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.

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 […]

Toronto sunset skyline panorama, Center Island, Toronto Islands

City of Lights V

The city skyline glows on an epic March night.  Click image to view larger.

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.

Toronto skyline panorama during earth hour 2016, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Earth Hour 2016

The camera causes the Toronto skyline to glow deceptively brightly during Earth Hour 2016.  While it wasn’t obvious that many people turned out their home lights for the hour, it is the one hour a year where no corporate logos are lit.  Besides the CN Tower and Skydome being dark, the CIBC, Scotiabank, TD, Westin, […]

Toronto skyline reflected in black ice, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

Toronto Iceline 2015

Almost perfect black ice on the inner harbour reflects the Toronto skyline, lit by the incredible blue of a January day.  Get out your skates. Click image to view larger.

Ferry William Inglis in snow and ice, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

A Wintery Inglis

Islanders wait to board the William Inglis in a December snowfall. Click image to view larger.

Toronto Island Community Portrait 2013, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Island Community 2013

Where were you on August 5, 2013?  Five years after the last community portrait, Islanders came together for a special panorama marking the 100th anniversary of the Ward’s Island Association.  If you couldn’t make it, mark your calendars:  the next portrait will be taken on Monday, August 6, 2018. Click image to view larger.

Willow Square mosaic unveiling, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Willow Square 2012

Volunteers and organizers come out to celebrate the unveiling of the magnificent Willow Square mosaic, marking the transition from what was  often a garbage transfer station on Wednesdays to an exceptional public space. Thanks guys, the WIA has never looked so lovely.

Traffic circle unforest, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

The Unforest

Christmas trees haunt the traffic circle before the annual Equinox bonfire of 2012.

Kayaking in early morning ice, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands

Harbour Dawn

After going through Hanlan’s and the airport for almost six weeks in 2004 the ice was pretty thick, and the City contracted out one of the largest tugs in the harbour to break up the ice as much as possible. After six weeks of relative silence the crunchy tinkling sound woke me up, in time […]

Toronto Island Community on the ferry Ongiara, Toronto Islands


Time warp back to 2004, and a sudden cold snap breaks the Ward’s dock hydraulics, trapping the Ongiara in place for several hours. The legendary ingenuity of the Island community came to the fore, assuming that having everyone run from one end of the boat to the other might shift it enough to get free […]

Channel and Fifth after a heavy snowfall, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Snow Day

Tractor treads mark the sidewalk at Channel and Fifth St. after so much snow fell in 2008 that farm equipment had to be brought in to help. Click image to view larger.

Fantastic ice sculpture panorama, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Internal Light

The small light on the breakwall at the end of Ward’s beach turns into a wonderful ice sculpture after a heavy winter storm. Click image to view larger.

Ice sailing and ferry Ongiara, Inner Harbour, Toronto Islands


Ice sailing under winter clouds on the frozen inner harbour, as the Ongiara sails past. Click image to view larger.

Kayaking on an ice floe, Inner harbour, Toronto Islands

Cool Place To Park

Perching on one of the last intact ice floes of 2004, looking for panoramic photo opportunities. Click image to view larger.

Toronto skyline panorama framed by tree silhouettes, Olympic Island, Toronto Islands

Winter Bones I

Barren trees on Olympic Island perfectly frame a December twilight over Toronto.

Sunrise twilight panorama of Toronto skyline, Centre Island, Toronto Islands

Golden Hour I

Sunrise on the Toronto skyline yields lovely pastel contrasts as seen from Centre Island in this 2011 update to the skyline series.  The Port Lands still remain conspicuously absent from the image, but the sky cranes are moving steadily eastward:  how many years until this is a historical photograph?

Foggy Toronto skyline panorama, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

One Foggy Night II

The Toronto skyline floats in the sky, sandwiched between dense cloud and fog, in 2008. Click image to view larger.

Marcia Crist and Andre McConnachie, Rogue Wave, Rogue Wave 2007, Toronto Islands

Rogue Wave

Andre McConnachie and Marcia Crist’s wonderfully cheeky Rogue Wave waves at the Toronto skyline during Rogue Wave 2007.  (Click image to view larger.)

Jimmy Jones black ice 2005, Ward's Island, Toronto Islands

Jimmy Jones Center Ice

Jimmy Jones takes center ice with Leo and Samantha on the legendary black ice of 2005, seen here off the boardwalk and frozen all the way to the spit. Click image to view larger.

Doug Guildford, Wasp, Rogue Wave 2007, Toronto Islands


Doug Guildford’s Wasp floats serenely off of Ward’s Island during a calm Rogue Wave 2007 twilight.  (Click panorama to view larger.)

No Sleep 'Til Bedtime, Talent Night 2005, Toronto Islands

No Sleep ‘Til Bedtime

David photographs Zeke and friends during their Talent Night 2005 performance of No Sleep ‘Til Bedtime.  (Click image to view larger).

Black ice panorama, Toronto Outer Harbour, Toronto Islands

Distant City

Zeke and a friend light up the fabled black ice of 2005, seen here at sunset about half a kilometer off of the boardwalk. Click image to view larger.