Cathedral Bluffs Park

The aptly named Cathedral Bluffs are the highest point of the Scarborough Bluffs and tower 90 metres above Lake Ontario.

The area is bordered to the north by a large, grassy area.

I visited on December 6 and one wildflower was still in bloom in the lawn here:

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Dandelion must be the most ubiquitous weed on earth. I remember clearing them from explorer Shackleton’s grave on an island just north of Antarctica.

Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)

Another object which, sadly, is often found on trails these days:

The “wild” section of the park is located on a spit of land which has trails on the edges of the bluffs and down the centre.

Officially, one is not supposed to walk here (no trespassing signs and a low fence) but it is clear that everyone does it. Here is a quote from the City of Toronto website:

Important: There is no access to the water at this park. Stay behind fences and obey no trespassing signs as the bluffs are unstable. Access the water from Bluffer’s ParkSylvan ParkGuild Park and Gardens, or East Point Park.

From the tip of the spit. there is a large ravine to the west:

To the west you can see the marina:

The view from the top of Cathedral Bluffs:

Miles Hearn










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