Winter on Toronto Islands

Since doing some work on the islands over the winter I realized how beautiful the islands and the city are at this time of year. So my friend Nigel and I decided to take a trip to the Toronto Islands to explore and photograph the area.

Toronto Harbour

Toronto Harbour

The Toronto ice breaker ferry only travels to Ward’s Island, which is located on the eastern point of the islands. From here you can walk along the boardwalk on the south shore or the main road down the middle of the islands. We decided to walk the boardwalk to Centre Island and then take the main road back to catch the ferry.

Ward's Island path - Colour

Ward’s Island path – Colour

Instead of heading directly to the boardwalk we explored some of the homes and parks on Ward’s Island first. Near a beach we found this path surrounded by birches. I played around with a fog filter to get the effect you see in the photos.

Ward's Island path - B&W

Ward’s Island path – B&W

I can’t decide if I like colour version or the black and white version. Which do you prefer?

Skating on the harbour

Skating on the harbour

Heading back toward the ferry on the main road we came upon some ice skaters enjoying the sunny winter day. The inner harbours around the island are shallow and freeze quickly and they also make a nice ice rink with a spectacular view.

Darkness that lies in Claireville

Nigel Banks and I headed out to Claireville today. (Yes I know, I go there quite a lot). Parking at the Finch entrance we walked down the hill, over the bridge and up towards the four way split in the path. Now, normally we turn right but today we thought ‘why not left?’ So that’s what we did. Nigel and I  were surprised that the trail took us up and around to the Claireville Ranch located close to the Queen Street entrance. Which is at the opposite end to the entrance we came in. The path took us past some interesting things.

Tractor

Tractor

We came across this tractor during our walk and in post processing I wanted to make it dark and gloomy -something out of a horror flick. (Okay, I’ll admit it, I’ve been on a horror flick kick lately.) Just up from the tractor we came across some buildings. There was some sort of an office/barn and we decided to do some exploring.

The Office Door

The Office Door

I particularly like the barely legible No Smoking sign under the big, dark Office sign on the door. As though they didn’t really care if you smoked or not.

And lastly a visit to the barn and its decrepit looking doors.

Barn Doors

Barn Doors

It was fun to explore a different area of the park to see what treasures lie there waiting to be photographed. Wonder what I’ll find on my next visit.