18-Aug-2001 -- 44N 79W is the confluence closest to the city of Toronto. Elda and I visited it during our return trip from our successful attempt at 45N 77W. From highway 401, it’s a simple matter of driving north through the town of Whitby to the hamlet of Ashburn. The confluence lies southwest of the intersection of Ashburn Road and Myrtle Road West.
The suburbs of Toronto have not yet entirely engulfed this neighbourhood. Although the confluence itself does lie behind a house, much of the surrounding area is still farmland. One interesting farm we passed on the way to the confluence raises ostriches and emus (see photo #6).
It was after 6:00 p.m. when we arrived at the house in front of the confluence. Because we didn’t want to disturb the owners of the house and because we were tired from our long drive to our earlier confluence attempt, we decided we would quickly take our photos from the sidewalk and then head home.
The first photo was actually taken from along the road about 50 metres west of the house (rather than taking a photo looking south into the hedges surrounding the house). The camera is looking back to the southeast toward the confluence. The confluence is in the centre of the photo, about 100 metres straight ahead.
The next three photos show the view from the house in front of the confluence: photo #2 shows the view west down Myrtle Road, photo #3 shows the view north across the road and photo #4 shows the view to the east.
The fifth photo shows the GPS reading. From in front of the house, we were about 80 metres north of the actual confluence.
The sixth and final photo shows the ostrich and emu farm we passed on the way to the confluence (on Thickson Road). Although we did indeed see some ostriches, only emus are visible in this photo.