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Beaver Pull

Beaver jawbone with teeth, Franklin Island, Georgian Bay

So, just how long are a beaver’s front teeth?  Almost six inches, as it turns out.

Beaver Teeth

Beaver teeth, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

A beaver displays bad manners chewing with its mouth open and covered in food, tasty branches pulled into the waters off Ward’s Beach.

Snow Dusted

Snow dusted beaver, Snake Island, Toronto Islands

Snow dusts the face of a beaver after a freak spring snow squall.


Large beaver on ice, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

A large beaver rests on the ice near the RCYC, feeding on branches close to holes kept open in the thick lagoon ice.

The Illustrated Guide to Toronto Island Wildlife

Toronto Islands Satellite View

The Toronto Islands are a veritable paradise for wildlife.  Less than two kilometres from the downtown core of Canada’s largest city, beavers chew, turtles bask, toads sing, herons fish, and mink run wild.  Projecting south from the northern shoreline of Lake Ontario, it’s one of the primary stopping points for migratory species crossing the lake, […]

Getting Started

There’s an awful lot of material in the Lagoon Report, and it can be hard to get your feet on the ground.  There are a few ways to get started: 1.  Search.  There’s a search field in the upper right-hand corner of every page.  Simply punch in your search criteria like beaver or Third St. […]

About the Lagoon Report

Twilight over the lighthouse and twin ranges, Bustard Rocks, Georgian Bay

What are these Lagoon Reports? For years kayak-based photographer Sean Tamblyn has been prowling the lagoons of the Toronto Islands, getting to know and understand the rhythms of seasonal bird migrations, ice flows, sky patterns, and occasional out-of-town visitors.  Red foxes magically appear, peacocks live wild, and mink run amok.  After accumulating several seasons worth […]

Happy Couple

Beaver couple, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

A pair of large beavers sit on the bank of the lagoon near the new fire hall.


Beaver, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

A beaver swims past the shores of Algonquin, its face perfectly reflected in the calm waters of May.

Northern Beauty

Northern Pike, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

During the winter months, the lagoons become almost sterile as all the larger fish head to deeper waters.  Crayfish, mink, beavers, and a few smaller fish can occasionally be seen going about their business under the ice, but nothing else. As the ice finally begins to clear out, the larger fish return and get ready […]