Tuesday, August 31, 2021

Tuesday Treasures

 August 2021 - Toronto ON

Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.

Toronto ON
Since I had done a way, Sherlock Holmes Way, last week I got to wondering what the difference was between a way and a lane, they look the same to me.
Way — A side street off a road.
Lane — A narrow road, often in a rural area. The City of Toronto has numerous rear and back lanes that are not legal streets.


Trinity Bellwoods Park, is said to be the home of a white squirrel.
White populations of eastern grey squirrels have cropped up here and there across North America, with some towns celebrating their rare animals and making them into tourist attractions.

On one fateful evening in August 2014, a white squirrel was spotted dangling by its teeth from a power line near Trinity Bellwoods Park, tiny paws stiffly outstretched.

A photo began circulating on social media leading many to believe that the legend of the white squirrel had ended in tragedy. We now know that there are more white squirrels in the city, but every time one is spotted (dead or alive) it’s a momentous event.

The special creature is a motif in Trinity Bellwoods' lore, so much so that the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s (CAMH) Therapeutic Art Program commissioned a six-foot-tall sculpture of a white squirrel in the new TD Commons at Ossington and Queen.

White Squirrel Cafe, across from Trinity Bellwoods.

Also across from Trinity Bellwoods half a block away from the cafe is this mural which I first posted on Monday Mural in September 2017!
This mural appears to pay homage to the Queen and quite possibly the famous white squirrel who lived at Trinity Bellwoods Park, directly in the direction of where his colourful laser vision is pointed. It is on the side of the Queen West Animal Hospital painted by Electric Coffin.

The squirrel's kaleidoscopic eyes keep a watchful eye over the passersby, as it sits on a traditional Lovebot heart. It is at the end of Trinity Bellwoods.

A little further along and you can stop at Squirly's.

Over in Little Italy in Eulcid laneway is this mural with white squirrels by Karen Roberts. I took this in 2019.


  1. I still remember the first time I saw a white squirrel many years ago at CAMH.

  2. I've never seen a white squirrel, but I've seen an albino deer - on Halloween, no less, and I was stone cold sober.
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/08/smells-good-in-kitchen.html

  3. ...this is neat, I've never heard of or seen a white squirrel. We have a number of white deers in the Finger Lakes. Squirrely's, what a name. Thanks Jackie for stopping by.

  4. We have a small population of white squirrels near us, Brevard NC. There are white squirrel statues and various stores also, but I don't remember any murals. They'd best get busy!

  5. My goodness, all this fuss over a squirrel! I love it!

  6. We saw black squirrels for the first time on one of our trips and I was excited about that --- now I want to see a white one . (Ours are either red or gray). I love the whimsy of the names in that neighborhood -- and just of celebrating something different.

  7. It's funny how some things just take off!

    Thanks for sharing your link at My Corner of the World this week!


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