Charles Sauriol Conservation Area

IMG_1422A few weeks ago, while killing time before a work meeting in Scarborough, I set off on a stroll down Lawrence Avenue. After a few minutes, I noticed a sign on the opposite side of the street that read, “Charles Sauriol Conservation Area”. It sounded a bit more scenic then my current route down a main street, so I jaywalked across 6 lanes of traffic (sorry mom!), and set off in a new direction.

The Charles Sauriol Conservation Area is located in the Don River Valley, and while I could still hear the quiet (sometimes loud) hum of cars on the DVP, the scenery was beautiful. The leaves were in their peak autumn colours, and I saw a grasshopper, a caterpillar, birds, and even a garter snake. It was a fresh breath of air.

As I walked along, I thought about all of the times I have been stuck in bumper to bumper traffic on the DVP. During those times, I would have been surrounded by the beauty of the Don Valley; but had I ever noticed the brilliant autumn colours? Probably not, as I would have been stressing about getting to my destination on time. I made a promise to myself that the next time I find myself in such a situation, I will remember to take a moment to take in the beauty, before returning to cursing at the road congestion. This thought inspired me to write a Haiku.

The Don Valley Parkway (A Haiku)

Traffic trench
Autumn paradise
Stuck enroute

Charles Sauriol, was a passionate Torontonian, who worked to protect the natural state of the Don River Valley. He also co-founded the Don Valley Conservation Association in 1946.  Thanks Charles for keeping our city beautiful!

Here are some photos I took on my iPhone:

Coming soon to Shan On Route: I have just returned from one week in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Stay tuned for blogs about Eastern Canada soon!

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