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Doris McCarthy Trail (Scarborough)

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It took me less than 15 minutes to go down the Doris McCarthy Trail to the lake (note that the path is wide but a bit steep). Everything seemed exotic at the foot of this trail: powerful waves brushing the shore, glittering water with shades of turquoise... Then, blending so lovingly with the surroundings, I saw Passage, a work of art from artist Marlene Hilton-Moore in honour of the Torontonian painter Doris McCarthy. It looked like the remnants of an ancient canoe or the rib cage of a strange aquatic mammal, overlooking the cliffs along the shore. There was a small beach, east of the trail. On the way down to the lake along the Doris McCarthy Trail, hidden by the bushes, there's a stream flowing between large rock plates. In some places, the bed of the stream is two metres lower than the level of the trail, forming an irresistible corridor to explore (the perfect adventure with older kids).

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