Kay Gardner Beltline Park and Double Rainbow: June 2020

The Toronto Belt Line Railway opened in 1892. It was constructed as two separate loops both starting and ending at Union Station. The east branch followed the Don River, entered the Moore Park Ravine and turned west at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery. The passenger train service was never profitable and was discontinued after two years. The city purchased the land in 1972 and it was turned into a bike path.

Yonge Street bridge
Looking south from bridge
Looking north from bridge

There is a considerable variety of plant life along the trail:

Nipplewort (Lansana communis)
Nipplewort (Lansana communis)
Mallow (Malva neglecta)
Manitoba Maple (Acer negundo)
Common Buckthorn (Rhamnus cathartica)
Yellow Avens (Geum aleppicum)
Yellow Avens (Geum aleppicum)
I could find no Poison Ivy near this sign.
Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum dulcmara)
European Black Ash (Fraxinus excelsior)
Alternate-leaved Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
Wych Elm showing insect leaf mine
Wych Elm showing insect leaf mine
Canada Thistle (Cirsium arvense)
Serviceberry (Amelanchier)
Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)
Austrian Pine (Pinus nigra)
Colorado Spruce (Picea pungens)
White Mulberry (Morus alba)
White-cedar (Thuja occidentalis)
Forsythia (Forsythia intermedia)
Honeysuckle (Lonicera)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
Norway Maple (Acer platanoides)
Common Burdock (Arctium minus)
Winged Euonymus (Euonymus alata)
Privet (Ligustrum obtusifolium)
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
Daisy Fleabane (Erigeron annuus)
Motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca)
Black Walnut (Juglans nigra)
White Elm (Ulmus americana)
Black Locust (Robinia pseudoacacia)
Common Sow-thistle (Sonchus oleraceus)
Red Fescue (Festuca rubra)
Hedge Mustard (Sisymbrium officinale)
Pineapple-weed (Matricaria discoidea)
Dog-strangling Vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum)
Quack Grass (Elymus repens)
Goat’s-beard (Tragopogon)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia japonica)
Heal-all (Prunella vulgaris)
Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale)
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare)
Common Plantain (Plantago major)
Purple-flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus)
Virginia Waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum)
Black Currant (Ribes nigrum)
Enchanter’s-nightshade (Circaea canadensis)
Gouteeed (Aegopodium podagraria)
Gouteeed (Aegopodium podagraria)
Japanese Katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum)
Lady Fern

After a brief rainfall, this amazing site appeared in our neighbourhood:


There through the long, long summer hours,
The golden light should lie,
And thick young herbs and groups of flowers
Stand in their beauty by.           – William Cullen Bryant (1794–1878)

Miles Hearn

3 thoughts on “Kay Gardner Beltline Park and Double Rainbow: June 2020

  1. Brian Whitefield

    Great post. Many thanks, Miles. I especially appreciate the pairing of the rainbow pics and the poetry selection. The ‘golden light’ of the poem is most visible below the rainbow.

  2. Lisa Volkov

    I love that stretch. As for the double rainbow–magnificent! I remember seeing one like it, maybe about three years ago, also while walking in a neighbourhood. It’s a very special thing. Thanks, Miles!


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