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Wendigo Creek Drain
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created by theninjalobster on 7/25/2020 9:02 PM
last modified by Emperor Wang on 6/13/2022 12:58 AM
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Absolute back breaking but beautiful drain which curves along the old path that Wendigo Creek once took north of Bloor Street. During recent rainfall, the concrete segments of the drain came lose at the outfall, triggering construction on a new exit. In light of these events, it's possible for one to enter and explore this historic site.

Update: Now that construction is complete, the outfall is closed shut.

The first section only stretches about 30 meters before you find yourself at the bottom of an extremely tall shaft. A series of wet ladders bring you up to the top of a waterfall, where the drain continues as a small RCP under Clendenan and then Glenlake avenues for what seems like a long time. If I'm not mistaken, aotu says that it should end in a large storage facility which would in theory sit below Ravina Park or Humberside's Lawn Bowling field, yet to our dismay we only found a dead end, at Glenlake and Glendonwynne.
 Basic Information
Type: Drain
Status: Closed
Accessibility: Difficult
Recommendation: worth the trip
 Physical Information
Wendigo Way
Toronto, Ontario
Owner: City of Toronto
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  •  Hazards
     Interesting Features
    Tall shaft which extends from the creek bed all the way up to Bloor Street, messages left behind from drainers active over 30 years ago, and the opportunity to walk a historic path underground.
     Security Measures
     Historical Dates
    Built: 1913
    Closed: 0
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    Long before the city of Toronto expanded west and amalgamated the Bloor West Village, Wendigo Creek flowed undisturbed from the heart of the Junction at Laws and Dundas, down through Clendenan Avenue into High Park. By taking note of the windy streets, tall embankments and fluctuating contours, many features in the neighborhood indicate the old path the creek once took. When David Kennedy bought a large property that included part of the creek north of bloor, he dammed sections off allowing Salmon to collect in the ponds.

    Eventually, around 1910 the decision was made to fill the valley between High Park and Runnymede with dirt, allowing the streetcar tracks to be expended and paving the way for extension residential development. To get an idea of how much material was needed to complete the project, included in the gallery is an image which shows the heights of the sewer shaft which would eventually find itself buried. Also included are images of the drain being built and buried for the first time (circa, 1913).

    The disappearance of Wendigo Creek is a tale that has been told time and time again. The over simplicity of urban planning and the lack of respect for natures amenities is a price we have been paying for centuries.
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     Future Plans
    Finishing the construction of a new outfall.

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    vol 1
    Sat, Jul 25th, 2020
    posted by theninjalobster
    8 pictures
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    Historical Photos
    Thu, Dec 10th, 2020
    posted by theninjalobster
    10 pictures

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    Bloor Expansion (WTJHS): %20are%20for%20the,28th%2C%201914.

    High Park Nature: https://www.highpa...plore.WendigoCreek

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Emperor Wang on 6/13/2022 12:59 AM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Jun 13 22 at 0:59, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Jun 13 22 at 0:58, Emperor Wang changed the following: Web Links
  • on Jun 13 22 at 0:52, theninjalobster changed the following: Status, Accessibility, Description
  • on Dec 10 20 at 9:45, Steed validated this location
  • on Dec 10 20 at 5:46, theninjalobster updated gallery Historical Photos
  • on Dec 10 20 at 5:45, theninjalobster updated gallery picture Bloor Street, way back then...
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  • on Dec 10 20 at 5:43, theninjalobster updated gallery picture Drain construction
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