May 2012 Jane’s Walk article in upcoming CSA newsletter

South Long Branch Jane's Walk, May 6, 2012. The walk is shown stopping in front of Parkview School at 85 Forty First Street in Long Branch (Etobicoke), where the archaeological remains of the Colonel Samuel Smith homestead site are located. Photo credit: Peter Foley.

Lisa Wilder is National Coordinator for the Canadian Stuttering Association (CSA). She’s also editor of CSA newsletter and webmaster of the CSA website.

Lisa has recently shared with me a PDf file of an article that I wrote about the May 6, 2012 South Long Branch Jane’s Walk:

May 2012 South Long Branch Jane’s Walk. Photo credit: Peter Foley

Long Branch, formerly the Village of Long Branch, is in the southwest corner of Toronto near Lake Ontario. Its western end is at the border between Toronto and Mississuga.

When you look to the north of Lake Shore Blvd. West, you’ll see that Etobicoke Creek serves as the border between the two cities.

South of Lake Shore Blvd. West, however, Etobicoke Creek used to have a western branch which flowed at some distance to the west of where the channelized version of Etobicoke Creek is now located. The former western branch of the creek marks the current border.

A road — still named Island Road — used to run down the middle of an island formed by the two branches of the creek. In the 1920s until the 1950s, this  area was an integral part of the ‘cottage country’ phase in the history of the Village of Long Branch. In those years the island and surrounding areas were home to large numbers of cottages.

As well, in those years Lake Promenade, which currently terminates at Forty Second Street, used to extend much further to the west than it does now.

The Mississauga-Toronto border — south of Lake Shore Blvd. West in Toronto (which continues as Lakeshore Road East in Mississauga) — follows the western branch of Etobicoke Creek, which was filled in some years ago. Thus along Lake Ontario the border extends quite a bit further west — just beyond Applewood Creek — of the current version of Etobicoke Creek.

On this page is a photo, by Jane’s Walk Director, Peter Foley, that is featured in the article. Click on the photo to enlarge it. Click again to enlarge it further. Click on the ‘Back’ button on your browser to return to the page you are now reading.

 

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