If you stick to the streets, it's easy to miss the existence of Toronto's ravine system. Geological legacies of the Ice Age, the ravines are bands of almost primeval forest winding through the city, and entering one is practically entering a different world.
Today's photo is of Nordheimer Ravine, south of St. Clair Avenue West - less than a hundred meters south of St. Clair Avenue West, as point of fact. When I went down the staircase that connected the sidewalk to the ravine trail, the temperature dropped by ten degrees or so and the wall of trees shut out the urban sound completely. There's a similar spot on the bike trail through the Humber Valley, a bit south of Lawrence Avenue, as well as some sections of High Park.
It's good to have somewhere to go where it's quiet and cool and green.
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