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65Humber park1 300x224 PARKS AND RECREATION Sorry, with the new fall TV season starting, I should have been more original with my title for this blog…but we are now experiencing some beautiful crisp, sunny fall days, and this is indeed what I want to talk about!

Thinking about Parks, because the leaves are almost starting to turn, and there’s only a short window before they drop and we’re looking at bare branches…and I have recently been turned on to two very cool green spaces in Toronto that I never knew existed.

The first is Humber Bay Park, a waterfront oasis located in Etobicoke (Lake Shore Boulevard West at Park Lawn Road). The park consists of two land spits situated at the mouth of Mimico Creek, and is perfect for strolling, picnicking, or just taking in the amazing views of Toronto’s skyline (photo 1).  The second park isn’t really a park as much as a walkway – at Glen Stewart Ravine, between Kingston Road and Queen Street.  A million dollars has recently been spent on a spectacular new boardwalk that winds its way through the centre of 11 hectares (whatever a hectare is?!) of woods.  Hard to believe you are minutes from downtown Toronto!

As for Recreation, fall continues to be almost as busy as summer in terms of festivals and events, as everyone tries to get in their last licks before65Chef Michael Smith and Adrienne Clarkson 300x224 PARKS AND RECREATION hibernating once the weather gets too cold.  Last week I went to “Word on the Street”, a great annual authors-and-books event spread throughout Queen’s Park (photo 2 shows a book signing with ex-Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and Chef Michael Smith).  Put this in your book for next year!

Other upcoming events include:

Oct 12-14 Global Cabaret Festival Young Centre – Distillery District  Oct 12-20 Toronto International Flamenco Festival Various locations

Oct 13-Nov 4 Toronto Chocolate Festival Various locations  Oct 14 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Nathan Phillips Square finish

Oct 18-28 International Festival of Authors Harbourfront Centre

So squeeze some time in between Canadian Thanksgiving and US Thanksgiving, and get festive!

Mr. Toronto

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