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Gibraltar Point Sand Dune entrance | by enjoyontario
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Gibraltar Point Sand Dune entrance

This photo is of the entrance to the Gibraltar Point Sand Dune. Photo looking south from Lakeshore Ave towards the beach. A plaque reads, "Welcome to the Gibraltar Point Sand Dune / Toronto Island was once home to a large sand dune system that stretched along its entire south shore. Over time, much of the dune has been changed to formal parkland, recreational beaches and hardened shoreline. This site was restored following construction of the Toronto Deep Lake Water Cooling project. / Why are dunes special? / Sand dunes are very dynamic structures. The constantly shifting sand, and hot, dry summer conditions of the dunes create an environment where only specially adapted plant species can survive. The Toronto Island Sand Dunes are home to several rare plant species and have been classified as an Environmentally Significant Area by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority. / This sculptural fence was woven from live willow cuttings. It provides important ecological functions such as sand retention, establishment of native willow plantings, and wildlife habitat. It was created by artists Stephanie Bunn and Jon Warnes, and completed with the assistance of local volunteers."

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Taken on August 6, 2009