Lagoon Reports

Pumping operations on Seneca Ave at sunset, Toronto Island Flood, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Seneca Pump I

Soon their voices will be silenced:  the big red pumps have droned on for over a month now, working hard to keep the lake at bay.  This pump graces Seneca Ave during a late June twilight. Click image to view larger.

Map turtle covered in poplar fluff, Doughnut Island, Toronto Islands

Fluff Camouflage

Apparently we’re not the only ones cursed with poplar fluff.  Even map turtles basking in the Doughnut Island environs are susceptible.

Mink on shoreline of Centerville, Toronto Island Flood, Center Island, Toronto Islands

Centerville Mink

A mink tours the shoreline of Centerville, enjoying the complete solitude during the Flood of 2017.


Jimmy joking with people at the back of the Jimmy Jones Express, Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands

JJ Style

Jimmy jokes with the peanut gallery at the back of the bus aboard the Jimmy Jones Express. Click image to view larger.

Standing room only on the Jimmy Jones Express, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Standing Room Only

It’s standing room only aboard the Jimmy Jones Express. Tickets sold out at an unprecedented rate. Click image to view larger.

Manuel in bus driver chic on aboard the Jimmy Jones Express, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Bus Driver

Not to be outdone by Jimmy’s Bomber style, Manuel shows off his Bus Driver aesthetic aboard the Jimmy Jones Express. Click image to view larger.


Jimmy shows of his Bomber style on the Jimmy Jones Express, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Love The Hat

Jimmy models his unique Bomber style on the Jimmy Jones Express. How he hears anything through all that fur is anyone’s guess. Click image to view larger.

Jimmy in the middle of the crowded Jimmy Jones Express, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Jimmy in the Crowd

Jimmy tells stories to the crowd at the back of the Jimmy Jones Express. Click image to view larger.

Jimmy Jones explains the history of a memorial bench, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Bench Talk

Jimmy Jones explains the history of a memorial bench on Centre Island to the assembled crowd of the Jimmy Jones express. Click image to view larger.


Jimmy Jones Express stops at the plaque for Ted Dinsmore, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Centre Stop

The Jimmy Jones Express stops under piercing blue skies on Centre to hear about the memorial plaque for Ted Dinsmore. Click image to view larger.

Memorial plaque for Ted Dinsmore, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

In Memoriam

The memorial plaque for Ted Dinsmore at the base of a tree on Centre. Click image to view larger.

Manuel points out the next stop on the Jimmy Jones Express, Center Island, Toronto Islands

Next Stop

Manuel points out the next stop on the Jimmy Jones express, just passing the pier at Centre. Click image to view larger.


Jimmy Jones with megaphone on the Jimmy Jones Express, Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands

Megaphone Shade

Jimmy Jones points out details of Gibraltar Point with the aid of a megaphone on the Jimmy Jones Express. Click image to view larger.

Jimmy Jones Express final stop, Hanlan's Point, Toronto Islands

Hanlan’s Above Water

The Jimmy Jones Express hits the final stop at Hanlan’s Point.  Hanlan’s at this point in time is still high and dry, the Flood of 2017 still only a future memory. Click image to view larger.

Jimmy Jones holding copy of Torontos Riviera of Yesteryear, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Riviera of Yesteryear

Jimmy Jones holds up a copy of Toronto’s Riviera of Yesteryear at the final stop of the Jimmy Jones Express. Click image to view larger.


Flooded eastern gap at sunset, Flood of 2017, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Edge of Forever

The southern end of the eastern gap is completely underwater.  East winds and boat wake now drive waves inland, with almost no protection from what used to be a high concrete barrier.

Talking in the floodwaters on Cibola Ave, Flood of 2017, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Daily Life

It’s now early June, and life in the Flood of 2017 seems to have taken on a new normal.  Laura and Leida talk on Cibola while the lagoon floods the road beneath them.

Wild peacock portrait, Flood of 2017, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Peacock Blues

The escaped peacock, unofficial mascot of the Flood of 2017, has taken to roosting on Freya’s roof.


Kids play in the mud during the Flood of 2017, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Hard Core

Everything’s a playground during the Flood of 2017, as long as you don’t have to do your own laundry.

Tugboat Radium Yellowknife delivering sandbags, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Radium Yellowknife

The heavy tug Radium Yellowknife dwarfs the waiting shed while delivering sandbags for ongoing operations during the Flood of 2017.

Boat mooring at side of road during flood of 2017, Algonquin Island, Toronto Islands

Roadside Mooring

With water levels so high during the Flood of 2017, why not moor your boat at the side of the road?


Mating toads in front of Rectory Cafe, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Rectory Mates

Toads mate in front of the Rectory Café.  It’s a great year to be an amphibian.

Inspecting pump intake hose, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Sandbag Sump

Michael inspects the intake hose after a community effort to shift the sandbag wall so that Bayview Ave. could drain.  That there is fire ant territory, that is.

Flooded Bayview Ave, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Bayview Ave.

Flooded Bayview Ave, looking west towards Fourth St.


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