Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Tobogganing in the Don River Valley

#Toronto families and children took advantage of the recent snowfall to fly down the steep valley walls of Riverdale Park with all manner of toboggans and sliders. Some parts of the slope are so steep that it reminds me of a fiscal cliff. The large park sits on both sides of the Don River and the Don Valley Parkway - connected by a pedestrian bridge. On the west side, the park is also adjacent to the City's Riverdale Farm (free entry, open 9-5). Taking pictures I noticed that most everyone had ear to ear grins as they skimmed the surface of the snow and hurtled downwards. This is one of the premier toboggan hills in Toronto.
The bottom of the hills have plenty of room to slow down and come to a safe stop, if you haven't already wiped out. Just keep away from the ball diamond areas. The kids above are racing to get back to the hill.
This group rode down on a large plastic sheet
Getting some air
You don't always go down the hill in the right direction
Looking down the hill towards the base of the slope

See more after the jump.

Building up speed
Hitting a mogul and jumping the hill


Looking towards the city's skyline from Broadview Avenue at the east side park
Looking south from left to right, the Don Valley Parkway, the Don River, the railway line and Bayview Ave
The west side park
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