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Rail Trail Tale

Updated: Oct 2, 2021

This week I enjoyed an historic urban nature trail, perfect artichoke pesto and feminist art covering 40 sidewalk squares. Here is a Google Map of the Rail Trail Tale.

West Toronto Railpath Entrance

I love this flat n' pretty 2.1km trail that includes nature, trains, bridges and art. I just learned that the trail is going to be extended down to Liberty Village in the next couple of years.

Hello Aloe!

Upon meeting, my friend Michelle gifted me a gigantic aloe stalk because apparently you can eat the aloe gel and it is packed with good stuff. She puts it in her smoothies and says it feels cooool going down. Just be sure to prepare it properly to avoid the toxic laxative layer (collar pull).

Gaspar Cafe

This charming place is right beside the trail and has a fantastic selection of pastries, sandwiches, salads, pre-made meals and coffee. I got some house-made artichoke pesto and a family sized mac & cheese and both were delicious.

Little Free Library

These things are usually like a portal through which the universe communicates with me. I almost always find things I've been thinking about. This time was... a bit of an exception but still interesting. I grabbed a Roald Dahl book I had never heard of called 'The Magic Finger'. One of two reviews on the back described it as, "An unusual book that one cannot easily forget." Sounds fishy to me...I'll definitely vet this one before I read it to my kid. Ever since I found out that Roald Dahl was anti-semitic, I'm wary.

Shanly Street Art Project

I was so very grateful to happen across the Shanly Street Art Project by textile artist Skeeter Jones. "Portraits of powerful and inspirational women, such as Viola Desmond, Sylvia McAdams and Helen Armstrong, along with a quote from the woman pictured, are painted on nearly 40 sidewalk squares on Shanly and Salem Streets in Dovercourt."

I'd love to hear any thoughts or experiences you've had related to this walk, so please share on the Forum Discussion

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