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If you live in Toronto and ever want to feel as though you’re the only person on Earth, visit the Toronto Islands in a snowstorm.

Geoff & I took the ferry to Ward’s Island on Friday because we had a photo project to work on, and we trudged across to Gibraltar Point and back (a total of about 7 kilometers). We saw a few people out walking their dogs, but once we got past Centre Island, we were—or seemed to be—alone. We walked through Centreville, the amusement park, and the only sound was the groan of ice. The snow was coming down pretty hard on our way back and our fingers were too frozen to take pictures properly. A few pictures ended up having the shadows of my wet mitts in the corners, and a few were blurry.

One of the things I like best about visiting the Islands is the colour, which surprises me every time since we are so cut off from the water, despite being on the water. Suddenly everything is shades of mint and ice and aqua, and this is intensified in winter. It was surreal and beautiful, and walking on the beach over sand and snow in heavy boots is such a strange experience. Ordinarily I would have been miserable feeling so cold and so damp, but I was enjoying our mini adventure too much; I knew that soon enough we would be in a heated cabin on the ferry, gliding along the frozen lake. The skyline was obscured and I felt a million miles away from everything—at least until we got back to Union Station at rush hour. Afterwards we ate Korean food off sizzling plates to thaw out, and talked about how glad we were that on that day, we went headlong into winter instead of hiding from it.


The photo above was taken a few feet away from where this photo was taken.
















75 comments:

  1. YES. so true that diving into the thick of it can be less painful than shuttering it out. between these shots and jane's ice huts today, i'm ready to pack a bag and head to the tundra. ice maidens!

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    1. Well, now that I've done it at least once I'll take spring now, please!

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  2. wow, so beautiful. i love the colours and that scalloped detail on the building. i miss winter!

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    1. Thank you! And I am so sick of winter...

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  3. Snow and ice make for such majestic photos! I tried to go outside the other day with my camera but my hands froze after a few minutes.

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    1. Yeah, I wished I had brought some of those packets of hand warmers with me on this day. I shivered just thinking about it.

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  4. I love these photos! There is a certain beauty in winter, ice and snow and although I am more of a summer person myself lately I began to appreciate winter more, maybe because in this corner of the world is never too long and certainly not too cold! Wonderful shots!

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    1. Agreed. This is part of my attempt to enjoy winter and to see the beauty in it. Thank you!

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  5. Scarborough Bluffs in winter also feels like that... but in a scary, If-I-was-murdered-no-one-would-ever-know-about-it way! But you can get some amazing, icy photos there too.

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    1. Oooh, I don't think I've ever really been out there. Maybe next time.

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  6. i love this! its good to see another canadian who knows what cold really is (although if you haven't been in winnipeg lately that is a whole other story).

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    1. I'm sure this cold has nothing on Winnipeg cold! Although I guess when it's really cold you don't spend three hours walking around outside.

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  7. these pics are absolutely stunning! here in nyc the snow looks pretty for about 5 minutes...and then turns into a filthy slushy mess. maybe now would be a great time to FINALLY visit Canada! (i can't believe i've never been. shame on me.)

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, the snow here is usually like that as well, but because there aren't many vehicles or any traffic on the island, the snow sticks, I guess. Slush is definitely one of the worst parts of winter.

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  8. There is always something so surreal about these wintry scenes - they seem otherworldly. To me in particular, because I've never really experienced what it's like to live in such cold.

    I've been hearing about your winter, and it sounds as extreme as my summer!

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    1. It was surreal to me as well, and so different from the experience of winter in the country!

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  9. so dreamy! it's too bad i'm not very good at cold weather, because these are the colors i wanna see all the time.

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  10. Oh how beautiful! Now that's what I call a real winter.

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    1. Thank you! Most of the winter hasn't been like this so I was glad to catch it on this particular day.

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  11. Ah, that sounds like a wonderful experience! This island looks so quiet and peaceful. I love all the shades of blue that you've captured here.

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    1. Thank you! It was wonderful. But I won't do it again anytime soon...

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  12. Oh! Too glorious for words. The horizon all smudgy and fading...I love it. Especially as we're in the middle of summer right now, and a heatwave at that, and I want it to be cold again so badly...

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    1. Thank you! I've definitely forgotten what heatwaves feel like, although we'll have one upon us soon enough.

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  13. Beautiful! right now I feel like it is spring because temperatures are finally above zero here

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    1. Ha! I know. We had a day last week that got up to 10 degrees Celsius and everyone got so excited.

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  14. These are soooo beautiful!!

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  15. What a great, great, great idea!!! :O
    Soooo lovely, and to warm up with Korean food afterwards is just perfecto!

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    1. Thank you, C.! And maybe just a little bit of a crazy idea too, ha.

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  16. I've been meaning to make it out to the island in Winter, and I always chicken out - I think I'll use this post as fuel to get my wimpy butt out of the house before Winter is over and enjoy how pretty it can be.

