Ernest Thompson Seton Park Trail

This is yet another park along a branch of the Don River that's popular for jogging, cycling, walking, horse riding and picnicking. There's also an archery range here. But off the beaten (and paved) path, there are other things to see here that most people might not be aware of. For naturalists, there's a nice wetlands area surrounded by pine woods hidden away in the corner between the Science Center and Eglinton Avenue. But it's not as wild an area as you might think. The ducks and geese will come up to you expecting a snack.

Ernest Thompson Seton was born August 14, 1860, in South Shields, Durham, England. Although he died an American citizen on October 23, 1946, much of his childhood was spent in Toronto. As a young boy Seton wandered through the ravines of Toronto observing animals in their natural habitat; often painting and sketching these scenes. In 1897, he won a gold medal from the Ontario College of Art, and received a scholarship to the Royal Academy in London, England. Seton was recognized as the pre-eminent naturalist of the early twentieth century, and furthered this cause by forming the Woodcraft Indians in 1902. Seton's idea to teach boys about Indian lore and the wilderness was later adopted by Lord Baden-Powell who founded the Boy Scouts. Information provided by the Toronto website.

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