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NATURAL HISTORY, TORONTO REGION

 

their fellow-citizens, there is even greater cause for pride in the general diffusion of a comfortable competence that is evident in every quarter and along every car line in the city.

Nowhere is it more in evidence than on Toronto's unique summer resort, " the Island." Years ago Charles Dudley Warner called it our Lido, but both the Lido and the Island have been altered much since then. The former shows by its vast caravanserais and monotonous rows of wooden bathing-houses that it has become a summer resort for thousands of European and American tourists ; the latter has become the holiday home of the multitude of citizens whose business or whose tastes keep them in town during the summer. Families of all degrees of wealth and social standing pass their vacations here, and in consequence there is much greater diversity of character in the residences than on the Lido. There is no tramway, however, as at Venice, but the geologist is sure to be a walker and will find much to interest him in a visit to this silting spit of land which by creating its future harbour determined the site of Toronto. Hanlan's Point, on the west, is the popular resort, with its baseball grounds, its out-door entertainments, its aquatic sports and its air of a perpetual kermesse. A few minutes' walk to the south and we come to the older cottages dating from the eighties, when the " mania for summer-outings " first struck Toronto. Goldoni called it a mania ; to us of the twentieth century it is the highest wisdom.

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