Walking in a Wildlife Sanctuary Across the Lake from a City
A Bird Sanctuary as Well as a Healthy Getaway for City Dwellers
|Tommy Thompson Park offers a healthy alternative for wildlife and urbanites alike|
Tommy Thompson Park is a former dump site that grew into a wildlife bird sanctuary on an isthmus in Toronto. It is entirely human-made. As described in its history, "the natural processes that evolved during the long construction and planning of the site had shaped [the park] into a truly "accidental wilderness". A map from toronto-wildlife.com shows where the park is situated in relation to the City of Toronto.
|A map from toronto-wildlife.com shows where Leslie Spit/ Tommy Thompson Park is situated|
Leave It For The Birds
|Eventually it was decided to leave the park for the birds. Visits to the wildlife sanctuary are allowed during restricted hours.|
If you walk the 2+ hours to the end of the Spit, you end up in what feels like the middle of Lake Ontario. Now a popular destination for bird watchers, cyclists and conservationists, the only sounds you can hear as you walk are the chirps and songs of numerous species of birds rarely seen elsewhere.