into the west

Standing at the frozen edge of Coote's Paradise AKA the Dundas Marsh looking west from the Desjardins Canal, March 1, 2009. This almost primordial scene is only reduced in its potency by the endless rush of traffic from highway 403 just behind us. But you can't hear that, so enjoy the scene, all ice and sky.

From the city trails web page:

Desjardins Recreational Trail

The Desjardins Recreational Trail is a 1 kilometre long trail extending from Kay Drage Park access road, along the Chedoke Creek to Cootes Paradise, across the creek then on to the Desjardins Canal. Work on the southern portion of the trail was undertaken and funded by the City of Hamilton in 1996 and the trail construction was a component of the bank stabilization work on Chedoke Creek. The northern portion, funded through the Fish & Wildlife Habitat Restoration Project, was developed as a construction access road for the fishway located in the Desjardins Canal and now serves as a maintenance road/trail to the fishway.

The trail was officially opened on May 25, 1996 to coincide with the first anniversary of the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail. The Waterfront Regeneration Trust provided funding assistance for trail construction. The trail links with the Hamilton Harbour Waterfront Trail, officially opened July 1, 2000.

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