BEST PLACE FOR BIRDWATCHING
LESLIE STREET SPIT With a long shoreline and network of ravines, we’re blessed with prime birding real estate. But the Spit, a dump site turned inadvertent sanctuary, is a feathered wonderland. Every year, thousands of waterfowl congregate from late fall to early spring, and songbirds, shorebirds and waders splash through during spring and fall migration. In winter, look for black and white long-tailed ducks, common goldeneyes and small buffleheads, all of whom swoop down from Arctic and boreal regions to luxuriate in our ice-free waters. Wild swans, escapees from dull lives as ornamental birds on landscaped ponds, are stunning sights. Honourable mention to High Park, where in autumn, north of the restaurant, birders meet for the Hawk Watch, the best migrant raptor viewing in any urban location in the world.