Lake Ontario’s current shoreline is a mirrored reflection of our society’s attitudes towards nature. As the fourteenth largest freshwater lake in the world, it is truly a marvel of nature. Its size and beauty have influenced Ontario and Canada’s development—its geographical position a compass for human settlement.
Yet, somehow in our march towards development and growth, we have been unable to preserve Lake Ontario’s ecological integrity. Today’s shoreline has been greatly altered to better facilitate human activities, at the peril of water quality and the well-being of wildlife.
To better understand and document our current influence on Lake Ontario, I travelled and photographically documented the Canadian shoreline from 2009 to 2014. Beginning at Niagara-on-the-Lake and ending at Wolf Island, near Kingston, I photographed as many shoreline areas as access would allow. The resulting images represent the good, bad, and ugly shoreline that characterizes today’s lake.