Why I Love Toronto Reason #58
The haunting of Grenadier Pond
Welcome back to High Park where there seem to be a lot of haunted things, but hey if you watch a horror movie things always happen in wooded areas. Today we are going to talk about the ghosts of Grenadier Pond which is on the west side of High Park. Now on a normal day it seems peaceful and not so scary. People boat, fish, feed the swans and/ or ducks that swim around as well as skate when the water freezes over in the winter. However, don’t let the happiness fool you, the pond is actually haunted.
Here is the story….
During the Indian wars a regiment of Grenadier Guards began chasing some “hostile Indians.” This happened during the winter season and the pond was frozen over at the time. As the Indians were running they came upon the pond which was iced over. The Indians crossed the pond in single file while the guards crossed four abreast in their marching step. However, the weight and the impact of their march broke the ice and a number of the guards fell into the icy cold water and drowned. The guards who drowned that night are the ones who haunt the pond.
Many people have reported that while they boat, or skate on the pond they can’t help but feel they are being watch by something from below. Could it be the ghosts of the guards that drowned that day? Or could it be some scary fish? I’m gonna go with ghosts it seems like the only logical answer.
Here are some other cool facts about the pond that make it awesome:
Apparently the pond is bottomless
You can fish largemouth bass, black crappie and pumpkinseed fish – all which are safe to eat.
It receives some water from Wendigo Creek and Wendigo Pond which is interesting since a Wendigo is a mythical cannibalistic creature. Interesting haunted and receives water from a cannibal.
Oh the things you learn about Toronto is why Grenadier Pond is #58 of
Why I Love Toronto
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