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10 Photos that showcase Toronto's unexpected urban oasis

Oct 01, 2015

People looking at Toronto skyline from Tommy Thompson Park

The Toronto Star looks at how a part of the city once designed as a holding area for construction waste material has been transformed by a very determined Mother Nature.

Back in the 1950's, the Leslie Street Spit was designed to serve as a breakwater for Toronto's harbour. At first, it was a resting place for unwanted construction debris. Over time though, nature repurposed the site, creating an unexpected oasis for birds, fish, turtles, snakes and rabbits. With this diversity of species came their fans -- birders, anglers, hikers and cyclists. Tommy Thompson Park has become a hidden gem in the city.

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