As a writer and photographer I travel between my life in Toronto, my life in Antigua, and anywhere else my wanderings may take me ... writing my books and enjoying local arts and adventures along the way.

York Regional Forests

For the kids the forest is fun but also potentially spooky, perhaps because of imaginations running overtime conjuring up scenarios of encountering things unknown. But it’s also a place where city kids can run as fast as they want to, chuck rocks wherever they want to, and just be free to entertain themselves as kids do without fear of being reprimanded.

Urban Adventures in High Park

An iron sculpture of a sunflower peeks out from the middle of a garden.

From my viewpoint, Toronto’s High Park fills a similar role to the city as New York’s Central Park does to the big apple. It’s an absolutely massive park in the city and it’s a hub of activity . After not having actually walked through it for years, today found us in the park recovering from the crash landings of our plane amidst Indian burial ground protests and gun brandishing film makers. A great urban adventure.

Don Valley Brickworks

The Don Valley Brickworks hosts many activies during the summer. The Saturday morning farmers market is a real treat in the heart of the city.

This weekend the kids and I went bicycling on the beautiful trails that pass through the Don Valley Brickworks and that extend through to the Toronto beaches other green spaces right across the city. Big plans are in the works for the Brickworks, and we could see the evidence of those plans all around. But it was the wildlife that captivated us.

Bicycling at Center Island

The first step towards an adventure is taking the first step.

Centre Island and the rest of the islands in the Toronto Island Park have for me always been one of the aspects of Toronto that I’ve most treasured. Other cities have parks, but few others have such scenic and serene ones.

Lake Ontario Beaches vs Antigua’s Beaches

Lake Ontario beaches are conveniently close for people in Toronto, but you can only find Antiguan beaches in Antigua.

It may seem ridiculous to some to compare Antigua’s warm coral sand beaches to the freshwater beaches in Toronto that are fed by cold Canadian streams. Even in June the kids only put their feet in the water at this Canadian beach for a couple minutes before they run out squealing from the cold.

Tadpoles

I have never see tadpoles on any beach in Antigua. Here in Canada the kids caught some tadpoles near the beach at Bluffer’s park.

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