Viggo Checks Out Toronto’s First Real Winter Snow- December 2014

one happy Icelandic Sheepdog

one happy Icelandic Sheepdog

The first touch of winter came in much more gently this year.  Instead of the drama of 2013’s “Snowmaggeddon”, the ice storm that knocked out electric power for whole sections of Toronto and had tree branches crashing down on vehicles and sidewalks, we just got seventeen centimetres of snow.

I took advantage of the fresh snow covering to let Viggo do some off- leash rambling down along the stretch of the Don River which runs through our Riverdale neighbourhood.  Knowing that meeting cyclists and joggers is close to zero makes it that much more enjoyable as I walk with my Icelandic Sheepdog on the riverside trail.

Here are some pix from our walks – starting with the overcast first morning of snow. We walk up our Riverdale Street to Broadview, head for the footbridge that goes over the Don Valley Parkway, and then take the steps down to the trail that runs along the river.

the Don Valley Expressway on a snowy morning

the Don Valley Expressway on a snowy morning

Viggo coming down the footbridge to the Don River valley trail

Viggo coming down the footbridge to the Don River valley trail

underneath the Riverdale Footbridge

underneath the Riverdale Footbridge

the Belt Line tracks crossing the Don

the Belt Line tracks crossing the Don

 

Viggo waits at the tunnel underneath the Belt Line tracks

Viggo waits at the tunnel underneath the Belt Line tracks

Where In the world is Viggo?

Where In the world is Viggo?

 

Viggo's trail through the bush to the river

Viggo’s trail through the bush to the river

Viggo on the river bank

Viggo on the river bank

Viggo in the snow on the banks of the Don

The snow fell most of the first day.  We returned the next day – and as the pix will show – the snow had stopped falling and the sun was out. So were the kids making use of two of the city’s best hills for snow sliding.

the south end of the Broadview hill

the south end of the Broadview hill

The Broadview Hill - most sliders have yet to arrive!

The Broadview Hill – most sliders have yet to arrive!

Viggo being chased by a Bernese

Viggo being chased by a Bernese

Viggo stirring up the snow

Viggo stirring up the snow

We headed over the bridge to the steps that take us down to the valley trail. I looked over to the other excellent sliding hill – the one by the Riverdale Farm – and could see a few kids already at play.  Here is what my camera captured as i pointed the lens at the sun!

downtown Toronto in the background and the hill by the Riverdale Farm

downtown Toronto in the background and the hill by the Riverdale Farm

on the valley trail - Viggo looking for the ducks

on the valley trail – Viggo looking for the ducks

Viggo in the snow by the river

Viggo in the snow by the river

ducks heading south on December 12!

ducks heading south on December 12!

the Riverdale Footbridge as dusk approaches

the Riverdale Footbridge as dusk approaches

looking south from the Riverdale Footbridge

looking south from the Riverdale Footbridge

 

tobogganners on the hill by Riverdale Farm

tobogganners on the hill by Riverdale Farm

Mike, Viggo, and Clarence - the chase is on!

Mike, Viggo, and Clarence – the chase is on!

Viggo meets his buddy Clarence as we near the Broadview Hill

Viggo meets his buddy Clarence as we near the Broadview Hill

the sun sets on another great day in Riverdale

the sun sets on another great day in Riverdale

 

the dusk  view from Broadview

the dusk view from Broadview Avenue near the Rooster Coffeehouse

On thing about the sun in December – when it sets it sure does so in a hurry.  As we approached our front steps I looked back up the street and saw a stunning red sky. The afternoon’s ramble was done.

looking towards Broadview  from the front of our house

looking towards Broadview from the front of our house

 Update:  Well, so much for the snow! It stayed for less than a week. And the forecast for Christmas Eve? Plus10°C and rain!  So we can forget about that postcard “white” Christmas.  It looks like we’ll have to wait until the New Year for the next installment of snow.  Here are some other pix of our walks along the river and the neighbourhood on following days –

mud, water, snow - what's not to like!

mud, water, snow – what’s not to like!

Viggo on duck patrol on the Don River

Viggo on duck patrol on the Don River

A little secret revealed here – to get Viggo into the picture I sometimes toss a treat in the spot where I want him to be.  Well, this time the treat got lost in the snow and the Veegs is looking none too happy about it. He got a replacement morsel!

Viggo is not amused - no treat to be found!

Viggo is not amused – no treat to be found!

The Broadview Hill a week later - snow all gone!

The Broadview Hill a week later – snow all gone!

Viggo at Withrow Dog Park a week after the snow fall

Viggo at Withrow Dog Park a week after the snow fall

the neighbourhood skating rink - the only ice around!

the neighbourhood skating rink – the only ice around!

kids playing on the Canadian version of the  "field of dreams"

kids playing on the Canadian version of the “field of dreams”

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