At the Waterfront – Len Ford Park

An intimate window into the lake along the stretch of the old cottage row, Len Ford park offers a quick break between private lakefront lots into an oasis of rocks and tress. While relatively small, the park offers a number of little quiet corners where one can get lost for a moment or two.

Len Ford Park, February 2016
Rocky Buffer, Len Ford Park, February 2016

Len Ford park, one of the smaller Toronto parks, sits along the Lakefront Promenade (map) forming a small cove in otherwise waters of the lake. So small it can easily be missed, this park is one of my favourite resting places on a long bike ride, place to pause and take in one of those many intimate natural scenes in the middle of our urban environment.

Water Meets Rocks, Len Ford Park, February 2016
Water Meets Rocks, Len Ford Park, February 2016

Rocky beach and fine gravel shelter geese, ducks and swans at night night. Willow trees separate a densely built subdivision and apartment building block away from the peace of solitary crash of the water against its rocky buffer. All this muffles the sounds of traffic and everyday life that is, quite literally, steps away, and helps create serenity, particularly in the pre-dawn hours.

The Shore Sentinel, Len Ford Park, February 2016
The Shore Sentinel, Len Ford Park, February 2016

Winter sun rising from the lake builds drama from on this mini landscape. Light under a low angle, winter clouds and wanter shroud rocks with mystery and drama. Boulders and fallen trees become stars of a different show. Even on an overcast morning, there is beauty to behold, in the water, on the rocks and among the trees. Clearly a man-made park, like so much of our waterfront, it is still an oasis, testament to the new hybrid landscape, one eventually made better by us.

Lake Window, Len Ford Park, February 2016
Lake Window, Len Ford Park, February 2016

Carrying the name of a old Long Branch official from a bygone era, Len Ford park offers a quick stop and nice contemplative window onto the lake. Great photographic opportunity for anyone wanting to practice long exposure and landscape. More important, though, a surprising place of intimate but epic views of our lakeshore.

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