Garrison Creek, Toronto

Toronto, Canada is often compared to New York based on its diversity, street grid and downtown. Its grid is laid out atop numerous buried streams that have a devoted following that follows their courses. One of those streams is Garrison Creek, named after the fort where the city began.

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As the stream’s name indicates, in the early years of Toronto, it had a close connection to Fort York, the military base near its mouth that was built to repel an American invasion. It had a key role in the development of the city as the source of its water. With industry encroaching, pollution drove the stream beneath the surface, but a revival of sorts in now underway. Continue reading