Ashbridge's Bay Park

Ashbridge's Bay 1561 Lake Shore Blvd E

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Ashbridge's Bay Park

This bay and park in Toronto is located along Lake Shore Boulevard, next to Woodbine Beach in the Beaches. The primary attraction is the Martin Goodman Trail and boardwak, which run through the park along the bay. The boardwalk runs about 1.9 miles (3 km) from Ashbridge's Bay in the west to a water treatment plan along Lake Ontario in the east. Get the lay of the land in the video below.

The bay is named for Sarah Ashbridge, a British loyalist who was originally from Philadelphia before moving to a nearby farm in what is now Toronto. It was once a marsh on the Don River delta, and one of the largest wetlands in Eastern Canada. Although it was used for gathering ice in the winter months before 1900, by the turn of the century, it had become highly polluted and the water became unsafe. In 1912, the Toronto Harbour Commission drained it and reclaimed the land. It was the largest engineering project in North America at the time.

The Park finally opened on this reclaimed land in 1977, and in the early 2000s, Waterfront Toronto instituted several major improvements, including the construction of a skate park. It is now a popular bird-watching destination, a good fishing spot, and a great place to enjoy the scenic trails or a picnic lunch. Sailing and boating are also possible from the public boat launch within the park. The park is open year-round, but visitors should note that trails are not maintained in the winter. Fireworks take place every Victoria Day and Canada Day and are hugely popular.

Cover photo By Benson Kua from Toronto, Canada - Seriously?Uploaded by tm, CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=25674804

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