2019/06/14 – Lower Humber III / High Park

Hello from the 2019 championship city. Walking along the Lower Humber today, wrapping up a previous walk cut short by an ice field incident. I’ll start at the lake and no north to Bloor, then east to explore High Park’s hydrology. Let’s go, starting with a bit of zigzagging to get from Humber Loop to Sheldon Lookout.

There’s lots of crossings at the mouth of the Humber. Waterfront Trail, Lake Shore Boulevard, the Gardiner, the Queensway. All grade separated though.

The trail diverges from the river quite early. Views consist of a strange structure, a tributary, and mature forest.

Long diversion due to the Humber Marshes, and that the tabletop is occupied by private property. Eventually there’s a Metro style drive-in park to take us back to the river. Another trickling tributary.

Up and over the hill. Down and under Bloor, and a subway station.

To the old bridge, and viewing what was an ice field four months ago. The pictures after it melted looked devastating, but while the cleanup is still underway, it doesn’t look so bad now.

Out of the Humber valley and east to Runnymede south of Annette. This is where Wendigo Creek used to flow. Beyond local topography, all traces of it north of Bloor are gone, as residential development happened prior to at least 1947.

Down a set of steps at the northwest corner, Wendigo Creek lives on in High Park south of Bloor, albeit ravaged by erosion in some spots.

Erosion and fallen trees make it difficult to follow the creek, but eventually it opens up to Wendigo Pond. Quite clear that managing stormwater is necessary here.

Grenadier Pond, the big one everybody knows. Marshy to the north, open to the south, all flanked by mature woodland.

Suddenly, grass appears, and lots of people relaxing in it. Lots of formal trail access too. Culminates with arriving at Queensway, where the pond used to drain well into the lake. Shore modifications have resulted in less flow, and a bigger pond.

Due east again, and we hit another pond. This one is a product of Spring Creek, which also flows north-south through High Park.

Spring Road. For all the times I’ve walked this favourite path of mine, I never clued into the fact it was named after, and adjacent to a creek of the same name. I thought it was all just poor drainage.

Spring Road continues, crowded by massive trees. The road crosses the creek, leading to a large pond in the north part of the park.

Pretty heritage bridge. Another pond, and an outlet that marks the end of Spring Creek, as it too was buried north of Bloor. That’s it for today.


Date: June 14, 2019
Length: 13.0 km
Type: Riverine


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