When we think of wild places, we tend to think of trees. What should you do to heal the earth? Plant a tree. But walking in the wide open meadows that make up most of East Point Park you can quickly see why such natural open spaces are also important. If your timing is right, on a sunny day's walk in September, you'll be joined by hundreds of monarch butterflies sipping nextar from the profusion of asters that grow here.
At other times, you might see birds such as bobolinks, meadowlarks and savannah sparrows that prefer open meadows to woodland. East Point consist of 55 hectares of open undeveloped land wedged between a water treatment plant to the west and a sewage treatment plant to the east. Walking along the beach, you can study the patterns of the cliff faces and watch the bank swallows entering and leaving their holes just under the top edge.
Once you've reached the eastern edge of the park, turn south and pick your way down the gully at the end of the road to the beach. There's lots of driftwood, and on a warm day the beach can be an excellent lunching spot. East Point is the perfect place to bring your wildflower and bird guides. The walking itself is not strenous and the distance really depends on how much you want to wander; just keep your senses open.
Directions: On weekdays, take the Scarboro 86D bus from Kennedy station to the corner of Coronation Drive and Beechgrove Drive. Walk east and south to the end of Beechgrove. By car take Lawrence Avenue to Beechgrove, then Beechgrove South and east to the parking lot located just south of the tracks.
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