For as long as I can remember, September in Toronto has been one of the best months of the year. Along the waterfront, people enjoy the sunny days and slightly fresher air. It seems cleaner, too; less pollution and less humidity. Gone are the crowds of August. The charter boats on Lake Ontario still do a brisk business before the colder winds of October blow in.
In September and into early October the wealthy make their last rounds on the Great Lakes before the yachts and power boats are either dry-docked or sent on their way with crews to winter havens in the tropical seas of Florida or the Caribbean.
The end of the month signals the beginning of fall foliage displays in the country. Life always seems to move at a different pace in the wide-open spaces of rural central Ontario. When the forecast signals good weather for the weekend, this is the best time of the year for a drive in the country. Animals seem to welcome urban visitors. A few more weeks and apple picking will be at its peak and, before we know it, it will be time to celebrate Halloween.
Thanks to Duilio Zane for these great photographs.
Locations: Toronto Harbour and a ranch just north of Bowmanville.-------------
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