto were
taken back by these strangers greeting them with a “Good Morning”.
Although obviously not the norm here in Toronto, most people smiled
and returned with a friendly greeting as well.
A "Selfie" on the trail
The section of the trail we used ended
with an enormous brick sound barrier at Allen Ave. Apparently you can
cross this busy road and find the trail on the other side, but we
took this as a spot to turn back and we continued our walk along the
busy Eglinton St. Back to Yonge st.
Although prepared for rain, we managed
the entire walk without getting wet until we got back to the condo,
so it turned into a very pleasant morning walk.