On Toronto’s east end lay about 14 kilometres of cliffs along the shores of Lake Ontario known as The Scarborough Bluffs. It’s maintained by the Toronto Parks department and is open year round. There are some moderate climbs on the trail but it’s more of a nice walk than a hiking trail. The Bluffs themselves are quite impressive, made mostly of clay and sand they tower, for the most part, around 65m above the lakeshore. Cathedral Bluffs Park is the exception at 95 meters, and is also part of the Scarborough Bluffs Trail area.
With the height of the bluffs, along with the fact they are a sand clay combo, they are subject to erosion. Over the years many people have ventured too close to the edge at the top and ended up part of a landslide and required rescue. Same story for those trying to climb them from below. It is strongly suggested to stay on trail and to actually abide by the many “Danger you will die” signs posted in certain areas.
A fun fact about the bluffs: They were once part of the shoreline of Lake Iroquois, an ancient glacial lake that predated Lake Ontario. It’s water levels were 30 metres higher than the current lake, due to an ancient ice dam at the St. Lawrence River. When that dam left, so did 30 meters of water, revealing the bluffs, which provide the most complete record of Pleistocene geology in North America.
The above picture is of a sculpture called “Passage” created by Doris McCarthy in 2001. The sculpture is based on the ribs of a canoe and rib cage of fish.
Quick Escapes is aiming to complete a 52 week photo project in 2018. A picture a week...that sounds easy enough. Well I'll tell you from experience...it's tougher than you think. This is week 12 of 52.