Precision & Doubt

5 October 2015 – Great precision about where we begin our Tuesday walk.

marker, Gibson Park, Yonge & Park Home Av.

The Tuesday  Walking Society is properly humbled. We’d been thinking in terms of setting off from the North York Civic Centre stop on the Yonge subway line. We have to check street signs to know that we’re at Yonge & Park Home Av.

But then this enticing corner of Gibson Park catches our attention, and we are handed full details.

Later we learn why this is the chosen tribute to the man for whom the park is named. David Gibson (1804-1864) began his working life as a surveyor’s apprentice in his native Scotland, before emigrating, settling here, and going on to a career as a Reform politician and public servant.

The morning’s precision extends to our planned route. In broad terms. West through the great stretch of York Cemetery, then south through Earl Bales Park & Ski Centre. (“Ski Centre?” says I, startled.)

The doubt part is about the weather. Grey, unsettled, likely to rain. Don’t csre, we are prepared, and west we head, into the cemetery.

It is wonderfully non-sectarian; we see every language, every script, & a great range of faiths.

We also see guardian animals.

Canada geese, for example …

in York Cemetery

and, later, exotic Chinese animals.

Well, statuary imported from China (a passing attendant tells us), and I wish I could identify it properly.

statuary in York Cemetery

Then hop-là, out to Bathurst Av. and a quick loop south to tuck ourselves into Earl Bales Park.

And ski centre, as advertised!

We pass the bunny hill, with ski tow and piled up benches, all waiting for winter snow.

Earl Bales Park & Ski Centre

At the moment, though, we’re waiting for rain. The sky darkens, the air smells of rain — the only bright spot is a pair of early fallen leaves, glowing in their seasonal colours & neatly cross-stemmed on the pavement.

leaves on the path, Earl Bales Park

Then the rain begins. Plop-plop. Plop-plop-plop.

My camera hops into its little dry-sack, and ducks & geese come out to play on the near-by pond.



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  1. bobgeor

     /  6 October 2015

    A nice walk out of the downtown core. I love Gibson Park.

    • Downtown is close & rich in possibilities, but trips “out” are great — e.g. Black Creek, e.g. Pickering, & now Gibson Park etc. Do recommend more, I’d love to expand…

  2. I love cemeteries, Penny.

  3. Great walk. Thanks for sharing.


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