Few know that I spent my first nine years growing up in the New Toronto area of Etobicoke. I have fond memories of walks along the Lake Ontario shoreline – and now we have the Humber Bay park and Palace Pier Park to explore.
Recently my husband Frank and I visited these parks to stretch our legs. Parking by Etobicoke Creek (Humber Bay Park Rd. West) we walked eastwards about 3 km to the very popular Palace Pier Park with its iconic Humber Bay Arch Bridge.
A few tips for your visit:
- If checking out the shoreline in the middle of winter, bundle up! The wind off the lake can be quite chilly. A hat, gloves and scarf are a must. While it may be warmer inland, don’t be cause freezing your ears off.
- Wear comfortable walking boots or shoes. Once you get walking you don’t want to stop. While landmarks may seem to be close by, they are actually quite a distance away.
- Do bring your camera, even in the winter, as the Toronto skyline can be seen quite clearly from many points along the trail. A walk on an evening where the setting sunlight hits the Toronto buildings can illuminate it in gold making for some beautiful images.
- Watch out for goose droppings – they are everywhere! Canada geese can be seen feeding in many spots at Humber Bay Park and the direct result is lots of poop.
Photos from our visit on a blustery, cold winter day: