Thursday, August 30, 2007

Cherry Beach, Toronto

1)I spend a lot of time here at Cherry Beach, it's one of my favourite spots, and is a 2) short bike ride from my Toronto apartment.
3) I have called this park Cherry Beach for over 20 years but it was only recently officially chenged to Cherry Beach in 2003. 4) The park has been a home to rumours of police brutality for decades. 5) I've nown punks and homeless people who alledge that cops have taken them here and beaten them, nicknamed "the cherry beach express",/li> by the band The Pukka Orchestra. 6) Once four of us came down here with drinks, candles and swam in the middle of the night after bartending. We woke in full punk leather gear, eyeliner, fishnet stockings 80's haircuts to families swimming and having picnics around noon. 7) The park was created in the 1930's. 8) Many Torontonians do not swim in Lake Ontario...but I always have. 9) Toronto Beaches are ranked among the top ten urban beaches for water safety in the world...another little known fact.
10) Lake Ontario is an excellent place for swimming, windsurfing and sailing. 11) An awesome sailing club is right around the corner from these photos, created by the YMCA for urban children and families to have lessons and access to sailboats...it is now a co-op with reasonable membership fees and a terrific community of folks.
12)Dozens of Monarch butterflies were at the beach in the trees....500 trees were cut down recently Toronto seems to have a love hate relationship to trees. I e-mailed a petition last year to everyone...There has been a rave in this park for years and the area where the trees were cut down was where this summer party happened...and now a couple of soccer fields are being built here...seems like the raves are happening again though for a little longer. 13) Why not soccer and dancing?

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13 comments:

tweetey30 said...

Beautiful photo's. And a wonderful display of where this is. I would love to check this out for real sometime but I wont be going to Canada anytime soon. Have a wonderful weekend. I am not going to be doing rounds tomorrow so I will catch you on Tuesday as my parents will be here for the weekend. WooHoo. LOL..

Cinnamon Girl said...

Those butterflies are amazing! Mines up =)

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Anonymous said...

Oh man, I LOVE the butterflies. And can I just say I love the "requisite cat photo" too? My husband Nicholas used to live in Toronto; I must ask him about Cherry Beach when he gets back. Beautiful photos.

Darla said...

Those are beautiful photos, Candy! Ontario is the only Great Lake I've missed (I grew up in Michigan). I think maybe I ought to remedy that.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Cherry Beach looks just beautiful. Thanks for sharing the photos!

And Bits is a precious cat! He looks so cozy, napping by the window.

Tink said...

Not very original, but I love the butterflies! The beach is gorgeous, looks very inviting!
Thanks for visiting my activities TT.

Amy Ruttan said...

Honestly I never heard that about Cherry Beach, and I am from Toronto area, as you know. That's crazy.

Gardenia said...

Ah, this is a different beach from here! How beautiful it is, especially with the monarchs and the purity of the water. What a nice time you must have had. (Both back in the punk days and recently!) :)

Underground Baker said...

Hey Torontonian - good god is that a word?

Finally back and had to come for a visit.

I'm glad I'm not in that heat - poor kitty, with all that fur. I have seen a few animals shaved quite short this summer, and although they don't like it if you laugh, (especially the cat), they generally look alot more comfortable than the shaggy ones.

Miss you!

Underground Baker said...

This is totally off topic, but are you guys still reading Don Quiote?

Are you discussing it anywhere?

FOUR DINNERS said...

soccer and dancing? You obviously don't watch the English Premier League very often. Soccer and simulated sex whenver someone scores.....a goal that is

Weird. As your site came up the radio started playin' "Candy Girl"

Wylie Kinson said...

Hiya Candy! Nice to have you back on Canadian soil :)
I've been a stranger in blogland (busy, crazy summer) but I will email you once in a couple of weeks, once I've had a chance to get back into some kind of routine, and with a little luck, maybe we can get together?!

Cheers!

Anonymous said...

Dude
when did you get back to the North? I've been trying to get ahold of you forever!!!!
Love you,
Suzanne