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.

Urban Adventures in High Park

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

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

Toronto’s Central Park

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 that is a hub of activity for joggers, walkers, mothers walking with their strollers, and owners walking their dogs. Because it’s so massive it also accommodates a zoo, a small lake where people often fish, a large playground for kids, multiple picnic areas, tennis courts, and restaurants.

West of Central but Conveniently Located

High Park is very conveniently located on the subway line and also has lots of parking nearby so it is easily accessible. However High Park is not as centrally located as Central Park in New York. Perhaps this is the reason that I forgot about the park, and the reason that this past Sunday was the first time I visited the park in years.

Man Lured to the Park by Offer

However in driving through that area recently a sign advertising a $1.99 All Day Breakfast caught my attention. Everyone loves to discover a good deal. I made a mental note that I would return and this Sunday I did come back with the kids.

Man Eating Dog

The menu was a little confusing and I didn’t find the advertised special … but the kids wanted other things anyways. We settled on sausage dogs for the kids and a sausage and egg breakfast for me. The dogs were the biggest things I had ever seen in my life.

Eric starts off strong eating the big dog ... but he faded fast.

Eric starts off strong eating the big dog ... but he faded fast.

Even a full grown man would have trouble eating that dog. If I had known how big they were ahead of time I would have gotten one for all of us to share. My kids were troopers though. I was proud of the way they made a good effort to finish all the food in front of them …. but from the time they first saw their plates Eric and Anisa both laughed knowing that there was no way they could eat it all.

After that we needed to walk off the food induced torpor. And we wanted to send Eric’s plane off on its maiden flight.

We passed through the zoo on the way to other adventures.

We passed through the zoo on the way to other adventures.

Eric starts off strong eating the big dog ... but he faded fast.

Eric starts off strong eating the big dog ... but he faded fast.

An unknown variety of flower adorn a rock ledge behind the restaurant.

An unknown variety of flower adorn a rock ledge behind the restaurant.

Toronto’s Central Park

From my viewpoint, Toronto’s High Park fills a similar role to the city as New York’s Central Park. It’s an absolutely massive park in the city that is a hub of activity for joggers, walkers, mothers walking with their strollers, and owners walking their dogs. Because it’s so massive it also accommodates a zoo, a small lake where people often fish, a large playground for kids, multiple picnic areas, tennis courts, and restaurants.
West of Central but Conviently Located
High Park is very conveniently located on the subway line and also has lots of parking nearby so it is easily accessible. However High Park is not as centrally located as Central Park in New York. Perhaps this is the reason that I forgot about the park, and the reason that this past Sunday was the first time I visited the park in years.
The Lure
However in driving through that area recently a sign advertising a $1.99 All Day Breakfast caught my attention. Everyone loves to discover a good deal. I made a mental note that I would return and this Sunday I did come back with the kids.
Man Eating Dog
The menu was a little confusing and I didn’t find the advertised special … but the kids wanted other things anyways. We settled on sausage dogs for the kids and a sausage and egg breakfast for me. The dogs were the biggest things I had ever seen in my life. If I had known how big they were ahead of time I would have gotten one for all of us to share. My kids were troopers though. I was proud of the way they made a good effort to finish all the food in front of them …. but from the time they first saw their plates Eric and Anisa both laughed knowing that there was no way they could eat it all.

After that we needed to walk off the food induced torpor. And we wanted to send Eric’s plane off on its maiden flight.

Anisa winds up the rubber band driven propeller in preparation for taking her turn as pilot.

Anisa winds up the rubber band driven propeller in preparation for taking her turn as pilot.

I try to let the kids have fun without me stealing their toys ... but in the end ...

I try to let the kids have fun without me stealing their toys ... but in the end ...

Before us in the big field where we flew the plane these dragonfly were chasing small insects like fighter pilots.

Before us in the big field where we flew the plane these dragonflies were chasing small insects and taking them down like fighter pilots.

Anisa said "lets take this path ... it looks like an adventure". So we took the path.

Anisa said "lets take this path ... it looks like an adventure". So we took the path.

These young film makers might have been making the next big indie hit. You judge for yourself. Check out their video on YouTube under Captain Canada: The Spy Who Did Stuff to Me

These young film makers we encountered might have been making the next big indie hit. You judge for yourself. Check out their video on YouTube under Captain Canada: The Spy Who Did Stuff to Me

The area at the end of the trail was heavily used by BMX bikers who liked to jump off the hills. The native Canadians who sat there keeping watch over the place however said that it was an ancient indian burial ground that should not be defiled with such pursuits.

The area at the end of the trail was heavily used by BMX bikers who liked to jump off the hills. The native Canadians who sat there keeping watch over the place however said that it was an ancient indian burial ground that should not be defiled with such pursuits.

The kids had a great time flying the planes from the mounds while no BMX bikes were there and before we were informed that it was a sacred indian burial ground. Who knew.

The kids had a great time flying the planes from the mounds while no BMX bikes were there and before we were informed that it was a sacred indian burial ground. Who knew.

What goes down has to climb back up. After launching the plane the run back up the hill seemed like half the fun.

What goes down has to climb back up. After launching the plane the run back up the hill seemed like half the fun.

Whats not to smile about after flying the plane and running up and down spooky trails?

Whats not to smile about after flying the plane and running up and down spooky trails?

Many of the paths were wide and flat for those seeking a more leisurely adventure.

Many of the paths were wide and flat for those seeking a more leisurely adventure.

A photo of me taken by Anisa with my big heavy camera.

A photo of me taken by Anisa with my big heavy camera.

The trees in the background hung overhead like a frame for this garden.

The trees in the background hung overhead like a frame for this garden.

This dragonfly must have been moulting. It stayed motionless for minutes while we photographed it. Eventually it flew away.

This dragonfly must have been moulting. It stayed motionless for minutes while we photographed it. Eventually it flew away.

We didn't see any coyotes. We did see lots of women walking tiny little frou-frou dogs though.

We didn't see any coyotes. We did see lots of women walking tiny little frou-frou dogs though.

A leaf from an iron sculpture of a plant. The sculpture was planted in the garden alongside real plants.

A leaf from an iron sculpture of a plant. The sculpture was planted in the garden alongside real plants.

Leaves from an iron sculpture of a plant. The sculpture wrapped around a real tree planted in the middle of the garden.

Leaves from an iron sculpture of a plant. The sculpture wrapped around a real tree planted in the middle of the garden.

An unknown variety of flower adorn a rock ledge behind the restaurant.

An unknown variety of flower adorn a rock ledge behind the restaurant.


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