of Avoca Reach
kilometres of Yellow Creek from Yonge Street to Mount Pleasant Road.
After crossing Yonge Street, Yellow Creek flowed through Mount
Pleasant Cemetery into the ravine now called the Vale of Avoca,
named for the valley of the Avoca River in County Wicklow, Irland,
or possibly for the poem by Thomas Moore. See
http://www.valeofavoca.com/ Here Yellow creek comes to the surface
for a while in a well treed ravine with some older forest; (Beech
Black. Cherry White Pine White & Red Oaks) and some new growth
forest of exotics (Norway Maple, Crack Willow, Horse Chestnut, Manitoba
Maple.). The stream goes underground again in the south end of David
Balfour Park and flows under Mount Pleasant Road to join with water
coming from Castle Frank Brook via the Spadina Trunk Storm Sewer
east of Mount Pleasant Road. There are records of several sawmills
in this reach. It lay in Former City of Toronto, part of which was
earlier in the Village of Yorkville. One of the Citys Discovery
Walks, "Central Ravines, Belt Line & Gardens,"
follows this reach as well as the reaches above and below. Sanitary
sewage flows via the Core Interceptor to the Ashbridges Bay Sewage
Treatment Plant. Storm water still flows through this valley, partly
in an open channel and partly in storm sewer sections.
If arriving by subway at the Davisville Station, cross Yonge Street
to the east side and walk south the Beltline bridge. There are steps
that can be climbed to its deck. Coming from the Beltline Reach,
one has crossed the bridges over the TTC yards and Yonge Street.
From the bridge one can look down on the site of one of several
sawmills that operated
along this reach in what are now TTC yards. Scadding also mentions
a pottery, Whitmore's Pottery Burned in 1830 and taken over by John
Walmsley. An old map shows a brewery near here. Look south to see
the low spot on Yonge street where Yellow Creek crossed over to
Mount Pleasant Cemetery. After crossing the bridges, one can look
at a map of the Beltline Park, which has recently been named after
Kay Gardner, the former City councillor responsible for planning
this park. Note small planted trees in this area: Cedar, Sugar Maple,
Hemlock, White Pine, Elm, Red Oak, & Red Bud. After a delay
of several years; The Beltline Park is being extended east; eventually
to cross Mount Pleasant Cemetery east of Mount Pleasant Road in
the valley of Mud Creek. Note the large White Oak which was protected
during construction of the underground parking garage for the nearby
Enter Mount Pleasant Cemetery through the gate in the north wall.
Point out nearby trees: large old White Oak, White Spruce, Ginkgo,
Larch, Douglas Fir, Silver Maple, Austrian and Scotch Pines, Yew,
European Beech, and many others. Mount
Pleasant Cemeterys tree collection is one of the finest
on this continent. Pass Ginkgoes and White Elm. Note Douglas Fir.
Continue along roads south along slope and into the valley. Note
the stone railing of an old bridge over Yellow Creek and the low
flat area which used to contain a pond. [a picture of this pond
is in the sidebar on this cemetery]. Continuing down the valley,
which has been nearly filled to within ten metres of the top with
soil from the construction of the subway. One can see Oaks, maples,
basswood and Elms growing on original slopes above the filled valley
bottom. There are many famous men and women buried here, but that
is another story.