My hiking partner, Helen, joined me again as I ventured into downtown Toronto’s Distillery District for the last night-time adventure in this challenge.
I expected the area to be deserted, and with the exception of a solitary security guard who did not give us a passing glance, we were alone to explore the historic cobblestone streets.
What immediately caught my attention was the view of downtown and the changing lights on the CN Tower. After 30+ years in the city, I never grow tired of the sight of the iconic tower.
The Distillery District is a popular entertainment area full of artisan shops, restaurants, cafes, and art galleries. It is on the site of the former Gooderham and Worts Whiskey Distillery from the mid-1800s. According to their website, it is the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian Industrial Architecture in North America.
In 1990, the Gooderham & Worts Distillery ceased operations after 153 years of continuous production. In the following years, up to its rebirth in 2003 as a pedestrian-only cultural centre, The Distillery was the second largest film location outside of Hollywood.
During the day-time this area is normally bustling with people, even during the winter when many of the bars and cafes have outdoor lounging areas with fire pits and heating lamps. This morning however, it was quiet and still.
Leaving the Distillery District, the city was starting to come to life. Many cars and pedestrians were now out on the road as the early birds were heading to work.
There were 2 unusual things I noted on my night-time drive:
1) on a major road I’ve travelled thousands of times going to work each day, I noticed a deer crossing sign which I can’t recall ever seeing before. How odd is that to have a deer crossing sign in the middle of the city? Stranger still, is that going in the opposite direction, the sign is for children crossing.
2) on 6 different stops, I found garbage piled in the middle of the road – obviously the driver of a car dumped his unwanted debris at the light before moving on.
Is this a new phenomenon or am I just noticing it for the first time? WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE?!!!
This was my world today between 4 am and 5 am. Please visit Northwest Frame of Mind for more on One Day One World.
I think I’m going to need a nap soon.