The May 5, 2018 walk in Long Branch led by MPP Peter Milczyn has now been posted to the Jane’s Walk website and Facebook page
The text for the walk, at the Jane’s Walk website, reads:
Evolution of Long Branch Park (Starting 1884)
Led by Etobicoke-Lakeshore MPP Peter Milczyn
10:30am – 12:00pm | Southwest corner of Long Branch Ave. and Lake Shore Blvd. West in Long Branch
Starting at Lake Shore, Peter Milczyn will lead us south along Long Branch Ave. toward the Lake Ontario shoreline. We will traverse the site of Long Branch Park, serving summer visitors arriving by boat from Toronto starting in 1884. Along the way, we will pass by many heritage houses from a previous horse-and-buggy era, and will encounter the neighbourhood’s constantly evolving built form. Join Peter Milczyn on this walk to understand the transformation of this late-1800s Cottage Country summer resort to a pedestrian friendly neighbourhood at the heart of the Village of Long Branch. This Walk will end where it began.
Route for Minister Milczyn’s May 5, 2018 Jane’s Walk
The following post at the Preserved Stories website outlines the route:
Here’s a brief description:
We start at the southwest corner of Long Branch Ave. and Lake Shore Blvd. West.
We travel south to the corner of Long Branch Ave. and Lake Promenade.
From there we travel east along Lake Promenade to a point about half-way between Long Branch Ave. and Thirty First St.
At the half-way point, we walk north through a parking lot heading to Park Blvd.
But just before that, we have a look at Long Branch Park, in its current, much smaller configuration, namely the outcropping of land, into Lake Ontario, that was created through infill after the Long Branch Hotel burned down in 1958.
Lake Promenade terminated at Long Branch Ave. and resumed slightly west of Thirty First St.
An interesting feature of this area is that, during the original Long Branch Park era, Lake Promenade stopped at Long Branch Ave. and then continued again at a point just to the west of Thirty First St. (please see Bill Rawson’s map, at the top of the page you are now reading).
In between the two streets, there was a beach, and a couple of piers; at one of the piers (maybe both; I do not have information regarding this point), summer vacationers (seeking relaxation in a bucolic lakeside setting) from Toronto would have disembarked starting in the late 1880s. The resort itself was a gated community.
Continuing on our route, we go east a short ways along Park Blvd. until we get to Thirty First St.
We walk north along Thirty First St. to Lake Shore Blvd. West.
At Lake Shore Blvd. West we walk west until we are at the southeast corner of Long Branch Ave. and Lake Shore Blvd. West.
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A related post is entitled:
History of Lake Promenade
A noteworthy feature (which previous Jane’s Walk participants have found it remarkable to discover) of Lake Promenade was that in years past it extended westward almost to Applewood Creek, where the Mississauga-Toronto border (that is, the portion of it that extends along the Lake Ontario shoreline) is located:
I have highlighted the history of the mouth of Etobicoke Creek at a recent post entitled: