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Canoe Landing (Toronto)

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I had noticed the giant red canoe as I was driving on the Gardiner so I went looking for it. I came for the canoe, but I fell in awe of the colourful fishing bobbers standing in front of me by the entrance of Canoe Landing. They’re so whimsical, especially with all the serious condos and the CN Tower in the background. As I was walking the red canoe I could see all the way on the south edge of the park, I heard the sound of running water. Looking back, I saw a dozen of sprays of water shooting out of the ground between the fishing floats. The whole thing turns into a spray pad! (You’ve got to push a round button inlaid in the concrete floor near the installation.) The Fort York Boulevard is now open between Bathurst and Spadina. (Watch our little clip! of the overall view, and this one of the pedestrian bridge at Front and Portland, near an indoor municipal parking and leading to Canoe Landing.)

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  • Thursday, 18 July 2013 posted by Sonia

    I live across the street at the Ice boat terrace buildings, and the pad is great...when it works. I've had to take my toddler to a wading pool nearby because I've stepped on the button and it just didn't work. I'd love to know if it was on a timer, or if it shuts off during extreme hot weather. It's disappointing.

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