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Highway 427 (South) Storm Sewers

Many storm drains in Toronto leave tell tale marks of their existence. Narrow paths of parkland in the middle of developments, for example. Creeks that suddenly vanish off maps as another. Viceroy is not one of these drains; without knowing where to look, it is fairly well hidden.

Location attributes for Viceroy
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)
Built   Status   Difficulty
1968   Active (Non-Public Access)   ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆
Hazards Risk   Security Risk   AUE Rating
★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆   ★ ☆ ☆ ☆ ☆   ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆
Hazard Observations   Security Observations
Flash Flood Potential   None Specified

Viceroy doesn't make itself particularly easy to get into, either. Etobicoke Creek itself is deep right at the outfall of the drain, making wading in unpractical. It takes a combination of climbing and crawling to get to this one, but it's still doable while lugging along camera gear and flashlights.

Being comprised predominantly of reinforced concrete pipe (RCP), Viceroy doesn't give many opportunities to get out of the flow of water, which goes along at a surprisingly good speed. The roar of water in the depths of the drain when you first enter hints as to why, but still doesn't prepare one for the sight of the large waterfall about a kilometre in. It's a shame that the waterfall room itself isn't larger... the tight quarters made getting a photo a rather challenging and wet experience!

Venturing beyond the waterfall didn't happen this time - the idea of climbing up the loosening and wet stepirons with camera gear, as well as the lack of a railing and the awkward transition from ladder back to drain at the top of the drop, put an end to that. Research shows not much was missed (more RCP and a few junction rooms); perhaps a return visit to check out the upper reaches is in order once a few other drains on the list have been checked off.

Take the Plunge - April 2016
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