Along the southern shore of Lake Simcoe runs a small country-like road with a single lane in both directions – shared by pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists. On a warm summer day, it’s a busy place.
Travelling down this road, one has a beautiful view of the lake on one side and homes on the other.
At one time, these dwellings would have been summer cottages for the city folk in the south, but now almost all of those small summer places have disappeared and been replaced with large, modern houses with 7-figure price tags.
What I find particularly interesting is that this small road dissects the highly desirable waterfront property from its water access on the opposite side of the road.
The shoreline is dotted with private docks interspersed with public beaches. Many of these homeowners have felt the need to erect signs, and occasionally gates, to advice people that it’s private property and they are not welcome.
Oddly, the fencing doesn’t continue all the way down to the lake, which makes me think the homeowner isn’t allowed to completely secure the area. That means that people – like me – can venture behind the gate and its fencing.
Occasionally I found just a solitary door – without any fencing – that was more of a symbolic gesture rather than a real deterrent.
Now in hindsight, I wish I had stopped to take more photos.
Thursday Doors is a weekly photo challenge hosted by Norm Frampton at Norm 2.0. Today Norm takes us to Newfoundland and an ancient Viking settlement estimated to be at least a 1,000 years old at L’Anse aux Meadows. Check it out.