Toronto’s Waterfront is typically busy place. The length of Waterfront Trail, particularly through the city core, between Sherbourne Street and CNE grounds, is a hive of activity, a true picture of a multi-use trail. Interesting, then, to discover a few places that offer solitude and peace, in the midst of that recreational, commuter, event revelling, crowd. One of those places is shoreline along Coronation and Inukshuk Parks. Set along the Waterfront Trail between Ontario Place and Naval Armoury, the park offers some of the most reflective views on the water, particularly late in the season, just before things change, before crowds shift and everything becomes busy again.
While it is generally expected to photograph public art installed at these two facilities, my mind, eye and camera keep going back to the water. Turning away from the expected and predictably interesting, the CNE or the city skyline, the lake and water offer strange solitude amidst all the noise. Inukshuk park, in particular, hides a well hiden, separated but close vantage point onto the city’s big landmark, CN Tower. With last traces of season’s snow, one gets strange sense of solitude in the midst of a vibrant city.
Winter calm at the marina’s entry is a unique and peaceful transition. The ice has broken and all but disappeared, boaters and joggers are still at least few weeks away, so then the water is calm, left to the birds and occasional passers by. The last winter quiet before the bustle of Spring and Summer, before the throngs of visitors to nearby concert and festival venues, legions of recreational runners and cyclists, along with boaters fill the space out. Last of the winter quiet, captured, frozen in time before it all changes for yet another season.
Unique vista, so close and in the middle of it all, one of many reminders of a changing city, yet with the constant of lake’s horizon and endless parade of clouds accentuated by an early morning and late evening light. The corner of Coronation and Inukshuk, on Toronto’s Waterfront, serves as one of many reminders of stunning landscapes, within our reach, short walk or bike ride away from home.