Friday, February 22, 2019

The Don Valley

This is the view looking north from the Viaduct in yesterday's post, so we are looking away from Lake Ontario. The Don Valley is one of the wonderful ravines that crisscross Toronto giving us acres of treed lands and parks to explore. The valley is about 400 metres (~1,300 ft) wide although the Don River which carved it out during the ice age is now only about 15 metres (50 ft) wide and in this location is far to the left. The highway here is the Don Valley Parkway which was finished in the 1960s and takes traffic into the downtown core from the east end of the city. When we get very heavy rains the Don River is prone to flooding and often floods right over the highway. The valley at one time had many mills and farms as well as a brickworks which produced most of the bricks used to construct the older parts of the city but is now all parkland or roadway. The Brickworks is now a restored site with markets and historical industrial displays.

16 comments:

Taken For Granted said...

Fine view from the viaduct.

Sharon said...

It looks like you are way out in the country but, I do see those tall buildings on the horizon. This must be so green in the warm months.

Michelle said...

Quite a vantage point. Nice view!

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

That is a wonderful view! Enjoy your day, have a great weekend ahead!

Anne Hagman-Niilola said...

High bridge! Have a nice weekend

Tom said...

...it looks like Central Park!

Andy said...

Pat... you have your history lessons down pat. ;-)

bill burke said...

A wonderful view!

Lea said...

Pretty view!

William Kendall said...

It is a good view.

Kay said...

Interesting history, and your geology sounds even more interesting. Like the Don Valley, part of Washington was carved into a big river valley (the Columbia) in an earlier ice age and other events gave us mountain ranges.

s.c said...

The big land creators, rivers and gletschers as makers of hills and mountains.

Cloudia said...

cool!

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Wonderful view from the viaduct Pat. We have an old brickworks here that there is constant and ongoing discussion on what to do with, I like the sound of what they've done in Toronto ✨

21 Wits said...

So that's what a dry clean freeway free from snow, ice, slush, salt or sand looks like. I almost forgot around here!

Jack said...

Toronto is lucky to have a lot of natural land and parkland remaining.