James Gardens and the Humber River Trail

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The map of Toronto shows a trail along the Humber River all the way from Kipling and Islington (at the border of Toronto and Vaughan in the north) down to the most southernmost point of Toronto at Lake Ontario – Humber Bay, to be exact -near the intersection of Lake Shore Blvd and The Queensway.

I recently went for a hike along a portion of this trail (also known as the Tommy Thompson Trail) beginning at Scarlett Road and Eglinton Avenue West, heading south.

I had a couple of hangers-on…

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…and was in danger of being dive-bombed by this baby bird’s parents while trying to snap this photo.

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Click on any photo for a (much) larger image!

I came across James Gardens by accident when I looked beside the trail and suddenly saw a park with enormous lawns fringed with beautiful flowerbeds and mature trees.

Across the lawn is an even more impressive series of connected ponds, rock gardens, numerous beds filled with flowers and shrubs, and winding nature trails.

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Wild irises were everywhere.

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It was a rainy, cloudy day when I went…but the gardens were absolutely beautiful.

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I have never seen a columbine in this colour before.

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It had been raining on and off all day, but after being in the Gardens for about half an hour a violent rainstorm began and photo taking had to cease. However, I did get a couple of quick photos from inside of a nearby gazebo:

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After getting thoroughly soaked, I travelled back along the Humber River Trail northward and home.

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Have you ever had an accidental discovery of a memorable place? What was it? Tell me about it in the comments section! I would love to hear some stories from all of you!

Stay tuned!

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