Lagoon Reports

Male bald eagle, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Bald Neighbour

A male bale eagle perches above Kathleen and Ali’s house at the corner of Channel and Third.

January bluebird, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Bluebird of Happiness

A bluebird lights up Channel Ave. on a cold January day. Thanks to David for the tip.

Full lunar eclipse at totality 2019, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Wet Meadow Eclipse

The moon approaches totality over the wet meadow during the full lunar eclipse of January 2019. The -35°C wind chill was an added bonus.


Wood duck in January, Snake Island, Toronto Islands

A Woody January

The unlikely colours of a wood duck on a warm January day.

Derrick barge T.H.C. 50 and the last bollard on the Eastern Gap, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Last Bollard

Derrick barge T.H.C. 50 has completed her work removing the crumbling portion of the eastern gap.  This panorama was shot on her last night moored just off of the cove.  Click image to view larger.

Seneca Ave with Toronto skyline during Flood of 2017, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Seneca Pump Reinstated II

Seneca Ave after sunset during the Flood of 2017 and again in 2018. Click image to view larger.


Gibraltar Point lighthouse during and after the Flood of 2017, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Gibraltar Reflections II

The Gibraltar Point light during the Flood of 2017 and again in 2018. Click image to view larger.

Cibola Ave. flooded towards St. Andrew's church, Center Island, Toronto Islands

St. Andrew’s II

Cibola underwater, during and after the Flood of 2017, by the turnoff to St. Andrew’s By The Lake. Click image to view larger.

Bayview Ave before and after the Flood of 2017, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Bayview Ave II

Bayview Ave underwater during the Flood of 2017 and again in 2018.  Click image to view larger.


Parking lot before and after Flood of 2017, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Front Row Parking II

The parking lot by the Ward’s dock during and after the Flood of 2017. Click image to view larger.

Table set for two during and after the Flood of 2017, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Table for Two II

Ken’s Table for Two during and after the Flood of 2017.  Click image to view larger.

WIA Clubhouse during and after the Flood of 2017, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

WIA Encroachment II

The WIA clubhouse during and after the Flood of 2017. Click image to view larger.


Approach to beach before and after Flood of 2017, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Flooded Approach II

The approach to Ward’s beach, underwater during the Flood of 2017 and again in 2018.  Click image to view larger.

Ward's beach during and after the Flood of 2017, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

High Tide II

Ward’s beach during the Flood of 2017 and again in 2018.  Click image to view larger.

Eastern gap 2017 flood before and after, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Edge of Forever II

The southern end of the eastern gap, looking north towards the City, in 2017 and 2018.  Click image to view larger.


Eastern gap 2017 flood before and after, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Breakwall No More II

The south end of the eastern gap, in 2017 and 2018. Click image to view larger.

Fall colours on Fifth St., Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Fireworks on Fifth

Fall colours light up Fifth St on a gorgeous November day.

Nature's Sandbox by Thelia Sanders-Shelton, Rogue Wave 2018, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Nature’s Sandbox

Nature’s Sandbox, a Rogue Wave 2018 installation by Thelia Sanders-Shelton.


Bittern Surprise

A very rare surprise:  a migrating American bittern attempts to hide in plain sight by standing tall and straight.  It’s a very effective camouflage when they’re amongst the reeds, here not so much.  This is only the second bittern that I’ve ever seen on the Island.

Deconstruction of the breakwall, eastern gap, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Bollard No More

PortsToronto (née the Toronto Port Authority) has begun removal of the northern portion of the eastern gap breakwall.  Here the upper surface has been reduced to rubble, which will get moved to the south side of Tommy Thompson park.  You can view it prior to demolition here and here.

2018 community portrait panorama, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Community Portrait 2018

The rain came down, the wind howled, but the intrepid crew of the beer garden remained undaunted.  It’s already been ten years since the first modern community portrait in 2008, and fives years since the last in 2013, my how time flies.  Thanks to all who braved the elements!  It looks like the next community […]


Trumpeter Swan P24, Muggs Island, Island Yacht Club, IYC, Toronto Islands

Meet Molson

Meet Molson, more blandly known as Trumpeter Swan P24.  Molson was hatched at Wye Marsh as part of their Trumpeter Swan program two years ago.  All the hatchlings were named after breweries, hence the name Molson. Personally, I’m waiting for a flock of microbrews to migrate through at the end of the season.

Great blue heron with drooped wings, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Droop Wing I & II

A great blue heron droops its wings to cool off on an unseasonably hot October day.

Closeup of a pair of muskrats together, Snug Harbour, Toronto Islands

Captain & Tennille

Muskrat Love!  A pair of muskrats dine together in the waters of Snug Harbour.


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