This week nature has given the GTA possibly one last blast of winter. Once again the snow is not heavy, only several inches worth but it’s enough to liven up the otherwise dead and dreary looking city. Needless to say I’ve taken the opportunity to dust off the snowshoes for only the fourth time this year and explore. Winter thus far has not been the most conducive for snow or ice based activities but I digress. The Taylor Creek is a tributary to the Don River and meets the East and West Don at the forks, where one can find some unusual Tooth looking structures that are elevated wetlands. How effective they are I do not know but they are an interesting feature at the Forks.
The valley can feel bland and predictable at times. I’ve grown up by it and been up and down it’s slopes countless times. But during a cold crisp winter day it once again comes to life, the frozen ground and lack of foliage make the hidden parts of the valley accessible. With a layer of snow under the snowshoes exploring the frozen wetlands is intriguing. The valley holds many secrets, such as an old Canadian Northern Ontario Railway rail bed that spans most of the lengths of the valley. Leaving fresh tracks in newly fallen snow can make the valley feel a millions miles away from the city until you make one turn around a bend and find yourself staring strait at the snarling traffic of the Don Valley Parkway. That’s where the enchantment of the valley gets lots, the noise and rubbish of the expressway takes much away from the natural splendor.