A Walk by Etobicoke Creek: September 2020

On this day, I walked north along Etobicoke Creek from Marie Curtis Park

On October 15, 1954, the most famous hurricane in Canadian history struck Southern Ontario. Hurricane Hazel was projected to dissipate, but instead re-intensified unexpectedly and rapidly, pounding the Toronto region with winds that reached 110 kilometres per hour (68 mph) and 285 millimetres (11.23 inches) of rain in 48 hours.

The front page of the Oct. 21 1954 Lakeshore Advertiser featuring post-Hurricane Hazel coverage.

The Etobicoke Creek area was one of the worst hit. 81people died in the Toronto area. Seeing the docile creek as it was today, it is difficult to believe.

Some botany:

Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)
Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)
Jerusalem Artichoke (Helianthus tuberosus)
Zigzag Goldenrod (Solidago flexicaulis)
Thin-leaved Coneflower (Rudbeckia triloba)
Thin-leaved Coneflower (Rudbeckia triloba)
Thin-leaved Coneflower (Rudbeckia triloba)
Black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Pale-leaved Sunflower (Helianthus decapetalus)
Chicory (Cichorium intybus)
Bittersweet Nightshade (Solanum dulcamara)
Pale Jewelweed (Impatiens pallida)
Pale Jewelweed (Impatiens pallida)
Pale Jewelweed (Impatiens pallida)
Doll’s-eyes (Actaea pachypoda)
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Purple-flowering Raspberry (Rubus odoratus)
Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum)
Hog-peanut (Amphicarpaea bracteata)
Multiflora Rose (Rosa multiflora)
Calico Aster (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum)
Calico Aster (Symphyotrichum lateriflorum)
Giant Ragweed (Ambrosia trifida)
Pinkweed (Persicaria pensylvanica)
Beggar-ticks (Bidens frondosa)
Prickly Lettuce (Lactuca serriola)
Cabbage White Butterfly on Goldenrod
Spiny-leaved Sow Thistle (Sonchus asper)
Hedge Bindweed (Calystegia sepium)
New England Aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae)
Cocklebur (Xanthium strumarium)
Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria)
Himalayan Balsam (Impatiens grandulifera)

It was a surprise to find these in the woods having probably spread from a nearby garden.

Orange Chinese Lantern Plant
Orange Chinese Lantern Plant


And the living is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high.                       – George Gershwin (1898—1937) 

Miles Hearn

2 thoughts on “A Walk by Etobicoke Creek: September 2020

  1. Lisa Volkov

    Thanks for this great “trip”. (I also enjoyed seeing the dogs!) What a horror Hurricane Hazel was–such a loss of life! Terrible. Thanks for including that material. What happened served notice relating to the importance of retaining (uninhabited) ravines to absorb water.
    Thanks, Miles!

  2. rosemarie fischer

    Thank you Miles for the beautiful photos. Some of those look like orchids…..so beautiful. About huricane Hazel, my in-laws lived close by on Melrose Street, they told us how bad it was. No-one got hurt,but it was devastating….a lot of property damage. Thanks again…..Rosemarie Fischer


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