    I love how the island can make you feel like you're miles away - I bet that feeling is intensified so much in Winter!

    Beautiful pictures! I love the swans - it looks so eerie!

    - Meaghan

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    1. You definitely should! I mean, there's a lot of walking involved unless you have a bike and take it on a day when it won't be too slippery, but I'm so glad we did it at least once.

      Thank you!

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  17. swans in the winter?! had no idea. i will definitely be visiting now:P
    beautiful images, as always:)

    x

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    1. Yeah, swans and ducks... I guess they don't feel the cold as much? It seems crazy.

      Thanks!

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  18. These are beautiful! My family and I visited Toronto a few summers ago, and spent a hot August day wandering around Ward's Island. We wondered if anyone came here in the winter, and how it looked, and these gorgeous photos have answered both of those questions!

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    1. Nice! The last time Geoff was there with some friends they all got very badly sunburned, so this was a pretty funny contrast.

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  19. Breathtaking! I don't think I've ever seen a landscape drenched in those particular colors before. I want to.

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    1. Thank you! I'm so pleased with how they turned out.

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  20. Anonymous29.1.13

    These are beautiful... I think I'll have to hop on that ferry soon

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, $7 for an afternoon is pretty great.

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  21. winter truly is the most beautiful thing. i'm heartbroken we don't get piles of snow in chicago anymore. not even joking. what could be better than subtle fades of color surrounded in a white abyss? this post is breathtaking. love the photos!

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    1. Thank you! We don't really get piles of it either, although most of the time I'm glad because it makes city living miserable when there's too much snow... But I'm happy that in the midst of hating winter I can occasionally see the beauty in it.

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  22. These pictures are such hauntingly beautiful. It really looks like the end of the world, but in the best possible and most inspiring way. Toronto, what a city.

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  23. so pretty and poetic! I've never visited Toronto island in winter. I thought the island is closed during the winter, but I might be wrong. I love lots of snow!

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    1. They only run one ferry in winter, the Ward's Island one, but yeah, it's still open. There just isn't that much to do, I guess!

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  24. i was hoping you shot film on your visit!!! beautiful.

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  25. These are so insanely beautiful!

    x missdottidee.blogspot.com

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  26. Adora31.1.13

    I love these!

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  27. wowow wowo these are stunning!

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  28. such a dreamy snowscape

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  29. beautiful colours and tones! i know the canadian winter well

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    1. Yeah, so pleased with how the pictures turned out.

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  30. Holy shit! I've never really considered going to the Island in the winter before. The Island is definitely one of those Toronto things I take for granted. These pictures are gorgeous! Sounds like you had a wonderful day.

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    1. I feel like I take it for granted too! I think it's because the dang dock is a pain to get to (even though it isn't really? Just feels like it is). Hoping to go for a million bike rides there in the summer.

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  31. My friend Becky (I believe you know her) gave me that Toronto photograph you took as a gift and it serves to make me long for the good things about my old home, including the Island. I don't often get homesick, but these photos did the trick today!

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    1. Aw, that's so sweet to hear. Thanks.

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  32. I am in love with this set of photos! I love your film photos so much and I also love the Toronto Islands. It seems like a whole other world out there and it is even more so in the winter! I've never been in the dead of winter, such a great idea!

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    1. Thank you! It was maybe a bit of a crazy idea but I'm so glad we did it.

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  33. Hey Anabela,

    May I please admit how much I have a girl crush on you. Okay, I promise I'm not crazy! I've loved your blog for a really long time now, but I have a bad habit of not commenting (but I'm changing that). Thank you so much for commenting my post, it means a lot to me seriously!

    This post is just stunning. I am genuinely in awe. And I'm so sorry for the belated congratulations to you and Geoff. I only recently learned that you guys walked down the aisle in the fall. I just stopped looking at my blogger feed for a while and then I was catching up on my favorite blogs and saw the photos. Congratulations. You look so beautiful, both of you.

    Well, I just started a facebook page last night and I think you may just be interested! Feel free to check it out and like it: http://www.facebook.com/levaguedefemmes

    P.S. Thanks again for corresponding with me about the tote for my last film. I'll definitely buy one and feature it in my next film. Thanks again!

    xoxo,
    Avalonne

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    1. Aw, Avalonne, thank you so much for your sweet comment! You are too kind.

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  34. Seriously incredible winter shots! I too love walking near the water in Winter. Beaches on PEI keep a bit of a red tint to the snow, at least on the south shore, and the waves in the ocean make for the most interesting ice formations. You've inspired me to go out and snap some photos before it all melts away!

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  35. Wowza, amazing shots Anabela! Would never think to head out there in the middle of a winter storm. Worth it for the experience and the cozy warm up food after. [juli @ mjolk]

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  36. Such beautiful photos. Makes me want to play in the snow, and that's saying a lot. I generally hate the cold. XD Lovely post!

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