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Walking at Humber Bay Park and Palace Pier Park

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:

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No snow in January this year. The Toronto skyline is misted in clouds on the left.

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Condos crowd along the lake, destroying the beautiful view of Humber Bay from the QEW/Gardiner Expressway.

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A pond fed by Etobicoke Creek with rushes and other marshy plants – at Humber Bay Park West.

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Demolishing old motels along the Humber Bay shoreline in Toronto

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The suspension bridge at Humber Bay


  1. I love the East Humber Bay Park!

    That area has changed soooo much in the last few years.

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